Purpose-bred for working traits. You will be carefully matched with a dog that should grow into the kind of working dog you need.
Vetted, de-wormed, vaccinated puppies. We select against health issues using DNA testing. We replace any puppy that has quality of life issues or that cannot work due to genetic health issues.
Our breeding animals have been selected with pedigrees full of dogs that can do all of the above, and more. It is the essence of the old-time shepherd/collie/cur dog.
We know from experience that it's sometimes hard to gather funds for the things we need. Our primary concern is getting good dogs to the people who need them. We are approachable on helping families get the right dog.
We consider it an honor to offer behavior and training advice throughout the life of any dog from Panther Ranch. We will gladly do phone calls, emails or even visits whenever possible if you ever need advice.
Please visit our Training Library for a collection of articles you may find useful.
These dogs quickly learn order and routine, and then will jump right in and enforce it. Cows in your garden? Not for long. Coon hunting your chickens? Not likely. Strangers robbing your garage? Forget about it. Goats pushing you for feed? Not gonna happen anymore.
You truly have to experience it to believe it. It's worth preserving.
Preserving the Historical Working Farm Dog
Remember the good farm dogs of yesteryear? The one you had as a kid, or that appears in all your grandfather's old photos? Here at Panther Ranch in the beautiful Ozarks we are committed to the preservation and conservation of general use farm dogs.
Everyone remembers these old-fashioned farm collies, and most people think they have disappeared. Would you be surprised that the good old fashioned farm dog is still around in pockets and corners of the US? What about the cur dogs that hunted, worked stock, patrolled, and played with the kids?
You won't find these dogs in a show ring and they aren't often in competitive herding trials. These dogs, a big part of the farming tradition in the United States, have quietly been bred and used on farms and ranches for generations.
In our breeding program, we produce one or two litters a year from carefully selected parents that are evaluated ruthlessly for the ideal farm dog behavior. We have chosen registered English Shepherds as our primary focus, but we are developing a line of farm collie types that are mixed with working Australian Shepherds.
We sometimes breed a litter of curs, using outstanding hound/cur stock crossed with the Farm Collie types to produce a smooth or rough-coated dog with a strong desire to hunt that will also function as a good herding and guardian dog.
Sir Thomas Bewick's pencil drawing of a collie-type dog. Circa 1750.