Originally Posted by galanie
Any breed of dog can be taught to be a livestock guardian. Even for chickens. The one I responded to suggested that rotts would be better than a Pyrenees or maremma. I don't think so, and I didn't want such a statement to go unanswered. I still think the best would be the breeds raised not to herd livestock, but to guard it. Your opinion is of course different. That doesn't make either of us experts in the field.
I am definitely not an expert.....but, I disagree. My Yorkshire Terrier would NOT EVER be a good LGD. -would kill my birds immediately, and more than likely become the meal of a hawk as well. (I wouldn't put any terrier breed with chickens - large or small, based upon their natural instincts and inclinations.) -but, I do agree that per past experience with Pyrenees, they make excellent guardians. -no experience with Rotts, so no opinion offered.