If you own rural property, changes are, you have plenty of open space, wildlife, and perhaps even some open water to explore. These are all things that certain breeds of dogs love to interact with. If you're having a bit of trouble on deciding what sort of breed of dog to purchase or adopt for your rural property, then this guide is for you.

Golden Retrievers

Golden Retrievers can truly excel on a large plot of land, in several ways. First and foremost, Golden Retrievers make excellent hunting dogs. This can make hunting on a plot of land not only more fun, but a collaborative effort that requires honing your dog's natural skills. Furthermore, despite the fact that Golden Retrievers are great trackers and hunters, they also have a soft temperament and attitude. This means that if you're living in the country with your family, your children will have plenty of open space to play with your pooch and give him or her plenty of exercise.

Rat Terriers

Rat Terriers are aesthetically similar to Jack Russells, although they tend to be a bit leaner, grow a bit larger, and have a barrel chest. The Rat Terrier lives up to its namesake. If you own a country property, especially a farm, you're bound to come across numerous rodent pests. This breed is genetically predisposed to eradicate and trap rodents. This is also perfect if you plan on gardening vegetables, as mice, squirrels, and rats tend to make short work of any vegetables that you may have planted.

Border Collie

If you're looking for a dog that will truly work with you – and enjoy working with you – on tending to tasks on your property, look no further than the Border Collie. If you have any interest in herding animals on your property, including cattle or sheep, then a Border Collie can easily commit him- or herself to the task and do it efficiently. While other herding dogs, such as the Catahoula Leopard Dog, tend to display violent tendencies to the more docile herded beasts, the Border Collie makes sure that its job gets done without being too rough around the edges.

Choosing the right breed of dog for your rural property need not be a difficult task. Hopefully, this brief guide has given you some insight into some breeds that might be right for your home, family, and property. Contact a breeder like Red Fern Companions Dog Breeders for more information.