I was wondering what types of dogs are territorial? Our German Shepherd would always be off the leash and would never leave our property, are most like that? Is it something done to train it to be like that? We had gotten it at about 5 years old. Also, what do you think about these dogs when it comes to staying on their own property without a leash... Collie, Sheltie, Australian Shepherd, German Shepherd. We live on 21 acres of land out of town. But, not so far out of town that we're on a dirt road, there's still a popular road. Is it a certain dog that will remain on its property? Is it certain training? Thanks!
I don't really know the answer to that but have a suggestion. I know that certain breeds have "protective" traits, like the german shepherd and collie , but I don't think that one can completely rely on that. I would suggest talking to breeders (good breeders who know the disposition of their dogs) and an animal behaviorist (if you canhave access to a larger city and find one). I think that it wouldn't hurt talking to a trainer either . Good Luck!
Good question and a tough question. When it comes down to it genetics can only dictate so much. The breeds you have mentioned are all wonderful and have performed specific functions for much longer than you and I have been alive. Not to denegrate other breeds but the "smart " ones need something to do. 21 acres sounds great!!! What other kinds of animals or husbandry related interests do you have? As always there are many variables and there is never a perfect solution and or choice. A good working breed with sound training, a purpose(ie...herding/guarding ducks, goats,sheep, and or your veggie patch) an involved and loving family will not disappoint. Unfornutately for better or worse we all know there is no 100% inescapable fence for your situation. Good luck..you'll do fine. Give your prospective new friend a job and you probably will not regret it, it will take time, energy and possibly cash but they are not wasted actions.
I am unaware of your entire situation...kids, other pets, year round weather, etc..,. i have lived rural most of my life and if it all came down to it, in terms of a potential nonwondering canine and someone to watch after my family you cannot go wrong with: Bouvier, Bullmastiff, German Sheps, Rottweiler, standard Poodle along with many other herding and working breeds. Get a female or have a neutered male this will probably make things easier. Briard's are very underated or very unrepresented they are worth investigating I know of a few wonderful examples.
Dobermans and Shephards are probably the most terotorial dogs there are. But again both are working dogs and need a job to do. These breeds are also very protective of their home and family. If you are wanting to get another dog I think that another Shepherd or a Doberman Pincher would be ideal. Dobe pups when raised in this atmosphere can be taken outside with no leash and taught to stay near the house. You have to teach them their boundries though or they will venture out to explore and if running off critters like the fox or the opposom, they will continue rather then stop at their boundry because they simply don't have one. Dogs do not understand my property your property. Definatly get your dogs spayed or neuterd this will help a great deal in keeping them home.
Personally I think while some breeds are more 'home oriented' than others, there's no real way of knowing if your dog will stay on your property or not if you're not out there watching 100% of the time without having a fenced in yard. If your dog is an unneutered male, I can almost guarantee you he will go off your property. If you live near a main road IMHO it's not worth taking the risk of the dog following its nose and possibly getting hit by a car.
Please do not get a Sheltie. They love to chase cars.
Why not fence an area that the dog will stay in when you are not around to watch over it? Your dog would be much safer. I learned the hard way years ago. It is horrible to watch your dog die of warfarin poisoning. Blood, blood, blood, everywhere. Apparently someone in my area had been having trouble with Coyotes, and Cali thought the Coyote bait smelled pretty good. Poor Cali...
So, it is fences for me, no loose roaming anymore.
Also 1 dog is less likley to roam. 2 dogs will roam almost always. Since there is 2 they have eachother for company. I know when ever we found dogs in the country it was always 2. A younger dog with an older dog or 2 young pups. Also it seems when 2 dogs are together roaming they may do things bad that they might not do if it was just one. Like bark at cows or whatever. I know that happened to us. When ever both my dogs were out they would go chase cows but if one was inside and the other was out the one that was out would just lay by the house. So thats another thing to think about if you want 2 free range farm dogs. It could be more trouble.
Thanks guys. Yeah, I wasn't talking about leaving them outside all day. Not at all. I was just wondering for days when the family is outside working, playing, fishing if the dog would like to stay around. Also, my old German Shepherd would be able to be let out without a leash or person to go to the bathroom, and then brought back in a few minutes later. I was pretty sure that herding dogs and cattle dogs would be some of the best bets because, that what they do right? Cover lots of land and guard other animals? As far as the other animals we have, we have 1 cat (but between our neighbors there are lots and lots of cats around) we have ducks, and my dad would like a couple goats or sheep, or maybe pigs. Kids, there are two. Me (14) my brother (11). My whole family is very outdoorsy. My mom loves to go running on the canal path all seasons. My dad's outside a lot doing stuff around the house. In spring, summer and fall my entire family is almost always outside playing frisbee, baseball, vollyball, fishing, swimming or just relaxing. In the winter I would still love to go for walks with the dog, provided it's wouldn't be too cold for the dog. And my neighbor is a vet, so we always have someone close by in case of any emergencies. Also, we live in central New York. Does that help anyone?
We used to live on just over 6 acres with all of our collies and the rescues I brought in. All I did was teach them the perimeters of the property by walking them on a leash for a few days and telling them "no street" even thought there was no street there. I would just say that and pull them back at the same time. After that the only one that would cross the line was my big male to go get my neighbors horse by his lead and bring him to our house. They are really not roamers but seem to want to stick around the house to watch us.
Ah! colliemom, that makes me so happy. That's actually the breed I really want! I've always loved Collies. When it is time to get a puppy it'll be between a German Shepherd (my dad wants) or Aussie, Collie (I want). But, I'm so glad you said that, becuase it makes dog owning so much easier when they can be trusted off the leash.