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Popular Dog Breeds for Life Out Here

Popular Dog Breeds for Life Out Here

With over 150 dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club alone, narrowing down which breed is right for you and your family can be quite the challenge. Not to mention, just like people, not all breeds are suited for country living. From hard workers to fun-loving players, we’ve scoured breed lists and narrowed down ten breeds that are sure to compliment your life out here

Popular dog breeds - Border Collie - Tractor Supply Co.

1. The Border Collie

One of the most iconic farm dog breeds, the Border Collie lives up to its celebrity with an intelligence that is beyond any other breed in the world. Their love-to-work attitude culminates out in the field as a herder, however, you’ll find they also love to be close to home. Great for growing families, the Border Collie is a midsize dog (approx. 30-45 pounds) that will require a lot of exercise and training.


Popular dog breeds -Welsh Corgi - Tractor Supply Co.

2. Welsh Corgi

Historically trained at heeling cattle, the Welsh Corgi is a breed known for its loyalty and affection. Although the breed has been largely domesticated, they instinctively fall back on their roots. A wonderful addition to a small operation, this small dog breed (approx. 20-26 pounds) can still nip its way around a herd cattle while avoiding their infamous kick.


Popular dog breeds - German Shepherd - Tractor Supply Co.

3. German Shepherd

Although this dog breed has been largely associated with law enforcement, the German Shepherd was originally bred to guard and herd shepherd’s flocks. This large breed (approx. from 50-90 pounds) is protective and loyal to both his herd and family.


Popular dog breeds - Old English Sheepdog - Tractor Supply Co.

4. Old English Sheepdog

Another iconic farm dog, the Old English Sheepdog (approx. 60-100 pounds) brings agility and strength to its herding game. Although originally bred for driving cattle, the Old English Sheepdog has been extensively bred for show in the last decade. His best fit will be on a small operation he’s introduced to at a young age.


Popular dog breeds - Maremma Sheepdog - Tractor Supply Co.

5. Maremma Sheepdog

Another Sheepdog makes our list, but this time not for herding. The Maremma Sheepdog is known historically for its role as a livestock guardian. Although smaller in comparison to most livestock guardians (approx. 70-100 pounds), the Maremma makes up for its stature with loyalty and tenacity. This dog breed is highly dedicated to its charges, especially when introduced at a young age. Known for it’s warm nature toward children, the Maremma loves affection and is a great addition to a young, growing family.


Popular breeds - Greater Swiss Mountain Dog - Tractor Supply Co.

6. Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Originally bred to work as drovers and guards on farms in Switzerland, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is vigil, alert and territorial. This large breed (approx. 100-140 pounds) is dependable and family-oriented as well. With an even temper and mid-level energy, this dog breed is an excellent addition to a family with children and other pets.


Popular breeds - Catahoula Leopard Dog - Tractor Supply Co.

7. Catahoula Leopard Dog

Known for its iconic eyes, the Catahoula Leopard Dog is a working dog to its core. Developed to catch and drive swine to market, this dog bread is known for its problem solving skills and intelligence. Both protective and affectionate, the Catahoula is an excellent farm dog. The medium breed (approx. 50-90 pounds) does require daily exercise and extended periods of human companionship.


Popular breeds - Fox Terrier - Tractor Supply Co.

8. Fox Terrier

This small breed (20 pounds maximum) is not your typical farm dog, but its love of wide-open spaces and favorite pastimes of running, digging and barking make the country and the Fox Terrier a perfect match. Typically known for being hunting companions, this dog breed will also hunt mice and vermin if they linger around his home for too long. An inquisitive, active breed, the Fox Terrier does require a lot of its owner’s attention. Due to its excitable nature, the breed isn’t suggested for families with toddlers.


Popular breeds - Australian Shepherd - Tractor Supply Co.

9. Australian Shepherd

Contrary to its name, the Australian Shepherded was not bred in Australia. Originally developed in the American West by Basque shepherds, this highly energetic breed is sure to compliment any active lifestyle. Whether herding sheep or hiking through the woods with its owner, this dog is happy as long as it’s moving. A medium breed (approx. 35-65 pounds) the Australian Shepherd has also been bred for show. Keep in mind that the best herders will be smaller with shorter coats.


Popular breeds - Tibetan Mastiff - Tractor Supply Co.

10. Tibetan Mastiff

Bred in China, this large breed (approx. 75-160 pounds) is an effective farm and family guardian. Although not an overly active breed, the Tibetan Mastiff is a force to be reckoned with when its flock is threatened. This dog breed does require an experienced owner, due to its stubborn and willful attitude, but makes a great addition to a family.


With such an array of sizes, temperaments and skills, we’re confident at least one of these will seamlessly fit into your home.