This article was translated by John R. Bopp

Informed Farmers is a website written by local agricultural specialists in New Zealand, with the aim to help professionals in the sector gather reference information to help them get the most from their farms and ranches.

They’ve just published a beautiful report on the Basque shepherd breed, in which they talk about how it’s one of the oldest breeds known:

Neolithic cave prehistoric skeletal remains were found showing that 12000 years ago Basque shepherds and used it for grazing. 

It’s a great article about these beautiful, useful, and intelligent canines who have been alongside us since time immemorial.  The website is a true encyclopedia, full of useful information for farmers and ranchers around the world, definitely worth bookmarking.

Informed Farmers – 28/12/2011 – New Zealand

Basque Shepherd Dog

The Basque Shepherd Dog (Basque: Euskal artzain txakurra) is a breed of dog originating in the Basque Country and traditionally used by the local shepherds to help them take care of their cattle and sheep. The Pastor Vasco or Perro de Pastor Vasco is the Spanish name, and Euskal Artzain Txakurra, is the Basque, by which they are known in their homeland. It is believed that they originated from Central European shepherd dogs.

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