Top 10 Dog Breeds for a Barn

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Getting the best barn dog depends on what you want that barn dog to do. Some are bred especially for rat and mouse control, while others are there to physically protect your expensive horses, sheep, goats, cattle, or whatevfur else you keep in your barn. Then, there are the herding dogs that are used to herd the animals wherever you want them to go. For all of these activities, you need a pooch who is smart, quick to train, and not afraid of horses and other large animals you may have in your barn. Here is a list of the top 10 dog breeds for your barn.

Australian Shepherd

This breed is the most pawpular horse breed in the world and the number one breed used in herding and protecting horses and other animals. They may not be as apt to chase away the rats and mice, but this brave fur buddy will stop the predators from hurting your prized horses. 

Jack Russell Terrier

This Terrier was bred to hunt foxes and other critters, so they will be furfect if you have a vermin infestation. They’re small too, so you can toss them in your backpack or saddlebag when you are out riding. They’ll also let you know if there are any threats in the barn with their loud vocals.

Australian Cattle Dog

As their name suggests, this pawesome poochie is a herder and protector of the cattle as well as the horses, sheep, and any other animals you need to herd. Protective, loyal, and brave, the Australian Cattle Dog is perfect for watching over your flock, and they can get rid of vermin too.
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Border Collie

A working dog from day one, the Border Collie is an obedient and intelligent pup with a pawfect work ethic. They know what they're supposed to do, and not only do they guard your animals, but they will herd them up and protect the barn from mice and rats as well.

German Shepherd

With a name like shepherd, you know they are good at watching over the sheep and your other animals whether they are in the barn or out in the pasture. These tuff pups are also excellent hunters and brave protectors from all predators, no matter the size. This is a good breed to chewse for any of these activities.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

This tiny pup is pawsitively furfect for all your barn dog needs, from hunting to herding to protecting. The Corgi does not seem to know they are small, so they will herd a group of bulls or protect sheep from a grizzly bear without a second thought. With a Corgi, you won’t have anything to worry about.

Rat Terrier

This little pooch is pawsibly the best barn hunting dog there is, which is where the name came from. The Rat Terrier has been keeping barns and homes free of rats and other vermin for hundreds of years. They are also pocket-sized, so you can let them ride in your saddlebag as you ride your favorite horse.

Great Pyrenees

This giant fur baby is large and intimidating enough to scare off predators, as well as cattle or horse thieves, while also being smart enough to know how to herd the flock. They may not get excited about the little critters running around in the barn, but they will protect the flock courageously furever.

Bernese Mountain Dog

Also known as the Bernese Cattle Dog, their skills include everything you need to keep your horses and other barn animals safe and sound. Furocious and strong, they will scare off the most threatening predator without batting an eye. However, they wouldn’t lift a paw to hurt a mouse or any other little barn critters.

American Foxhound

The American Foxhound is a born hunter, and can also be counted on to protect the herd from large predators. They will also let somepawdy know if there is a threat that they cannot handle. The mice and rats will no longer be hiding in the barn, and the fox won’t be shopping there either.