We have a pack of livestock guardian and herding dogs. Their job is to manage the farm. Dogs have a strong sense of propriety and that things should be in their place. This means the pigs and sheep should stay in the pastures and not wander out on the driveway or road. A herding dog does the work of five skilled people. Guardians make sure that predators stay out of our fields due to the dog’s marking and patrolling.
Our dogs do both duties: herding and guarding. This cross functionality gives them more versatility. The pack has lived and worked on our farm for six generations – the original sire, Coy, showed up and insisted he was going to work here whether we liked it or not. He was a strong negotiator.
We wouldn’t want to farm or homestead without them.
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