There are many other animals on the farm that we don't breed but serve their purpose - even if that's just companionship.
63% Australian Shepherd x 20.7% Siberian Husky x 16.3% Rat Terrier
In October of 2018, my daughter and I went to go get pumpkins … and came back with pumpkins and an Aussie mix puppy. I'd been considering adding another dog to the family for awhile and the pieces just fit into place that day. She was farm bred Aussie and out of curiosity, I ordered an Embark DNA test for her - finding out that she was Aussie, Husky, and Rat Terrier.
She's a very affectionate and sensitive dog - although we have had to work on tempering her prey drive. Not to mention the boundless energy that we've had an interesting time working on refocusing. She's very anxious around anything new - especially leery around strangers - but once she warms up she's friendly and confident.
I was living in California when I got Max from a local shelter, a year later I brought him (and myself) back home to Minnesota. He'd always been a mystery breed so when I did Ghost's DNA test, I did his as well right … proving once and for all that he's a Heinz 57 Mutt.
Around here, we affectionately call Max our "grumpy old man" as he seems to enjoy grumbling his way through life. He probably would have been better suited to being an apartment dog (he doesn't enjoy the outdoors often, usually preferring to nap or find cuddles in the house) but he's stuck with us now.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi