It seems harsh to treat dogs differently to the domestic pets when it comes to worknig dogs. Farmers often have both, but keep the sheepdogs outside and the pets inside. I would like to know why this is when often there is plenty of room in the farmhouse for all the dogs.
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Here in the U.K. the sheepdogs don't stay with the livestock though, they are taken back to the farm and put in a kennel, a barn or similar. They are only with the sheep when the farmer takes them with him to round up the sheep to move them.
I don't think that is the case here Larry. In the UK the sheep are in green fields, not usually very muddy, and often the pet dogs go along with the farmer as well but they get to sleep in the house and the sheep dogs have to sleep outside :(
We don't have wolves in the UK Tamara, and the farmers tend to keep their sheepdogs in outside kennels or barns when they aren't out using them to round up the sheep. Sheepdogs as in Border Collies are trained to round up sheep not protect them.