Dog Breeds

Dog BreedsOur trusty canine companions can make great farmhands!

Just a few of the chores that dogs can participate in include:

  • Guarding livestock.
  • Herding livestock.
  • Pulling carts.
  • Keeping watch over the household.
  • Controlling rodents and other vermin.

Also, if you enjoy hunting, your pointer, retriever, or hound might be an important assistant.

While we appreciate the value of dogs as companions, in this guide we will focus strictly on breeds that can find work on a homestead, farm, or ranch. Read on to learn more about the history, uses, temperament, health, and pros and cons of your favorite dog breed.


Livestock Guardian Breeds

Anatolian ShepherdAnatolian Shepherd


Great PyreneesGreat Pyrenees







Herding Breeds

Australian Cattle DogAustralian Cattle Dog


Australian ShepherdAustralian Shepherd


Border CollieBorder Collie


Bouvier des FlandresBouvier des Flandres




English ShepherdEnglish Shepherd


German Shepherd DogGerman Shepherd Dog


Old English SheepdogOld English Sheepdog




Shetland SheepdogShetland Sheepdog



Terrier Breeds

Jack Russell TerrierJack Russell Terrier



Hunting Breeds

American Pit Bull TerrierAmerican Pit Bull Terrier




Golden RetrieverGolden Retriever


Irish SetterIrish Setter


Labrador RetrieverLabrador Retriever




Redbone CoonhoundRedbone Coonhound



Helpful Resources

Iams Dog Breed Selector Tool
If you need help selecting the right dog breed for you, give this tool a try. Breeds can be sorted specifically by activity, such as hunting, herding, and watchdog.Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds

Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds
Looking for more information on the breed or breeds of your choice? This is probably one of the best dog breed encyclopedias in existence.

Stockdog Savvy
Specifically interested in herding dogs? This training guide includes an appendix with concise descriptions of many breeds, both common and rare. Read our full review.