It would be hard to say, not knowing any of the details, such as what kinds of dogs are available there, what your farm setup is (fencing, acreage, etc.) and what kinds of predators you have. And you didn't say whether you just want a general all-around farm dog, or an actual protection dog. Can you elaborate a bit on what you want the dog(s) to do?
what ^ she said. We have a lot of predator pressure here and a lot of acreage so we got 2 LGD's...Maremmas to be exact. They guard our sheep/goats/calves/ and chickens from cougars, bobcats, skunks, coons, hawks, coyotes and ranch dogs. It was bad enough that I could not let the goats out of their pen (with a lid on it) unless we were out there. Now, everything free ranges at will and we have had no losses or seen any predators close for 2 years, although there have been cougar tracks at the big pond..nothing comes over this way. One dog here, could not do the job required. I have gone out at night and found one of the dogs bringing my sheep and goats up to the house before joining the other dog out in the back pasture where the danger was. So they are perfect for our situation. If you are living in town, and have few predators, a simple farm dog breed might do.
Living on a 250,000 acre working ranch, with a JerseybeefX milk cow, sheep,chickens and ducks, 2 Maremma Livestock Guardians, ranchhand husband and a Golden Retriever who doesn't know he is adopted.
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