My Dad raises beef cattle and lives on a 45 acre farm. He recently lost his Jack Russel of the last 14 years. They have started to look into getting another dog, but haven't decided on a breed. I think a Corgi would be perfect, but I know I am biased. They are concerned about the amount of hair and how a herding dog would do with the cows. Does your Corgi live on a farm? How do they do with livestock? Do they stay constantly dirty?

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I don't live on a farm although I know lots of people who do and use their corgis for herding dogs. Think it is all on how you train them and what job you give them. On the dirty front though, mine does manage to get filthy and I have noticed that once she dries off the dirt and mud and most of the yuck seem to just sort of fall off. I just keep her crated or out of the main part of the house until she dries off.
My brother is a little more involved in the livestock industry then me and works at a lot of rodeos and knows quite a few people who have corgis and do use them for herding and rounding up the livestock. They are a very popular breed because they can duck out of the way of kicking livestock better than the bigger aussies and border collies. Mine knows not to chase my horses but she does like to herd my friends goat where my horses are at.
I am with you I am biased and think corgi's are the best :D
I can't imagine a better breed for the cattle farm than the corgi. There are some excellent testimonies to the corgi's cattle abilities and overall suitability for the job. My corgis (3) do not live on a farm; however, we are taking herding lessons (sheep), agility, adventure class, obedience and corgi play dates. The short coat is relatively easy to clean and a fluffy coated corgi would require lots of coat care. If at all possible, go with good working stock - they will know more about running a farm than humans....Nan
Yeah, the dirt just comes right off of Brodey once it is dry and he never stinks. I only bathe him about once every couple months. I'm not on a farm though. I think my dad is more worried about the stuff on the farm that isn't just dirt, but any dog is going to get dirty if they are around that. Brodey is very tidy. He doesn't like to get dirty and avoids the rain and puddles. Are most Corgis that way or is my little man just prissy?
There has always been a dog on the farm. When we first moved out there we took our city mutt with us. She was a beautiful Irish Setter/German Shepherd who was prissy and hated to be dirty so she mostly stayed inside. The first dog raised on the farm was a Chocolate Lab who was taught by the mutt to mind her manners. She would lay on a towel at the top of the stairs until she was allowed into the rest of the house. The Jack Russell came along after the first dog died. The lab was very lonely. Unfortunately, the Jack Russell and the lab never became real buds and the Jack Russell never listened to anyone (human or otherwise). My parents realize that the terrier personality does not suite their lifestyle. Dad says he wants a miniature lab (if there were such a thing). He wants something that will sit in their lap, but still hold it's own around the farm. Our lab was very intelligent and loved people. I think that is the personality he is looking for, and I think that is inherent in most Corgis.

Hehehe. Dad just sent me a message and said I should mail him my Brodey so he can test his resistance to mud and manure. It's weird to look for a dog breed based on its resistance to mud and manure, right?
Hey Debbie says my Brodey has a correct Corgi coat. Hehehe. I knew he was perfect. Thanks.

I know he won't be looking for a working dog. A lazy dog that will ride in the mule (farm version of a golf cart) is what he wants. He is afraid that they will instinctively want to herd the cows and have them running around all of the time. The JRT used to bite the horses to get them to run so she could chase them after she had killed all the squirrels and there was nothing else to chase. They just want a dog that will be with them when they do chores and will keep their head about them when surrounded by big animals. They don't need the dog to do the chores. The cows have a schedule and are at the barn before it is time to feed. I know much of it will come from training, but some breeds are just born crazy. I've never known a calm JRT. Their dog never ran out of energy until the day the cancer took her.

Instincts are strong. The main worry about a Corgi is that they are cattle dogs. Since they will be there with cattle, will they instinctively want to herd them all the time? My dog tries to herd people and ducks.


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