With the rise of small-scale food production in the 21st century, including the permaculture, local foods, and prepper movements, we once again need to integrate these working dogs into our food systems and our lives. Unfortunately, particularly in the United States, these dogs are difficult if not impossible to find. Many of these working dogs, like so much of our food systems, have been industrialized or domesticated beyond recognition.
Bryant RedHawk wrote: The AKC and most other Kennel clubs have standards for all breeds and types, especially the working classes of dogs.
Chris Kott wrote:I dearly wish that we could bring canines back into our daily work. Their benefits are manifold, so much so that even desk-workers would benefit in measurable ways from canine companionship; much more rewarding than antidepressants and other pharma-shit, I'd wager. If we could find ways to benefit from trained canine skill and ethical, breed-appropriate labour, the dogs would derive satisfaction from it themselves, as anyone who has worked with them would know, much more than even two generous walks a day could afford for an apartment dog.
And yes, the short story A Boy and His Dog by Harlan Ellison has a special place in my heart.
Redhawk - The AKC and most other Kennel clubs have standards for all breeds and types, especially the working classes of dogs.
Herders are fairly easy to find through local chapters of these Kennel Clubs