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What would you pick for a family dog?

Postby David W » Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:10 pm

I like border collies and healers. We have a lab that stays outside and a old mutt that stays inside, like 15 yrs old. We have 4 kids ages 4, 2, 2 and 1. My wife wants to get a dog for the kids in the future, we haven't set any timeframe for this. I would like something that is going to be good with the kids and good around the farm. I can't let the lab loose at our friends farm or he would kill all the chickens! I don't know if we will do another house dog or not. We say no a lot of times but I like having them around. So what are your opinions and advice? Feel free to throw other breeds at me.

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Postby Kato » Mon Oct 24, 2011 1:40 pm

When it comes to kid's dogs, you can't beat a good Scotch Collie, especially if it's going to be an outside dog. My brother's Collie used to "herd" my niece back to the house if she got too close to the street. We had two Collie crosses over the years. The one we had when our kids were little used to pull a wagon, let them dress him up, climb all over them, and never left their sides when they were outside playing.

When we'd have kids visiting us, our second dog used to stand in front of them so they couldn't leave when it was time to go home. Considering he very seldom saw little kids, it was amazing how he just loved them instantly.
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Postby hillsdown » Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:05 pm

I agree with Kato, even for an indoor/outdoor dog a scotch collie is a great companion.
I have been blessed to have had 2 ,both rescues . Tibidoe was 4 months old and purebred and Bo was 2 and a half years old and had a bit of retriever in him . Both were very loyal ,but protective of me. They loved kids, especially Bo ,my niece used to ride him around when she was little .
They were great around cattle, Tibidoe we have when still dairying and Bo was with the dairy herd and the beef. They walked amongst the cows and horses ,but never bothered any of them. Excpet the one time I was cornered by a Holstein bull , Bo probably saved my life . :D
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Postby loomixguy » Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:33 pm

Myself, I'm partial to Corgis. We now have 3 dogs, Patty the three legged purebred Aussie Shepherd who is 15 and can't get around too well anymore; Lady, an Aussie/Black Lab cross who is almost 7 months old and is extremely sweet, loving, and protective; and Pac-Man, a Corgi/Red Heeler cross who is 5 months old and is 10 feet tall and bulletproof. Even though our 2 youngest are 17 and 14, the 3 Amigos watch out for them, and if Dolly & Miles begin to argue, they begin to raise hell to get them to stop the argument.

Next Sunday we pick up Jinkee, an 8 week old purebred Corgi female to round out the hounds. Can't wait! :D

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Postby katrina » Mon Oct 24, 2011 4:08 pm

Go to the pound... You'll find something that will tug at your heartstrings...
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Postby David W » Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:43 am

The Scotch Collie, is that the same as a regular old collie, like Lassie? I did a little research but there isn't much info on them. I did see a picture in my search of a dog that was similar in size to a border collie and a similar nose/face shape. Most of the other pics looked like Lassie. It got me wondering as my father in law has a pound dog that looked just like this picture. She is similar in size to a border collie and and similar in the face also. She is colored more like a collie and has a long fluffy/feathery coat. Just made me wonder what she is. She is a great dog. A little timid but being a rescue who knows what kind of past she had.

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Postby Faster horses » Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:57 am

I used to raise Scotch Collies and they can be a bit timid.
They certainly make good family dogs tho.
I also raised Shelties (Shetland Sheepdogs), you might look into them.
The are just like a Scotch Collie, only much smaller...
I always called them a 'big little dog' because they
act more like a big dog than a little one...as far
as being yappy goes. I really enjoyed both breeds.

Golden Retrievers are known for being good family/kids
dogs, but I don't know how they'd do with chickens. :D
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Postby shiftyer1 » Fri Oct 28, 2011 8:45 pm

I've had several golden retrievers and they make a darn good family dog. When I went looking for one I couldn't find one. I will not pay for a dog, I have a couple times in the past and ended up with money tied up in the most worthless dogs imaginable. It seems the dogs I just stumble across make the best dogs. Like buddy, my 3? year old black lab who's outside barking at some intruder as we speak. I have goats and totally free range chickens with lots of coyotes around and have never had a loss from a coyote. Birds of prey and a bobcat and a stray wiener dog that found a new home yes i've lost some chickens.

The dogs with the sad stories tend to work out best for me. Thats why I let the wiener dog stay. If it's only got 3 legs and one of them is 1/2 lame, blind in the left eye and deaf in the right ear, it'll probably find me and get fed:)

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Postby Faster horses » Fri Oct 28, 2011 8:49 pm

Welcome to ranchers, shiftyer1!!
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Postby flyingS » Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:00 am

I am partial to border collies myself, although none of mine are partial to our kids. They like the kids but don't really play with them. We also have a standard poodle, she is awesome with the kids and does not seem to bother much other than she is onary to the cats. We have alson had a boxer who was an awesome dog around kids, she was hard on cats or anything she could get a hold of. She was not a down right killer she just liked to play, whatever she played with came out on the short end of the stick, except for our daugter. A big dog makes my wife feel secure so that's what we have. Although she would tell you that my old border collie would be hell on anyone who tried to hurt her or the kids, but we keep her kenneled so she is not working all the time.

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Postby pups and bucks » Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:36 am

I had a collie-german shepard when I was growing up...........guess that was my one good dog in yer life.........cud take her hunting coon,duck ,pheasant,didn't matter what when I walked out of the house with a gun she would start looking for something.......anything for me to shoot
that same dog would herd cattle sheep and hogs
wasn't real fond of Al Larson or the ups man.......... :-)
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Postby LazyWP » Sun Oct 30, 2011 8:53 am

The best kids dog I have ever had was a Catahula. He was about the most worthless dog for anything other then a buddy, I have ever had, but he loved kids, and me.


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