For truly small farms, these draft animals can be quite useful in their own way, transporting tools, produce, firewood, small children, or whatever else is required.
Animals that are regularly herded with dogs include ducks, sheep, cattle, chickens, geese, turkeys, and goats. So what are the differences in working each type of stock?
The premise is that you cannot teach a dog to herd, simply because it already knows how. Instead, your role is that of pack leader.
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Many Shetland Sheepdogs today are simply well-loved pets. However, their trainability makes them the Border Collies of the small-dog world.
The Rottweiler retains his historic versatility. Thanks to his great work ethic, he will readily learn to carry out any meaningful task.
The Redbone Coonhound is first and foremost a hunting dog, known primarily for treeing raccoons, either for fur or for competition.
The Pointer ranks only 117th in AKC registration statistics, partly because it has never been popular as a family pet. But where bird hunters can be found, the Pointer can also be found.
The Old English Sheepdog is generally regarded as a pet and show dog today, but it has retained its herding instinct and can still work.
The Labrador Retriever reached the very top position in AKC registration statistics in 1991, and has remained there ever since.