It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.
As a dog breed, pugs are better known for being cuddly, snoring house dogs that are most comfortable lounging around. They're some of the cutest dogs around, but like a Chihuahua, Boston Terrier, or French Bulldog, these pooches are not exactly what you think about when you picture a herding dog.
That doesn't mean spit to 3-year-old Paisley and 1-year-old Tuff, though. There's no need for Australian Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, or Blue Heelers at the Silvies Valley Ranch resort, in Seneca, Oregon because their pair of pugs do all the cattle wrangling.
Pair of Pugs Mix It Up with Livestock
The pugs actually love the job so much that they become depressed when they're not invited out to do the chore. And no, these small dogs aren't crossbreeds with German Shepherds or even Golden Retrievers. They're 100 percent purebred pug.
At first, it didn't occur to the dog owners at the ranch to have the pugs herd cattle, but they felt bad that they were leaving their pugs inside all day while they were out working. So rancher Sara Jean Wedel brought her best friend Paisley along with her. She quickly noticed that Paisley was doing exactly what the Border Collies herding the cattle were doing.
Wedel started teaching Paisley basic cow dog commands and the next thing she knew she had a tiny cattle dog on her hands nipping at the heels of her herd!
This article was originally published to Rare.us on October 15, 2020.