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14 dog breeds perfect for acreages

Whether you're in the market for a dog to herd livestock, protect property, hunt, or just be a companion to your family, you'll find some good candidates here!
  • Great Pyrenees

    These mammoth dogs will keep all kinds of predators away from your property and livestock, including coyotes, packs of dogs, human intruders, and more. As tough as they can be with predators, though, they are sweet and tender with children, making them a great choice for families.

    Date Published: October 16, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Copyright AKC/Mary Bloom

    Labrador Retriever

    Whether you choose black, brown, or yellow, a Lab will be a great addition to your family. These popular dogs are great for hunting, and they're loyal friends and great watch dogs as well.

    Date Published: October 16, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Copyright AKC/Mary Bloom

    American Foxhound

    This scent hound won't herd your livestock or guard them from predators, but if you like to hunt, here's your dog. Even George Washington hunted with American Foxhounds.

    Date Published: October 16, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Copyright AKC/Mary Bloom

    Bearded Collie

    This long-haired breed is often mistaken for an Old English Sheepdog. Like their look-alikes, these dogs are bred for herding sheep. They are intelligent, hard-working, and make good watch dogs. 

    Date Published: October 16, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Copyright AKC/Mary Bloom

    Australian Shepherd

    Australian shepherds make fantastic acreage dogs! They'll herd livestock, guard against predators, and become part of the family.

    Date Published: October 16, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Copyright AKC/Mary Bloom

    Blue Heeler

    Also known as Australian Cattle Dogs, this intelligent breed is best known for herding cattle. They are intelligent dogs and hard workers, and are very loyal to their families, with a strong protective instinct.

    Date Published: October 16, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Copyright AKC/Mary Bloom

    Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

    It's not unusual to see a horse pulling a heavy cart, but it's strange to see a dog doing it. This strong breed can do the job, and it makes a great pet.

    Date Published: October 16, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Copyright AKC/Mary Bloom

    Giant Schnauzer

    Giant Schnauzers can help with livestock, deter predators, and do all kinds of helpful things around the farm. 

    Date Published: October 16, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Photo courtesy Don Abney

    Catahoula Cur

    The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog, or Catahoula Cur, was developed more than 150 years ago to combine the best traits of other dogs. This beautiful breed can hunt, herd cattle, guard your home, and entertain the kids.

    Date Published: October 16, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Copyright AKC/Mary Bloom

    Bernese Mountain Dog

    Bernese Mountain Dogs are loyal companions and hard workers, making them perfect for families living in the country.

    Date Published: October 16, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Spinone Italiano

    An excellent retriever by nature and an experienced hunter on any terrain, the Spinone is robust, sociable and docile. His wiry, dense coat and thick skin enable him to negotiate underbrush and endure cold water that would severely punish any dog not so naturally armored.

    Date Published: October 16, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Pointer

    A hard-driving hunting dog possessing stamina, courage, and the desire to go, the Pointer is bred primarily for sport afield and definitely looks the part. He gives the impression of power and grace, with a noble carriage, an intelligent expression and a muscular body.

    Date Published: October 16, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • Field Spaniel

    This adorable Field Spaniel puppy is named Cola. Known for its level-headedness and perseverance, the Field Spaniel is a medium-sized flushing spaniel, built for activity and endurance in heavy cover and water.

    Date Published: October 16, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013
  • American Mutt

    There are millions of dogs in shelters all around the country looking for good homes. Some are pure breeds, but others are good, old-fashioned mutts. This is Dave, online content editor Lisa Prater's dog. The Praters adopted Dave from a shelter and they say he's the best dog ever. He's smart, loyal, and shows aptitude for herding and hunting.

    Dave has his own Facebook page, where he serves as a canine correspondent for Living the Country Life. Visit and like his page! Click below to see Dave in action with his family.

    Date Published: October 16, 2013
    Date Updated: December 2, 2013

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