In the case of babies, it can reserve the Instagram handle for later; it can sequester fawning pictures so as not to litter the feeds of followers with dozens of near-identical shots; but most importantly for us, it allows us to get really specific with what kind of cute animals we’d like to follow. We set out to find ten of the best Instagram accounts for working farm dogs – how hard they work did not factor into our decision – because a happy romping dog is the best kind of dog. Here are some of our favorites.
Django is a border collie mix who suffers from Addison’s disease, an adrenal disorder, but seems perfectly happy to run around his farm with other dogs, cats, sheep, and chickens. He’s also popular enough to shill products, impressive for a dog.
Jersey is an Australian Shepherd, but you won’t find him at a kangaroo ranch. Instead, he lives and works in southern Missouri. (Australian Shepherds, despite their name, were first bred in the U.S.)
Border Collie Nelson is only two years old – we strongly recommend scrolling back in his feed to find puppy pictures – but he already shows a strong appreciation for good hard farm work.
Jersey, Kiwi, and Nori
These three dogs seem to have boundless energy on their farm – almost as much as their owner, who likes to add little dialogue bubble memes to the photos.
Roux is, incredibly enough, a Carhartt-sponsored farm dog, a big change from an earlier life that found the pup abandoned in a box.
Sawyer, a farm dog in tropical Florida, has a different set of crops to monitor. You’re just as likely to find Sawyer near a bushel of passionfruit or a mound of mangoes as, say, in a corn field.
Callie and Mick
Australia, with millions of cattle and sheep, has a long history of working farm dogs for herding. They’re also foster dogs from a great organization in New South Wales, Australia, called Herd 2 Homes, which places unwanted working dogs in beneficial environments.
Walter’s owner seems to like to highlight the mischief and bad behavior the Parsons terrier gets up to on a farm in Oxfordshire, England. To be fair, Walter really seems to like chasing anything that moves.
We don’t see too many chihuahua farm dogs; they were bred for companionship rather than as working dogs. But nobody told that to Lola, who lives at Sunflower Farm in Maine.
Alfie is a Jack Russell terrier who lives on a farm in Nottinghamshire, England. Jack Russells aren’t the most common farm dogs, instead bred for hunting, but Alfie seems to love nothing more than to run around his beautiful farm.