The perfect farm dog

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  1. Cornhusker

    Cornhusker Unapologetically me Supporter

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    Ok, maybe she's not perfect, but she's close enough for us. :)
    This is Nana, coming up 6 months old Border Collie.
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    She looks perfect to me! Very beautiful animal.

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  3. Lisa in WA

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    She is beautiful! We have a new 8 week old Border Collie/Australian Shepherd cross. He's a handful! Is Nana hyper?
     
  4. Cornhusker

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    Yes, very hyper.
    She's like a wiggle with a dog attached.
    The cats and rabbits are exhausted from being herded all day long. She doesn't chase them, she just turns them.
    She's like a Tasmanian Devil in the house, but will calm down after about 20 minutes.
    After she calms down, she likes to sit on my foot and watch tv.
    It's odd, I've heard they can't see tv, but she perked up when I turned it to the dog show a while back. :)
    I have no idea why she sits on my feet unless that's as close as she can get.
    My son had a black Lab that would sit on his feet when he sat down, so I guess it's a dog thing.
     
  5. Lisa in WA

    Lisa in WA Formerly LisainN.Idaho Supporter

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    This is Jip; his eyes aren't really blue...it's from the flash:

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  6. Cornhusker

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    Thanks, she is one pretty dog, and smart as can be.
    After being used to Biscuit the "wonder dog", having a smart dog is a major treat. :)
    We still love old Biscuit, and he still "wonders" what's going on. :)
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  7. Cornhusker

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    Good looking pup :)
    Nana has one blue eye and one brown eye.
     
  8. gleanerl

    gleanerl USMC can't fix stupid(s)

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    biscuit is a love, don't make fun.
    he is wonderfully fast........ just don't move out of your groove when he flies past you....... (don't ask how i know this)
    Jip is a cutie deluxe!
    ahhhhh, makes me miss the baby days with nana.
    now she's in her teenager phase.... aarrggghhhhhhh
    she's still a love tho.
     
  9. bgak47

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    I don't have a farm so I don't need a farm dog. I have 3 mutts that I love & who love me. One of them likes to carry around my shoes. He doesn't chew on them, he just likes to carry them around & sleep with them. Those dogs look Great!
     
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    I love that! LoL
     
  11. WolfWalksSoftly

    WolfWalksSoftly Level II -Inappropriate

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    I too have a Border Collie/Australian Shepherd.
    Awesome dog and has been a good friend, her name is Kya.

    She doesnt mess with the chickens and goes after any animal that doesnt belong.

    She talks to us by using her voice but not barking..and she knows to use her "inside voice" when we get on her about being too loud.

    She must have allergies though, she sneezes a lot when we ask her if she needs to go outside :)
     
  12. pookshollow

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    They're all lovely dogs!

    We're thinking of getting a pup in the spring to be a farm dog. Still not sure what breed though. :shrug: Something that won't kill chickens and cats, and won't chase horses and goats!
     
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    It depends what purpose one wants for the dog on the homestead, or farm.
    I want a guardian dog, and not a herding dog, so I am partial to my Kuvasz.
    She is well tempered, protective of those who she bonds with (including people or animals that the alpha owner accepts), great companion, and big.
    Kuvasz keep the large critters away that don't need to be near the homestead by their instincts. One needs to know the peculiarities of the breed and expectations and it's 'working class dog' is different than a GSD or a herding collie dog, but a great guardian the Kuvasz truely is. Beautiful looking and companionable, needs lots of room for 'territory', so it would not do well as a city dog nor ever keep tied up.

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    mrs oz here :)

    We have the rare basset/reindeer mix!! ;) And Lucy's eyes don't really glow like that. :p


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    Border Collies are my favorite breed. She is a beauty, that is for sure! Our Huck was a Border Collie and he liked to sit on our feet too. Must be a Border Collie thing.
     
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    I've got two border collies and can't imagine living without borders now. I've had others but will never have anything but BC's now.
     
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    Do they fly too or just pull the sleigh on the ground? :)
     
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    mrs oz here :)

    Did you get a load of those ears............of course they fly!! :)
     
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    Our 8-year-old Great Pyrenees, rescued from a shelter 7 years ago, is the best dog we've ever had! He is gentle with children of all ages and as playful as a pup at times. He is also a dedicated guardian of our family, friends, property and the other animal members of our farm.

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  20. Alex

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    Our Border Collie Australian Shepherd was the BEST 'Pathches' we got her for $1 in an auction. Amazing -- really the best.

    These are the neighbour's dogs who visit us for two weeks at a time. The owner, Francis, comes and gets them when they have to work -- funny.

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    Ritz with hat for the Fall Fair

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    Mac with hat for the Fall Fair

    Enjoy,

    Alex