Farm dogs are well known for their docility, intelligence and kindness. They are protectors and are devoted to their master, but also, they are very popular but there are only about a hundred of breeds over the world.
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The origin of this breed goes back to the beginning of the history and even further back. One can safely assume that the Tibetan mastiff is the ancestor of several modern dog breeds. The Tibetan Mastiff is a typical mountain shepherd, well adapted to both the harsh climate and rough terrain and the livestock and its enemies. It has often been described as a great fighting and herding ancestor breed.
These dogs lived with the herds of shepherds and their only task was to guard and protect them and their shepherd from any danger. They were prepared from an early age by having them grow up with the flock. They live with their pack and it is their social association, with the sheep and the other dogs. In it, they learn important social behavior, from mutual grooming to hierarchy among themselves, but this association gives each and every one of them security. At work, the dogs are completely on their own.
The Komondor, also known as the king of shepherd dogs, served Hungarian, Turkish and Asian herdsmen as a reliable, indispensable friend and helper.
For nomadic shepherds, their herd of cattle was the most important livelihood which had to be protected and preserved under all circumstances. This protection was granted by the Komondor because nothing could get pass from him. Although seemingly relaxed and dozing, his senses were always on alert and he did his duty to protect when danger threatened his flock or his human family.
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a guardian breed that originated in Turkey more than 6,000 years ago. Well-suited to Turkey’s harsh climate and a nomadic lifestyle, he served shepherds as the frontline defense against predators. Large, rugged and powerful, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a working guard dog, possessing a superior ability to protect livestock. While not a “glamour” breed, the Anatolian’s loyalty, independence and hardiness is cherished by breeders and owners. This breed’s coat can be short (one inch) or rough (approximately four inches), with all color patterns and markings, including fawn and brindle, equally acceptable.
The Old English Sheepdog is a large dog from the United Kingdom. A dense middle-length coat makes a dog look like a small bear. Bobtails were once excellent shepherd dogs, who “specialized” in large cattle. But because of their unusual wool and other features of the exterior, they, before other shepherd dogs, moved away from their original destiny and became companions, less often guards and watchmen. In memory of their impeccable shepherd’s work, bobtails are on this list of the best shepherd dogs, because it used to be so.
The German Shepherd, which appeared in Germany in the 19th century, is the most popular of the farm dogs in the World. He excels in the role of watchdog and protection but is also a great pet, because of his faithful and cheerful temperament. His education, however, is not to be taken lightly, since, he has a strong and determined character, which is also his greatest quality. Both sporty and elegant, the German Shepherd is appreciated in beauty contests and disciplines such as tracking, agility and of course, herding.
The Welsh Corgi is one of the oldest British breeds. The exact origin is not known reliably because there are many different legends associated with it. Anyway, representatives of this peculiar breed were considered fine shepherds, which is confirmed once again by the documents dating from the 12th century, in which it was indicated that for the murder of the Welsh Corgi, which grazed the cattle, the owner was entitled to compensation – a draft. Other dogs were not so highly appreciated. A distinctive feature of the breed are short legs.
First, this breed has strong muscles and a well-developed musculoskeletal system, which allows them to move for a long time. Secondly, after receiving an assignment, the dog will closely monitor his wards, not taking his eyes off them for a second. Thirdly, these farm dogs are quite unpretentious: they eat literally everything and adapt quickly to new conditions. And, fourthly, they work together smoothly and clearly in the team, interacting with each other and distributing tasks. This is an ideal option for long distance hauling of cattle.
Their homeland is Great Britain, and these dogs have been liked by many farmers for a long time. They are literally created for work and can help a person all day and night and also be getting a real pleasure from it. Also, the breed is valued for endurance, the ability to make independent decisions. A few years ago, these dogs were recognized by scientists at Columbia University as the most intelligent ones. In order get a faithful helper from this type of pet, the owner must show his authority and also be judicious and calm.
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