Show us your guard animal

Discussion in 'Guard Animals' started by aleefarms, Dec 2, 2014.

  1. aleefarms

    aleefarms Well-Known Member

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    I know there are various dog breeds and a few other guardians represented on this forum. Pease post a picture of yours and tell us a little about them and if you are satisfied with your choice. I think it will be helpful for people who are thinking about a new lgd.
     
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  2. aleefarms

    aleefarms Well-Known Member

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    This is my guardians from left to right; Dodge a neutered male, Bullet an intact male, and finally the little girl is Dallas which is only nine months old. They are Akbash and I am very pleased with the job they do. The sheep are St Croix and they are absolutely trouble free. I have had them 2 years and have not needed to worm or trim hooves!
     

  3. Muleman

    Muleman Well-Known Member Supporter

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    This is an older picture, but we have an Anatolian x Pyrenees female and recently got a Reg. Anatolian male. Been happy with the female, which is one reason we got the male. At night she camps out on top of the big pile in the picture. I like the fact she a bit taller and athletic, which allows her to move from one pasture or pen to another without issue. She will go up an over a 4' gate with no problem.
     

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  4. secuono

    secuono Well-Known Member

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    Great Pyrenees x Maremma
    She's borderline LGD failure, since she rather be as close to the house or me as much as possible, but she still runs off to do her job. =/
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  5. arnie

    arnie Well-Known Member Supporter

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    heres my mt curs . mabe not the guard dogs that sleep out with the goats in a distant pasture,but they are the livestock gaurdians for my homestead they watch over everything from the bees chickens and rabbits to the goats ,cow ,and I . before getting ginger my first cur here chickens and sweet corn were a waste of time as were goats pigsand calves had to be watched closely till they were big enough not to be eaten by cyoutes now I haven't lost a chicken in years and grow great sweet corn
     

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  6. SJSFarm

    SJSFarm Well-Known Member

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    I have a 4 month old anatolian, Cedric absolutely loves his does! I only have this pic of him- he does love a good belly scritch!
     

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  7. citxmech

    citxmech Well-Known Member

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    Here's our Kangal x Boerboel cross, Daisy trolling a fence line. She's more of a general farmdog - but she's absolute murder on rodents and smaller predators. Still waiting to see what she'll do if she catches wind of a coyote, bear, or mountain lion.
     

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  8. dozedotz

    dozedotz Well-Known Member

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    I really stopped by here to see if anyone has a recommendation on a guardian dog for a couple of small ponies we are thinking of buying for our grandchildren...still interested if anyone does. However, I love to show off our other guard dogs!! LOL! Here is our male Beau who stays with the bucks and our female Bonnie who lives with the does (they are neutered...so no pups). The two little dogs are Bud and Spring and they are absolutely necessary for the kids...not so much guarding as providing Nanny duties...
     

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  9. motdaugrnds

    motdaugrnds II Corinthians 5:7

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    The labradore, Cujo, has a great deal of energy and maintains his calm disposition (even when he exerts dominance). He is also great at letting me know when anything unusual is near the homestead; and I saw him charge ready to fight the one time a stray dog ventured inside the fencing. He will also back up the other dog when something is occurring the other dog does not like.

    The Karakachan, Valentina, is not hyper at all; yet appears to be ever alert. She has a dominant personality and I've had to maintain a strong connection as her boss. Still she is the one who sees the goats & fowl as her charges. She does not bark much and will not follow Cujo toward whatever he is disliking unless she thinks it is necessary. Still I've seen her charge predators who get too close to my parameter fence; and she patrols this parameter often. She will bark once or twice at any disturbance, then go and check it out. She will also make a combination of noises warning off what she thinks are would-be predators, i.e. a bark/howl/growl that lets me know I need to go take a look in whatever direction she is facing. (Valentina is the one who seems to look right thru me; and the way she acts at times lets me know she is quite aware of what I'm thinking...or maybe she is just extremely good at reading energy and body language.)
     

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  10. Eagle1

    Eagle1 Well-Known Member

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    Here is my coyote and stray removal team.

    Chloe - GP age 4
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    Modi - GP/Karakachan age 2

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    Puppies from the above 2 - at 6 months
    Honey - all white
    Skadi - Black and White

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    And the old girl Leah - age 11 Lab/Border

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    Both of the adult LGD came straight from working pastures at 10 - 12 weeks old and cost next to nothing. Around here working dog puppies can be bought for cheap if you are willing to go pick them up in the boonies. BTW boonies are on the way to town from here. :D
     
  11. Batt

    Batt In Remembrance Supporter

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    This is a picture of Batt and a montage of his charges.
     

