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  • Looking for a farm-friendly guard dog

    So I recently bought a farm in Ocala and will be living down there for the better part of the year. It's big property and quite off the beaten path and while I'll have staff around during the day, I'll be on my own at night and I'd feel better having a big dog around just in case as I'm a very little 20 something that couldn't scare off a field mouse! I would love a Bullmastiff but I understand that they have an extremely difficult time in the heat, so that's out. I have had a Rottie mix in the past and he was a WONDERFUL dog, so I would absolutely consider a purebred, but I haven't a clue how they do with horses.

    I basically need a dog that is a great companion, happy to live on a farm (would live inside, but when I'm out, I'd want it out with me) but is also big and protective and good with horses. I'd love something that I could do Schutzhund work with, but it's not a must.

    Any suggestions?
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      great dane - the love the heat - are very protective and very intimidating. I know my dog would lay down his life for me. He is great with the horses - in fact he was licking our brand new foal's nose today, but has total respect of the big guys.

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        I"m the vice president of a dog rescue called The London Sanctuary. We are a 501(c)3. If you go to www.petfinder.com and put in zip code 32040, our currently listed dogs will come up.
        The dog Shrek is currently being fostered at my house, he's been here for the last month or so. I pulled him off Death Row at the local kill shelter the day before he was to be pts. He is awesome with all 12 of my other dogs, no problems with the horses, and he is great with kids. He also loves water and loves to play. He is crate trained and housebroken and is the greatest dog you will ever meet. He is also big enough that no one will mess with you when he is around for sure.


        I also have another dog at my farm now that is not on petfinder yet, she is a blue and white pitbull and is awesome as well. She's undergoing hw treatment so that is why she is not listed but we would be willing to take a deposit on her to hold her til she is done if someone wanted her. She is another one that was pulled at the 11th hour.
        "Perhaps the final test of anybody's love of dogs is their willingness to permit them to make a camping ground of the bed" -Henry T. Merwin

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          Amen Jaegermonster!

          ANYONE looking for a great rescue animal, dog, cat, bird, horse, etc. Search www.petfinder.com FIRST!

          You can find anything and everything you want there.
          Proud Native Texan!
          owned by 3 Cardigan Corgi's + 3 wonderful horses!

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            Jaegermonster: I would love, love, love to get a pit bull (they're my favorite breed of dog) but my insurance company simply won't allow it. If they found out I had one, they'd cancel my policy I've also been told that if I want a guard dog that is specifically bonded to me, I have to start with a puppy (my parents are good friends with the head of the K-9 unit in their county and he's the one that told us this). But I would really like to adopt a welsh corgi as a second dog, so I will make sure to take a look on petfinder when it's time!
            Nine out of ten times, you'll get it wrong...but it's that tenth time that you get it right that makes all the difference.

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              you can get puppies off petfinder- not that I really believe one must start with a puppy to get a good bond.
              You can always tell people your pittie is a "boxer mix" or something. Except I don't believe they make very good guard dogs- they are supposed to be extremely people friendly but dog aggressive.

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                Punkie, I am going to send you a PM - I just got an email last week from a neighbor who knows of two farm dogs that need homes, a Great Pyrenese and a German Shepard, they are currently living on a horse farm here in Ocala, and the owners are relocating to Miami and cannot take the dogs.

                I hope I have the email, if I don't, I will email my neighbor and get the contact information.
                There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams

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                  I know the bad ones are out there but I have only knows good/well bred Rotties and they were protective but great farm/family dogs. I had a Chesapeake Bay Retriever and he was really proetective of me. The great thing about him was that on his turf (which was my truck and his yard) he was very protective but if I took him elsewhere he was very friendly. I have met plenty of other Chessies that were the same way. They are not easy dogs to train though.....very stubborn. Once trained though....he was the best. FL would be too hot for their heavy coats though.I would find a good Rottie from a reputable breeder.
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                  • #10
                    You can also check the online kennel at the Marion County Animal Shelter:

                    http://www.petharbor.com/results.asp...ype_DOG&PAGE=1

                    We have a Rhodesian Ridgeback/Boxer cross female, and she is very protective. We got her from the pound, and her only hole is that she is not good with the horses, so we don't bring her to the barn.
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                    • #11
                      PM sent .
                      "Reason is, and ought to be, the slave of passions." David Hume

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                      • #12
                        I grew up with Doberman's and Rotties which have both been great farm dogs. German Sheppard is also a good choice, but I'd think you'd probably have to shave it for the FL heat. A less known breed is the Blackmouth Cur. That's my current dog and my all-time favorite dog. They do take A LOT of training and their teenage years can be exhausting, but it is all worth it. They are very intelligent and obedient dogs.

