|Barked: Thu Apr 18, '13 8:28pm PST |
|In my region we have a lot of LGDs, especially Akbash, Maremma, and the odd Anatolian and their crosses. Even a large percentage of the mixed breed litters around here will contain some Akbash or Maremma. Most of the region is rural and we have a lot of large predators.
From my research, the different LGD breeds will differ in terms of how serious they are about taking out intruders. Pyrs are the mellower end (but can still put on a pretty threatening display!), and then you have the Maremma, Akbash, and Anatolians, with Kangals and Ovcharkas are the extreme end.
I've been on a property with a Maremma, but her person was out as well and I didn't have any problems. I'm pretty sure that had I showed up unannounced, then I would not have been able to leave the car.
Some of my coworkers came upon a herd of sheep and their two flock guardians, and those dogs may it very clear that they were not to come anywhere near their sheep...
Also consider how many non-resident dogs may be on your future property. The harder LGDs will kill strange canines if they are on their property.
Here's a website to check out: People and Carnivores
If you decide that an LGD isn't what you want, then look into llamas as they can also act as flock guardians.
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