Go with my gut or with the flow... chicken dogs

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Why and Dotte, May 19, 2010.

  1. Why and Dotte

    Why and Dotte Songster

    Mar 8, 2010
    Little Rock,Arkansas
    So there has been a lot of predators roaming around since the death of our pyr/anatolian, I had never had a loss with him around and all of a sudden I'm losing birds left and right.
    I convince everyone it's time for another dog, so I find this beautiful pyr/anatolian mix that the whole family instantly falls for because of his resemblance to old Whinny. I emailed the rescue and he wasn't suited for farms as he only wants to be around humans, I ruled him out but of course everyone else insists we need to get him despite him not guarding the livestock.
    I went ahead and sent an email, asking how he acted towards livestock and explained our situation, i figured they already ruled us out as well thinking were looking for a cheap LGD. It's worth trying, I hope it isn't a mistake. [​IMG]
  2. dutchhollow

    dutchhollow Songster

    May 13, 2008
    SW IA
    When I had 40 goats, I looked into getting one, none of the rescues would let them go as lgd's, wanted them to be house pets. Good luck, the right one will come a long if this isn't it!
  3. adoptedbyachicken

    adoptedbyachicken Crowing Premium Member

    Yes the rescues and shelters generally always say they are unsuitable for livestock so that they get a pet home. Not sure why a working home is seen as such a bad thing.

    I have done private rescue of quite a few dogs that have never been around livestock or where thought to be bad with livestock and poultry. With training and consistent handling their instincts to work with livestock come through. I hope you find one, sounds like you have a great home for him.

    If the rescue will not consider you put out a private wanted ad, or contact the local live stock dealers or auctions. While the dogs don't generally get to the auction they often know of someone rehoming dogs.
  4. cmjust0

    cmjust0 Songster

    Apr 30, 2009
    Central KY
    Depends on the organization.. If he's in a shelter type of system right now that takes in all different breeds of dog, then ya, they're probably going to require the fenced yard and expect that whoever adopts him is going to make a pet of him. They don't seem too eager to place dogs in homes where they're expected to perform some type of function..

    To me, though, that's not what this sounds like.. Just the fact that they've already addressed the farm suitability question...and the fact that it's referred to as a "rescue"....leads me to believe whoever has him is at least somewhat accustomed to encountering this type of dog.

    If that's not the case, and he's in a general shelter...it's worth more questions. If he's in a Pyr or Anatolian or LGD rescue system and they say he's not farm suitable...I'd probably keep looking.

    That's just me, though..
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I would keep looking. If they came out and said that this dog really needs to be around people, was not suitable as a farm/livestock dog, then I would take it for that. Perhaps that's why he was surrendered?
  6. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Songster

    May 3, 2007
    North Central MS
    Pretty darn sad if you ask me. All these millions of dogs needing homes and they turn away people who want the dog for their farm?!?! That's ridiculous!

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