10 Breeds Great For Country Living


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Looking for a breed that would thrive in the wide, open spaces of the country? Here are ten breeds that fit the bill!


Australian Cattle Dog

Happiest in wide open spaces, the Australian Cattle Dog (ACD) is ready and willing to work all day. ACDs are very high-energy dogs and extremely intelligent, so they need a job such as herding, obedience or agility to keep them happy. Their agility, strength and courageousness allow them to easily control and move cattle in both open and confined spaces, and they are NOT discouraged by stubborn cows.

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Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd lives for his job, which still involves herding livestock and working as an all-purpose farm and ranch dog. He needs a lot of activity and a sense of purpose to be truly content. This energetic breed fits best in a home with a lot of space to run or play daily.

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Bluetick Coonhound

The Bluetick Coonhound is known for its skill in trailing and treeing raccoons and other small animals in forests and surrounding countryside. Working ability is very important to owners who prize the sturdy and athletic breed. The dogs can stay on the most intricate of tracks, making it a prized companion for active sporting families.

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Border Collie

The Border Collie is the workaholic of the dog world. The breed is the world's premier sheep herder, with great intelligence, extraordinary instinct and working ability. Border Collies control stock with stalking movement and an intense gaze known as "eye." This high-drive breed is extremely energetic and requires exercise beyond just a walk around the block or a romp in the yard. They thrive when they have a job to do and space to run.

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The dog we know today as the Dalmatian has been a dog of war, a draft dog, shepherd, ratter, fire-apparatus follower, firehouse mascot, bird dog, trail hound and retriever. The Dalmatian was also the original coaching dog, charged with the duty of running alongside horse-drawn carriages for miles and miles and protecting them from thieves. The Dalmatian still loves horses even today. The breed is active and energetic, perfect for life in the country.

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German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a versatile hunter and all-purpose gun dog, with impressive scenting power and intelligence. The breed is proficient with many different types of game and sport, including trailing, retrieving, and pointing pheasant, quail, grouse, waterfowl, raccoons, possum, and even deer. The German Shorthaired Pointer thrives as part of an active family. He is a loyal family watchdog with a lot of enthusiasm for his work.

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Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers were bred primarily to perform as an efficient retriever of game and they are a favorite of people that participate in field trials and hunt tests. The breed's calm, biddable temperament is also suitable for many different activities beyond hunting. Labs thrive as part of an active family.

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Parson Russell Terrier

The Parson Russell Terrier is a true working foxhunter. Today, many Parsons are also found working in stables. The breed is very alert and confident, with a great deal of strength and endurance. Outgoing and friendly, the Parson is affectionate in the home. No matter the venue, the breed is filled with energy, so he requires regular exercise and attention.

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Pembroke Welsh Corgi

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi thrives on farms as a cattle driver and all-purpose farm dog. The breed is bold and friendly and responds well to training.

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The Rottweiler's ancestors were the drovers' dogs accompanying the herds the Romans brought with them when invading Europe. The breed's herding and guarding instincts were later recognized by dog breeders in Germany, and dogs were selectively bred for these traits. The Rottweiler's herding instincts still run strong today and the breed is happiest when given a job to perform and lots of exercise.

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Selecting a Puppy

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