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A livestock guardian

 

LGDs will protect goats, horses, sheep, chickens, alpaca, humans, etc... if properly socialized at a very early age in their development.  Also not all live stock guardian dogs develop into effective live stock guardians

 Excellent Ponts. Early developmental training is crucial to the success of the LGD bonding with and thus protecting their charge. Getting a pup from working lines and  proper exposure to the working lifestyle will go a long way in helping your dog learn their job.  Most LGDs are defensive drive but the prey drive can be strong also and that will lead to problems if not managed.

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    • In the future I may be looking for a LGD maybe a year or two down the road. I live in a hot climate Florida and own a pit bull. I've been looking at a lot of LGD's and most have a heavy coat. I don't know how they will do in a hot climate. I like the CAO some of their coats look short some look filled with fur. Is there a difference in their type or lines? How will they thrive in a hot climate?  If I have an area for them like a barn where they can go in with shade will that work.    

      Will LGD's protect horses and goats?   

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      • I own two COA's and reside in a bucolic suburb one hour north of NYC.   There exists a wide variation in the coat type and length found on CAO dogs.  My male Ch Warlord's lines are from Kazakhstan and Ubekistan.  He has a very dense thick medium length coat with thick under coat.  I imported a female CAO from a warmer climate and she has a shorter coat.  The male is black with white, the female all white.  White coated dogs often fair better in the heat than dark colored dogs.  LGDs will blow their coat twice annually (typically blow coat spring and fall seasons) and will not develop thick beautiful winter coat when residing in warm climate year round.  COA's like most of the giant breed dogs, fair better in cooler climates.  They tend to suffer in very hot weather and their activity level will noticeably decrease.   My large male (approximately 200 pounds) tolerates the heat less than does the smaller white female.  There are a number of mastin breeds with shorter coats and lacking the thick downy undercoat that may be better suited for Florida. While they are not LGD breeds, they can be property protectors none-the-less.  Because of the genetic variability present in the COA, matings of two "similar" type dogs may result in a wide variety in the offspring type and color until the consistency of a line has been established through generations of breeding (line breeding).  

        LGDs will protect goats, horses, sheep, chickens, alpaca, humans, etc... if properly socialized at a very early age in their development.  Also not all live stock guardian dogs develop into effective live stock guardians.  Some dogs may possess a rather high prey driver and consider livestock on the dinner menu, particularly if not placed to live with the livestock 24/7 at an early age (8-12 weeks of age).  Some LGD tend to wander too much leaving the flock unprotected.  However, I have found the CAO dogs that I own wander much less than the Great Pyrenees that I previously owned.  Your best bet is to select a dog from true working lines.  Visit the kennel, observe the sire and dam, checking temperament, structure, and locomotor system.  There are a number of temperament tests that can be performed to assess a dogs suitability as a LGD.  

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          LGDs will protect goats, horses, sheep, chickens, alpaca, humans, etc... if properly socialized at a very early age in their development.  Also not all live stock guardian dogs develop into effective live stock guardians

           Excellent Ponts. Early developmental training is crucial to the success of the LGD bonding with and thus protecting their charge. Getting a pup from working lines and  proper exposure to the working lifestyle will go a long way in helping your dog learn their job.  Most LGDs are defensive drive but the prey drive can be strong also and that will lead to problems if not managed.

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          • As an addendum to a previous post, Livestock guardian breeds accustomed to a wide range of temperatures and extreme heat would include native breeds of the current day Turkish regions including the Kangal and Akbash dogs, as well as perhaps the Sage Koochee from Afghanistan.   I do not include the anatolian shepherd, as that is a mongrelized Kangal in the opinion of many of my Turkish friends and colleagues.  I do believe there are DNA studies that confirmed that, however, I do not have the studies in front of me at this time.  I will see if I can dig them up from my archives.  

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              I do not include the anatolian shepherd, as that is a mongrelized Kangal in the opinion of many of my Turkish friends and colleagues.

               That has been argued many time on this site and I am in agreement with you about the Anatolian being a mongrel of the Kangal.  If you happen to find your research papers please share with us.

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              • I also agree that the Anatolian breed is made up of multiple breeds or strains of Turkish dogs-however, having said that, there are many Anatolians that are very effective livestock guarding dogs and they can handle Florida's climate.  I would not discount an Anatolian as an effective livestock guarding dog, providing it comes from a breeding program where they are selected for working ability as well as "looks".

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                • I agree with you. The controversy about their makeup and origin does not take away from their effectiveness as guardians.  It is my understanding that until recently it was very difficult to get a "real" Kangal dog from Turkey so westerners were sold the common working dog from "Anatolia" which we have come to know at the Anatolian Shepherd Dog. They have proven very effective as guardians and is now officially recognized in the American Kennel Club (AKC).

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                  LGDs will protect goats, horses, sheep, chickens, alpaca, humans, etc... if properly socialized at a very early age in their development.  Also not all live stock guardian dogs develop into effective live stock guardians

                   Excellent Ponts. Early developmental training is crucial to the success of the LGD bonding with and thus protecting their charge. Getting a pup from working lines and  proper exposure to the working lifestyle will go a long way in helping your dog learn their job.  Most LGDs are defensive drive but the prey drive can be strong also and that will lead to problems if not managed.

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