Living in the country and owning a dog seems to go hand and hand, and there are several breeds of dog that are naturally energetic and need plenty of room. The following are five breeds that need extra space to thrive. Each would make the perfect companion for country living.

Country Dogs

Border Collie

While all types of Collies need plenty of room, Border Collies are a high-energy breed that need lots of space for exercise or playing games that involve running. These dogs are also one of the more intelligent breeds. Keeping them confined to small spaces could lead to boredom and bad behavior. Border Collies are climbers and jumpers. Make sure any Lynx Brand Fence Products Ltd. fencing in the yard is tall enough to keep them inside.

Country Dogs

Australian Shepherd

These dogs are easy-going, excellent with children, and need lots of room to run and play. They are natural herders and enjoy working hard. Australian Shepherds can become destructive or loud if not given enough room to run or given meaningful activities to keep them busy. The dog might even come up with his own job such as herding the kids or chasing after cars.

Country Dogs

Labrador Retriever

These dogs were originally bred to work alongside fisherman and to retrieve game. They're great with families and love to be around people. Retrievers enjoy a variety of activities including running, swimming, and playing fetch. They need quite a bit of space for daily activities as maintaining a healthy weight is sometimes difficult for these dogs.

Country Dogs

Dalmatian

The Dalmatian has a rich history of participating in activities that involve lots of running. They were at one time used for running alongside carriages while guarding their masters. To stay happy and healthy, these dogs need plenty of open space for exercise. Dalmatians tend to roam and would benefit from a large yard that is fenced in with a Calgary fence.

Country Dogs

Boxer

Boxers are strong, sturdy dogs that crave human interaction. These dogs need plenty of room to develop properly and stay in good shape. A lack of exercise can result in weakness and muscle loss. An adult Boxer needs to exercise several times a week for 30 to 45 minutes as long as the temperatures aren't too hot or cold. A backyard is sufficient as long as there is plenty of space.

While each of these breeds have different personalities and physical characteristics, they all need plenty of room to stay healthy and happy. These breeds can make the best country dogs.

 

Brooke ChaplanBrooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She has lived and worked in her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico after her graduation from the University of New Mexico. Contact her via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

By Natalie Gomez on May 06, 2014 at 9:19 am 0 Comments

Dogs serve a variety of purposes. Since ancient times, dogs have been hunters, herders, and guardians of property and people. Those looking for great guardian dogs have a number of breeds to choose from. There are five breeds that are truly outstanding for any guarding purpose.

Rottweiler

Rottweiler

Rottweilers have developed a reputation as unpredictable dogs. However, a well-bred Rottweiler is a tremendous friend, companion, and guard dog. Rottweilers make great property protectors. They have a tremendous sense of what space belongs to them, and they will not let anyone they are unfamiliar with, come into their space. The Rottweiler's size will make any burglar think twice about entering an area protected by one.

German Shepherd

German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is probably the best all-around guard and protection dog in the world. They are completely devoted and loyal to their owners and their family. German Shepherds are easily trained for almost any purpose. These dogs are especially suited to guarding people, and they are regularly trained as personal protection dogs.

Bullmastiff

Bullmastiff

The Bullmastiff originated as a cross between a Bulldog and an English Mastiff. They were originally used as a gamekeeper's watchdog. The Bullmastiff would patrol a property at night in search of poachers. When a poacher was spotted, the Bullmastiff would knock the poacher to the ground and keep him down until the gamekeeper could arrive. Bullmastiffs are too powerful for the average person to fight off. They require a great deal of training so as not to become too aggressive with members of the family. The Bullmastiff would make a great guard dog on a gated estate.

Anatolian Shepherd

Anatolian Shepherd

The Anatolian Shepherd has been used for centuries to protect livestock in its native land of Turkey. These often 160 pound dogs will give their lives for the flock they are guarding. In recent years, farmers in Namibia have used Anatolian shepherds to protect herds from cheetah predation. The Anatolian shepherd is a superb livestock guardian, and can serve well in a family guardianship role.

Pitbull

Pitbull

Pitbulls are unfortunately much used in illegal dog fighting. If trained and bred properly, the pitbull can be used as a guard dog for the family. Because of their fearsome reputation, pitbulls are a deterrent to thieves and criminals. Pitbulls come in variety of colors, and there may be blue pitbull puppies for sale locally.

A guard dog has a special responsibility. These five breeds are more than capable of fulfilling the task and becoming a longtime member of the family.

 

Brooke ChaplanBrooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She has lived and worked in her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico after her graduation from the University of New Mexico. While researching guard dogs she was able to find blue pitbull puppies for sale online, and German Shepherds available locally. Contact her via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

 

By Natalie Gomez on Feb 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm 0 Comments