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Standard of the Breed:

General Description: (Farm Dog) (American Farm Shepherd) (Farm Shepherd)  The American Farm Shepherd is a medium-sized, compactly built all around Farm Dog, with a long haired, double coat. The hair is short on the head and on the front of the legs, and long and thick over the rest of the body, with a mane at the neck, a flag tail, and feathering on the legs. The hair lies flat along the rest of the body which is longer than it is tall. The farm shepherd has almond-shaped, dark brown eyes, framed by long ears that lie flat against the skull.

  As the puppies reach the age of about 6 months, their coat colors change. The breed has a long, rich double coat that allows them to withstand fluctuations in weather conditions. Most Bohemian Shepherds have furry, fluffy coats. Some have medium-length coats.


Character: The Farm Shepherd is not aggressive. It does not have much prey drive if any at all. This enables the dog to get along with all farm animals as he will not even eat the baby chicks. This dog will also not chase or run after any stock which seperates this Farm Shepherd from the herding group of dog breeds. This dog is not a herder but more of a 'driver'. As with all flock guards this dog makes a friendly family member.

Size: 21-24 inches

Weight: 55-93 pounds

General Health: The Farm Shepherd has no known chronic diseases. With proper care, the Farm Shepherd lives up to 18 years.

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Maintenance: The Farm dog maintains itself. 

Ideal Environment: Because of the mild temperament this dog is well suited as a service or companion dog yet because it is well-protected by its thick coat, it can stay outside all-year, as long as it has some type of shelter
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The Old Tyme Farm Shepherd is so rare that finding compatible breeding stock that would insure good health and a laid back even temperament is hard to find.  The Alsatian Shepalute was selected to interbreed into these lines so that the Farm Shepherds could continue to thrive throughout America.

MY COMMENTS: My memory of the Farm Shepherd is of a medium sized shepherd looking dog with drop ears.

     Some of the coloring of these dogs were: brindle, black/tan, black, white, brown, golden and mixed in colors with the white blaze down the face and white on the legs, feet and chest. The tails were usually tipped in black and had that inverted ‘ v ‘ in the upper middle of it. These were the dominate traits that the shepherd dogs gave to all their progeny.

     This Farm Shepherd would weigh about 50 lbs and stand about 22 – 24 inches tall from the shoulders to the ground (though I do remember seeing some even smaller dogs).

     Too large of a dog would become a burden on the American Farmer who was kind of poor and who lived off his farm production or the woods surrounding his homestead. These farm dogs might have to fend for themselves when it came to eating, but they never ate any of the farmer’s livestock or they would be severely punished, sold or given away.

     Most Farm Shepherds that I recall were black saddled and resembled a German Shepherd in their coloring but the coat was longer and thicker than that of the German Shepherd Dog. The tail had a small curl in it as an exaggerated saber or sword , it was never so long that it would touch the ground.

     Though I was not around when the Farm Shepherd was widely used across America, I do recall some of these dogs and they were tagged as mutts. One of my neighbors had one that they had gotten from the pound. They called the dog ‘snoopy’ and it was of medium size with a medium length in coat.

   The farm shepherd is not to resemble a Farm Collie or a Collie of any kind.

Some say that the English Shepherd is the American Farm Shepherd. A variety of names were placed on the farm shepherds that were not a breed of dog at all. 

 

Remember that in order to be a breed the parents must breed true in more than just color.

 

   Once dogs are registered and breeders only breed within the registry of dogs, that is when the breed can really begin because most of the time un-registered dogs are bred to anything and 'claimed' to be such-and -such a breed.

 

   The English dog Registry has been forming a type of dog that they call the English Shepherd.  Folks got together and wrote down standards of the breed and breeders are suppose to breed with those standards in mind. That is what keeps the 'breed' together. But, this is an ENGLISH Shepherd.  If this is really an American breed, then we all know that the name is miss leading and should be changed as the English Cocker when it came to America and was changed to meet the American families needs.


 


 

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