They are animals. Animals that are not domesticated, live outside 24/7. I think it is healthy for dogs to spend a LOT of time outside. I think it is easier on dogs in areas where temperatures get COLD, or HOT, for them to be outside all the time, with proper shade/shelter. Because I think it is harder on a dog to go from 70 to 20 degrees than it is for a dog to grow the proper coat and spend most of their time in the temperatures that they will be in. I think it is harder for a dog to go from 70 to 95 to, rather than being in the 95 and using shade and water to keep them comfortable.
I'd rather see a dog outside with free access to somewhere to potty, and water, and somewhere to get out of the rain, somewhere to go if it is cold and snowing, then to know those folks have a dog, but it must be inside for extended periods, probably crated.
What I do not like is how alone that dog looks. He obviously wants to go inside because that is where his people are. Dogs are not solitary creatures. Two dogs together is kind of ideal.
I do not like the idea of a dog with free run of a farm. A dog is domestic. But it still has instincts and drive, intelligence, etc. A dog that has acreage to roam over can be just as bored as a dog in a fenced yard. But the dog with acreage has so many more opportunities to get into mischief. Or to get out and run over by a car, shot or trapped by hunters, killed at neighboring farms.
It is a very human thing to think that a dog should be free to roam, have more space, and all that. Because we put human attributes on dogs. A dog knows what he has experienced. A dog that has lived inside with the run of the house, may find it hard to be thrust out into a yard, especially if he is an only. A dog raised in the yard knows nothing other than staying outside when the family goes inside. He does not feel slighted. That is his life, and he is fine with it. But a dog given no boundaries IS like children without boundaries -- unhappy. Dogs with full reign over a farm is very likely to dig out, attack chickens, dig holes, run amok, chase neighbors or worry neighboring farm animals. A dog that has clear boundaries and a good routine, can be just find whether they ever go inside our not.
Heidi Ho, Odie
Joy-Joy, Bear Cub, Hepsi-Pepsi
Cujo2, Karma Chameleon
Ramona the Pest, Kojak -- who loves you baby?
Tiny Tinnie, Susie's Uzzi, Kaiah -- The Baby Monster.