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                          German Shepards are great on the farm ..... If you want something a bit more serious that will protect your animals you could look into a Komondor too. They are a guardian dog used for sheep herds. I know of people who successfully used them on horse farms though, if you have boarders they need to be introduced though because they wont let strangers on property.
                          "My ideal horse is the horse that I fall in love with again every morning when I see his face hanging over the stable door, looking for breakfast. " - Jim Wofford

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                            ok, scratch that idea... LOL I dont think you could have a komondor in Florida... look up a pic and you'll see why.... hahaha sorry, im in canada, extreme heat does usually factor into my thinking sometimes
                            "My ideal horse is the horse that I fall in love with again every morning when I see his face hanging over the stable door, looking for breakfast. " - Jim Wofford

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                              For Florida, I'd suggest a Catahoula. They were bred in the south so they can deal with the heat. They are territorial and very protective of their people and their livestock. They can be dog aggressive and have a high prey drive so if you want one to get along with other dogs and cats, it's best to start with a pup or get an older dog that has been socialized to other dogs and cats. They generally get along well with horses and other livestock with a bit of training. I got a great Catahoula, Daisy, off Petfinder from a local rescue.
                              I'm a second hand Vegan. Cows eat grass. I eat cows.

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                                I'd go with a non aggressive dog. German Shepherd or Rottie would be my first choice. Are you looking for a protection or an alarm/alert dog? Smooth coat collies (collies are the BEST farm dogs, IMO). Fine to take from a rescue (and I would, an older dog that's been on a farm would be perfect) their personalities don't change too awfully much, even if they've had some abuse.

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                                  I disagree that you have to get the dog from a puppy in order to have a bond. I got my dog at the age of one, and I have had instances where he has put himself between me and a stranger with the intent to NOT let that person get within 10 feet of me.

                                  He's very protective of his home and his yard - but an angel outside of the house. He is the first one to alert me to danger.

                                  He's a mix - and I don't think he would ever make a good farm dog - but I feel 100% safe with him, even though I did not get him as a puppy.

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                                    Originally posted by DarkenStormy View Post
                                    I disagree that you have to get the dog from a puppy in order to have a bond. I got my dog at the age of one, and I have had instances where he has put himself between me and a stranger with the intent to NOT let that person get within 10 feet of me.

                                    He's very protective of his home and his yard - but an angel outside of the house. He is the first one to alert me to danger.

                                    He's a mix - and I don't think he would ever make a good farm dog - but I feel 100% safe with him, even though I did not get him as a puppy.
                                    Depends on the breed, IMO. As I said, a collie has a pretty consistent personality....some others don't.

                                    We have a lab who found us at six months. He's extremely protective of my daughter (goes to work with her at an equine vet clinic), protects us in the house and protects "his" cat from our other dog. He is a bit ADHD and will eat anything (as most labs do).

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                                    • #19
                                      Please check out Chow-Chows or some mix of one. They are the best guard dogs and are very much one person dogs.
                                      I have a Chow-Chow/Australian Cattle Dog cross. My dog guards my property with all of her heart, and lets no one get close to me without my say so.
                                      She follows me all around our property and lays in the grass while I work. She's happy to be right by my side or where ever else I tell her to sit.
                                      Just an all around great dog. The Cattle Dog in her kept her hair pretty short, but otherwise you can clip most of their hair off.
                                      She was very easy to train as well...I picked up her paw one day and said "shake" and she knew it from then on. Chows are also known for not getting into things in the house...very true and very wonderful trait to have!!!
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                                        Originally posted by DarkenStormy View Post
                                        I disagree that you have to get the dog from a puppy in order to have a bond. I got my dog at the age of one, and I have had instances where he has put himself between me and a stranger with the intent to NOT let that person get within 10 feet of me.

                                        He's very protective of his home and his yard - but an angel outside of the house. He is the first one to alert me to danger.

                                        He's a mix - and I don't think he would ever make a good farm dog - but I feel 100% safe with him, even though I did not get him as a puppy.
                                        I also disagree that it needs to be a puppy. Two of the last strays I rescued were over 7 yrs old. One was basically feral after being a stray for over 3 yrs (It took me 9 months of leaving food/water beside the road everyday before he'd let me touch/catch him). He is extremely devoted to me, protective, and my shadow. If I let him out off leash, he will not leave the yard.

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