Our mission

Coalition for Livestock Guardian Dogs is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the well-being and decrease the numbers of working and companion livestock guardian dogs in need. We believe we can achieve this through education, improved management, assistance programs and protections and we envision a more compassionate community where there are no more displaced and unwanted livestock guardian dogs.

The Coalition for Livestock Guardian dogs is a unique non-profit that addresses a growing need that is currently not served. We seek to develop programs that assist livestock guardian dog owners in implementing proven practices that will have a direct impact on the well-being of the dogs, educate owners on responsible ownership of companion livestock guardian dogs that will prevent the numbers of livestock guardian dogs that are surrendered and inspire owners of working livestock guardian dogs to use proven management methods that will decrease or eliminate the numbers of livestock guardian dogs in need or that are left behind.


Currently, we are focused on the state of Utah. Our initiatives are targeted within the state of Utah as the laws or guidelines for working dogs are lacking and education for the public is non-existent. Utah has vast public lands , leaving working LGD vulnerable to theft, mismanagement and and being left behind. We see similar issues throughout the country and it is our vision to someday be able to help livestock guardian dogs in need regardless of geographic location. Our goal is to inspire the use of livestock guardian dogs as they were originally intended ….. as partners, not tools.

We are adamant on our stance against the theft of these dogs, working or companion. No one should ever interfere with a dog unless it is a life and death situation and even then, the proper agencies need to be contacted. 


The livestock guardian dog (LGD) originated in Europe and Asia, and has for centuries been used to guard and protect livestock. Common LGD breeds include Great Pyrenees, Akbash, Maremma, Anatolian Shepherd or Kuvasz (to name a few)... those “big fluffy dogs.


A livestock guardian dog (LGD) is a working dog that protects livestock and can be found on a homestead or large ranching operation. These dogs provide valuable nonlethal predator management which minimize livestock losses and demonstrate that we can coexist with wildlife.


A companion livestock guardian dog is a livestock guardian dog breed that is owned as a companion dog. Some are raised as companions and some have not been suited for working life and transitioned.


We believe that livestock guardian dog breeds can be both working and/or companion. Every dog is different and many factors such as genetics and personality determine the best environment in which the dog will thrive. 

Contact Us

Coalition for Livestock Guardian Dogs

P.O. Box 982093

Park City, Utah 84098

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We exist to improve the well-being of working and companion livestock guardian dogs in need.