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  12. aoconnor1

    aoconnor1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Well, first is my ancient GSD I rescued 4 years ago. She watches out for my chickens and Guineas when she is outside, but she spends her time where ever I am, and that is indoors or out depending on what I am doing. Her name is Millie, spayed, and she is at least 11 years old.

    Second is Pal, he is a 3 year old Blue Heeler/Blue Tick Hound cross, neutered male. He is my guard dog, he runs off all predators including ones that fly! He helps push my horses in from bottom pastures when needed, and he stays out all day working with my ranch hands and watching over the ranch.

    Third is Pal and his faithful sidekick Talley, a 3 year old Catahoula Cur. She is the crazy one, but she adores Pal and he has taught her to help him watch out for the horses, donkeys, and birds we have on the ranch. She is a good barker and alerts to pretty much everything, all the time! It's ok, it scares off any would be problems and keep coyotes at bay around here.

    I also have a 3 legged GP that is 4 years old, but he stays in and only is outdoors for short periods of time. He is scared spotless of the horses and donkeys, and has eaten a couple of Guineas before I got him to stop that behavior. He will watch the flock if he's out at all with them though, but he just isn't out all that much. If he had all 4 legs he would be an outside dog and would have had a lot more confidence to guard.
     

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  13. CAjerseychick

    CAjerseychick Well-Known Member

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    Just regained the ability to take and send pics- so....here is our pack (the doodle is with us only while his owner is recovering from surgery, bit of a yapper though)!
    They are farm dogs, homestead guards, the black one is a giant schnauzer(Layla) and she is a good guard dog all around, but needed some work adjusting to farm life(still catches rats). The Black, tan and white one is a Bernese mt dog(Max), he is a great farm dog, and true to breed type (I did not realize that male Berners could be so territorial) and lastly, the white one is akbash- pyr: several generations of them mixed, all working dogs, we actually have to lock him up at night, because while he doesnt live with the goats (you can see them in the background)- he goes into the pasture with them to patrol at night and will literally spend the night patrolling and barking to ward of predators-- his name is Oscar and we love love him- he is great with our child, and the family cats as well (as the rabbits, ducks geese, chickens)...
    hope this helps!

    oops sorry no idea how to fix the pics... sorry
     

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    CAjerseychick Well-Known Member

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    I really appreciate everyone who took the time to put up their photos! Nice dogs people!!!
     
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  15. aart

    aart HOW do they DO that?

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    Micro Border Collie, chicken herder in training...just kidding, couldn't resist.

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  16. Backfourty,MI.

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    We have Karakachan's, here are a couple pictures when they were younger & then a little older.
    We absolutely Love them & can't be happier with our choice for an LGD. I could never say enough great things about this breed.
    This is our male & female & yes we just had our 1st litter of pup's & mamma is an excellent mother
     

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  17. Janis R

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    The first pictures is of Blackie our GP, he was over 7 years old before he started guarding animals and he is doing a great job.
    The black dog is Lady Liberty and she is the guardian of the couch.
    We got 2 GP puppies last year and one died and the other kept eating the poultry so we got rid of her.
    I am in love with GP so we will continue to have them as LGD, I know other people swear by other breeds but the GP is my personal choice.
     

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  18. yarrow

    yarrow Ages Ago Acres Nubians Supporter

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    for the past 9 1/2 years we've had a spayed/neutered brother/sister pair of pyrs.. Bob Barker and his sister Lola are hands down the most important *employees* on our farm.. time is just beginning to catch up with them (they will turn 10 in mid-may).. I could never have asked for a better pair of LGDs.. they have been everything I've ever dreamed a guardian dog could be and then more.. SO.. I knew that when the time came.. there would be BIG PAWS to fill.. I had looked around and found no Pyrs that really spoke to me.. when the chance to add Karakachans (from Katie/Backfourty MI) happened.. I jumped on the chance.. as soon as they are old enough to wean not one, but two of her lovely pups will be joining us.. another brother/sister duo (again, both will be fixed).. Bob & Lola will be showing them the ropes (I think of them as Bob & Lola's interns LOL)
    first picture is Lola.. Bob..laying up on a big round bale.. puppy pics taken this past week.. (eyes are now open)... the red & white one is the male.. his name is Asen..blk & white the girl. her name is Raya...

    while Bob & Lola are getting older.. they are still spry.. (folks up the road had their older sister.. they lost her last week at the age of almost 15.. she was still on guard duty).. we have seen quite an increase in bear and cougar activity in the area over the last decade (we have never lost a goat to a predator of any kind.. it's been years since so much as a chicken has been lost.. the Pyrs are VERY serious about their job)..

    susie, mo ozarks
     

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  19. aoconnor1

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    I do love the Great Pyrenees! They are so regal looking. My next herd guard will be a GP, they are so cool:).
     
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    Asha & "her' sheep
     

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