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So I currently have two dogs, one being a 16 year old mixed breed rescue, and the other a 7 year old German Shepherd. I have started thinking about what I am looking for in my next dog..I know that I have a lot of time left with my current shepherd and who knows how long with the older girl (she's literally like the Energizer bunny and has no health issues other than going deaf), BUT I like to do a lot of research and planning ahead and what not, and it keeps me busy in my down time.
I am a busy, active person who works with horses, training and general farm work. My days are long and in a lot of different weather conditions, busy environment with dogs, horses, people coming and going, you get the idea. When I am not working, I enjoy hiking, and when I don't have the energy for that, just chilling at home. I am NOT generally of fan of small dogs and they do not tend to work well in the environment I am in so I have ruled them out. I'm also sort of interested in something a little "different"...not your run of the mill Lab (no one take offense to that :))
The older girl I have now was a rescue at 5 years old, unsocialized, and think a terrier brain. She loves her people, but she can be difficult sometimes. She's a great dog but is not what I would ideally have if getting a new dog in my current situation. My current shepherd is a wonderful dog. He is incredibly loyal, obedient on and off leash 98% of the time, and good with people and other dogs, if not a bit aloof at first meeting. Definitely has a big mouth although he will generally listen when told to stop. He has the drive to want to be outside all day and want to work around me, but is also disinterested in the horses, which I enjoy. I don't want a dog who is so focused on the other animals that it cannot focus on what I'm doing or asking them to do. I definitely have the ability to train my dogs. All of mine have been very obedient, so I'm not too worried about this department
I've looked at many different breeds, and made a small-ish list of the ones that immediately catch my eye as dogs I've liked before and/or owned before. I'm interested to see what people think of these breeds given my lifestyle, and if you had any other suggestions that maybe aren't on here,

Dogs I've owned before - Heinz 57 rescue, German Shepherd, Brittany, English Springer Spaniel, American Pit Bull Terrier, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler

Others - Belgian Malinois, Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Shepherd, Doberman, German Shorthaired Pointer...also interested in but does anyone know more about??? ----> Beauceron, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Norwegian Elkhound, Flat-Coated Retriever and the Entlebucher Mountain Dog

Like I said, I'm really open to ideas and discussion here, so let the thoughts roll!!
 

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My two cents as a current Rottweiler and Boerboel owner :) The malinois is very very intense and will want focused work to do so if you can give that then great if not I advise passing on that breed.

As a rottweiler owner they will work but maybe not whole day whereas the boerboel will do so gladly but with the boerboel proper breeding and socialising is KEY along with early firm training . Then you will have a dog that will run quietly behind you horse whole day , herd a bit and lay at your feet after a long day ready to do it again the next day with the added benefit that if push comes to shove they will naturally guard and protect
 

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Any of the herding breeds are by nature going to have some level of interest in your horses and stock if you have any. That level could range from mild interest to MUST CONTROL MOVEMENT. So that's something to be aware of.

You have a very wide range of dogs with very different energy levels, ease of training, and coats! Any way you could narrow it down even further? :p
 
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