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12 Popular Livestock Guardian Dog Breeds To Choose For Your Farm

A guardian dog is a must-have addition to a working livestock farm. From the smallest backyard chicken farm to the largest cattle farm, all can benefit from the presence of at least one livestock guard dog. Livestock guardian dogs will protect goats, sheep, cattle, rabbits, emus, turkeys, chickens or any other livestock you’re raising, plus these dog breeds can provide better protection than you can. Guardian dogs are with the livestock 24 hours a day, they are self-thinkers that can assess a potentially threatening situation and attack a predator without being told to do so. Protection dogs are bred to be aggressive towards all predators, but gentle with livestock. Read over these characteristics of the 12 most popular livestock guardian dog breeds to help you select the breed that will be a good choice to protect your animals.

Famous Livestock Guardian Dog Breeds To Protect Your Flock

  1. Anatolian Shepherds

This guard dog breed is well-known for its keen eye sight and sense of smell. This large breed dog is also very agile and quick, well able to chase down and disable any wild predator that threaten the livestock. Anatolian Shepherds are very smart and easy to train. They are also very stubborn and may not always obey their owner’s command.

Anatolian Shepherds guardian dog

  1. Akbash

One of the best guard dog breeds to have on a farm that has frequent visitors. Their demeanor is calm, low energy and they don’t become aggressive unless challenged. Akbask guard dogs are extremely sensitive to their surroundings and can detect even the smallest change or sound in their environment that might indicate a predator is nearby. This large breed guardian dog is very gentle with newborn animals.

Akbash dog breed

  1. Great Pyrenees

For centuries, the Great Pyrenees has been one of the most popular livestock guardian dog breeds. Trustworthy and aggressive towards predators, this is the best guard dog breed for nighttime protection. The Great Pyrenees is a nocturnal dog that will interact with livestock throughout the night. The thick double coat protects this dog breed from harsh elements and predator attacks.

Great Pyrenees guard dog

  1. Kangal

One of the most recent dog breeds to be included on the livestock guardian dog list. Kangals provide herd protection and have superior herding ability, but they are happy just to guard livestock too. Kangals are gentle, loyal, good with children and family pets.

Kangal dog breed

  1. Komonder

Over-protecting fighting dogs that bark a lot. This livestock guardian dog breed with cord-like hair is excellent for homesteads with a high volume of predators, but not for homesteads with children and frequent visitors. The thick, cord-like hair provides protection for the dog during fights with wolves and other large predators. The corded coat will need regular maintenance, or can be cut short for easy-care.

Komonder guard dog

  1. Kuvasz

The Kuvasz is known as the class clown of livestock guardian dog breeds. Very intelligent and very funny. This dog breed has a sense of humor that will keep you laughing while it works to protect your livestock. Good with children, healthy and typically live to be 12 years old.

Kuvasz dog breed

  1. Pyrenean Mastiff

A very loyal pack breed of protection dogs. Good with children, pets and livestock and will literally lay down its life to protect a member of its pack. However, anyone or anything outside of the Pyrenean Mastiff’s pack is considered a threat. Early and continuous socializing is needed for this breed.

Pyrenean Mastiff dog breed

  1. Polish Tatra Sheepdog

Herding and guarding sheep is this dog breeds specialty. They also make excellent personal protection dogs and will not attack unless commanded. Polish Tatra Sheepdogs are large, intelligent, active and do not drool, a big plus when employing them as a personal protection dog.

Polish Tatra Sheepdog

  1. Maremma Sheepdog

This breed is best suited for protecting free-range animals. Friendly and interactive with livestock, yet keenly aware of surrounding and will attack predators that come in from the air or land.

Maremma Sheepdog

  1. Tibetan Mastiff

The most hardy livestock guardian dog breed that can withstand harsh climates. Good dog choice for regions that have extreme heat or extreme cold. Tibetan Mastiffs are nocturnal and will interact with livestock throughout the nighttime.

Tibetan Mastiff dog breed

  1. Estrela Mountain Dog

Very intelligent and protective. The older Estrela Mountain Dog typically train the young pups how to be a guard dog for livestock. This breed takes over full protection of newborn animals at birth, helping to lick them clean and not allowing anyone or anything around them.

Estrela Mountain Dog

  1. Welsh Corgi

The Welsh Corgi is a low maintenance protection dog that also enjoys being around people. This small dog breed is excellent for providing protection for geese, ducks, turkeys and chickens. Welsh Corgis are also good for herding larger animals. The main drawback with this protection breed is their size – they are unable to fight off large predators that threaten the livestock.

Welsh Corgi dog breed

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  1. I. Bought a NEW ZEALAND . Brynner. THIS dog is the best goat dog have ever had. She knew what to do with out any training. Very smart and calm. They should be on your list.

  2. craig strudwicke

    We have 2 Central Asian Shephards also known as Central Asian Ovcharkas and these are well known to be fantastic guardians.
    Ours look a lot like the Akbash and by the description are very similar in temperament and capability as well.

  3. Observe most of the dogs are with sheep. Sheep are not very smart and very slow to realize danger or a threat, if they are out in a snow storm without a smart animal to give them warning, herd them closely together in a small area that is sheltered to lie down in a heap for warmth they will walk around the pasture until they die from cold and exhaustion, and starve having used their reserves up. They are grass feeders. Goats have brains, they are browsers and taller. Those horns are their protection, and they aren’t afraid to use them. They will make a racket if something is wrong, bringing the dogs and you to help defend the herd. For chickens,ducks, and turkeys, geese kept with the flocks are both a defense and alarm system. If you hear the geese sounding off grab the gun, the dogs and go. Geese are fierce fighters, and a good pinch from one, can break a finger or hand bone. Smart and defensive they will hang on until you arrive unless brought down by a wolf pack or dogs(feral) dogs. Don’t forget to look up, geese watch for sky predators one of the few animals that look up for danger, hawks, owls, eagles, desperately hungry ospreys. The females lay enormous eggs, 2 will make a full family scrambled eggs. Billed birds need food they can shovel into their beaks. Ducks especially.Turkeys can fight like roosters, but domestics are large and slow. If you could trap a wild flock they can take care of themselves. But you should consider a roofed enclosure to prevent attacks and escapes. Large. Free range like an aero drome Install , perches out of thin branches enough for Chickens and turkeys to escape too for safety a shelf with a ramp for ducks. The geese will fight as a unit. Their wings are a dangerous weapon. They exercise them frequently for strength. An unwary person can receive a badly bruised or broken extremity. A goose can lift from the ground when necessary. These are on the spot techniques to help guard the stock. Pigs are extremely protective, known as tough customers. Don’t know which can be meaner, the boars or the sows, both can kill. No matter how gentle they are keep your guard up.

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