Companion LGD

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It's become commonplace to see livestock guardian breeds in urban animal shelters. Some are impounded as strays while others are surrendered due to typical breed behaviors such as barking, roaming or being too protective.


Quite often, these breeds do not do well in a shelter environment and some are euthanized as a result of the behavior. Sometimes, the dog is adopted and surrendered yet again. This can be tragic for a breed that although large and intelligent, can be very sensitive and bond deeply.


For many reasons, working livestock guardian dogs have become more commonly found in shelters and rescues. While many can successfully transition to a companion dog, others have special requirements that are difficult for the average home to provide. 

The answers

A very simple solution is prevention. When considering acquiring a livestock guardian dog breed, it is crucial to research and carefully consider the typical characteristics of the breed and what they require in order to thrive.


As with any dog, some behaviors can be prevented and/or eliminated through education and proper training. However, it's important to expect that behaviors that allow an LGD to thrive in their role as protector can be the exact opposite of the behaviors considered desirable in a pet. Excessive barking, being overly protective may not be ideal for a family living in the suburbs. LGD breeds are independent thinkers making them great escape artists that require adequate fencing. 


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Our goals


It's our hope that inspiring owners of working LGDs to properly care for them will decrease the number of LGDs in shelters whose dogs are adopted to primarily companion dog owners.


Our focus is to inform the public on the genetic traits and characteristics of livestock guardian dog breeds and promote responsible ownership of them.


Our goal is to fund spay/neuter and wellness initiatives and provide resources for owners of livestock guardian dog breeds to increase the chances of success.