Livestock Guardian Dogs

We get a lot of questions and comments about our livestock guardian dogs, so I thought I would share some info about them.

These three LGDs are siblings. We purchased them as weaned pups from a local ranch near Belle Fourche, SD.

Breed
A three-way mix of Great Pyrenees, Maremma, and Akbash. I was told this three-way mix of these three breeds was developed on the great cattle ranches in Montana (hundreds or even thousands of acres). They started with the Great Pyrenees, which is a great livestock guardian dog, but the ranchers still needed to feed the dogs when on pasture for months at a time. They added the Maremma and Akbash to make the dog a bit lighter and faster. The result is a dog completely capable of livestock guardian duties, but fast enough to catch much of their own food (e.g rabbits, gophers, etc.).

Duties
At Bear Butte Gardens, these LGDs protect our sheep and poultry - mainly from coyotes. Before we got these dogs, we had issues with coyotes. The coyotes would come up very near our house at night. Since we have these dogs, the coyotes don't come near.

The LGDs are also well acquainted with cattle, but have not had guarding duty yet -- because the cattle we've had have been large enough and old enough to take care of themselves. In the future, we plan to expand our cattle operation and have our own newborn calves. At that time we are hopeful that these LGDs will help guard the calves as well.