Livestock Guardian Dogs (Utility)

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As Livestock Guardian Dogs are split between the Utility Group and the Working Group in Australia, for ease of navigation those in this section are called 'Livestock Guards'. As explained in Livestock Guardian Dogs History, these dogs live and blend permanently with the flock of domestic animals whether they be sheep, goats, cattle or more recently domestic fowl. Over thousands of years these dogs have developed the instinct to bond with their social companions, instinctively protecting them.

In this section we shall consider how these the Livestock Guardian Dogs developed along with early human settlements, to suit the particular local terrain across Eurasia (Europe and Asia). Although the Tibetan, Pyrenean and the Spanish Flock Guards bear the name Mastiff, this is technically a misnomer as these three breeds were primarily developed as Flock Guards and still work as such today.

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Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Pyrenean Mastiff and Spanish Mastiff

Livestock Guardian Dogs developed to guard flocks of sheep and goats from wolves and bears. In spring and summer the pastures on the mountainside are better for grazing than in the lower countryside which surrounded the villages. So in the Pyrenean Mountain region separating France and Spain, Livestock Guardian Dogs were developed to move flocks up the mountain range of ... »» Read more...

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Central Asian and Anatolian Shepherd Dogs

The Livestock Guardian Dogs that originated in Asia Minor are among the most ancient of the dogs that filled this important role. This is a closer look at their pure breed descendants known today as the Central Asian Shepherd Dog and the Anatolian Shepherd Dog,"Çoban köpegi", and a discussion about the name of these traditional Turkish Shepherd Dogs. »» Read more...

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Tibetan Mastiff

The Livestock Guardian Dog and guard dog, the Tibetan Mastiff developed in Tibet, a cradle of civilization isolated from the rest of the world for thousands of years because of the impassable Himalayan Mountains. Like other breeds developed in high mountain regions, Tibetan Mastiffs are distinguished by their strength, power, courage and frequently also by their ferocity[4]. »» Read more...