Myths, Misconceptions and Misinformation About Livestock Guard Dogs

| 6/17/2014 1:56:00 PM

Tags: guard dogs, livestock guardians dog, Michigan, Jan Dohner,

Livestock Guard Dog Illustration

Experienced LGD owners can easily come up with a list of myths, misconceptions, and misinformation about their dogs. A quick glance at various LGD forums, email lists, or Facebook pages will reveal that these misconceptions are not only widespread but they are also responsible for the majority of problems new LGD owners find themselves in. 

Most of these myths were rooted in the well intentioned but not fully knowledgeable advice given to the pioneering users of LGDs in the 1970s and 80s. Most of these breeds were uncommon to North America, and their use as true working livestock guardians was completely new to most folks. Ranchers and other folks were told that LGD pups should be left completely alone to bond with the stock and they should be handled as little as possible. Today we understand much better how these dogs worked in their native lands and, most importantly, how humans worked with them. Unfortunately, many of these misconceptions are still widely believed to be true. 

The Myths 

Human contact is bad for LGDs. 

LGDs can’t be trained.

6/17/2014 10:41:08 PM

Wow sounds like a lot of the same information my dogs breeder has posted on her website, almost word for word! I do beg to differ with the opinion that cross breeding is without benefit, as everything written in this article against cross breeding can also be said for purebred puppies, (such as temperament and health status) There are many very good cross bred dogs working across the US and Canada that disproves that statement.

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