Homesteading, Organic Gardening, How to Farm, Preparedness, Self-Reliance
I'm having a hard time searching out what the best breed would be for our new homestead in North FL.
I realize no breed is perfect & also that a certain 'specimen' of a breed isn't an example of the entire breed...But I was hoping to get a consensus on which breed I'm more likely to have luck with!
Ideally, I'd love a dog to have these characteristics: be great with children, NOT have a tendency to run away if the entire place isn't fenced, protective of livestock & family members without being aggressive, smart, easy going, low maintenance, easy to train, can be a snuggly indoor pet as well as a rugged outdoors pet, and deals well with heat & humidity.
The farm dreams podcast with Tim and Liz has an episode that talks about good farm dogs. They do point out that you really can't have the best of both worlds, if it is going to be a protector of livestock it can't really be treated as a house dog. I know this doesn't really answer your question just thought I would point out the podcast as maybe a good place to start! :) Good luck with the pup!