I'm going to be purchasing a new dog this spring, a farm dog. But I'm having some trouble finding real owner info on breeds, etc. We've usually just adopted strays or grabbed local mutt puppies. Our last stray, a german shepherd mix of some sort, lived and worked with us for 17 years. She was not good with children, however, and that's one trait I will demand in the new dog.
I like german shepherds. They've been reliable and good companions over the years, but I'm open to suggestions.
The dog will only rarely be tied up. I train our dogs to roam free, kinda like they're shepherding the people on the farm. This will be an outdoor dog, and will probably only sleep inside in the winter.
So if anyone has links or experiences to share, by all means pass them along. I have a friend with an Akita-Shepherd mix that is a very nice dog. A little bigger than a standard shepherd but with a little more character and less reserved than a standard.
I've read that corgis can make good farm dogs. I'm not familiar with these little dudes.