Would a leonberger dog work as a LGD?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by theron, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. theron

    theron Theron's Fowl Farm

    Nov 15, 2009
    Midland, MI
    ? is in the subject. Thanks
  2. chikkaboomboom

    chikkaboomboom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2010
    Brooklyn, Michigan
    Contact a REPUTABLE breeder. I have met a few <I show dogs> they are generally very low drive very sweet dogs.So I wouldnt know, I would recommend on of the traditional livestock guardian breeds.The Leo is a pretty recent breed of dog.
  3. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2010
    I know some about dogs. But I have never heard of a leonberger. Can someone tell me what it is
  4. Kenr

    Kenr New Egg

    Aug 5, 2010
    Salt Lake City
    We had a female Leo with a really strong prey drive, basically anything that moved was chased out of the yard. That was until she got cataracts at 6. $4500 later she was good as new but unfortunately died a few years later. I agree with looking for a reputable breeder, one that is registered through the Leonberger club of America, not just the AKC. The LCA has been around for a while but the Leonberger just was accepted into the AKC. Leos are great dogs but I would think about sticking with an Anatolian or a Pyr.
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    What do you want to guard?
  6. theron

    theron Theron's Fowl Farm

    Nov 15, 2009
    Midland, MI
    poultry (ducks, chickens, and geese). I don't know what kind of dog to get though? I kind of wanted one that could be left outside so maybe a fluffier breed like a maremma or great pyr, but I would be a little concerned with the fluffier breeds in the summer when it gets warm? So im not sure on which breed
  7. Hillbilly Hen

    Hillbilly Hen Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2009
    Newaygo Michigan
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2011
  8. The Kibble Goddess

    The Kibble Goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2009
    Sylvania, Ga
    We have several GPs here in Richmond Hill/Savannah GA and the heat doesn't bother them too much as long as they have good shade, plenty of water and are not expected to run much in the middle of the day. And keeping their coats brushed out helps too. You can't just dump then out in the yard with the stock though, they HAVE to be socialized to people, especially to kids, otherwise no one, not even the people you want to come on the farm are going to be allowed on the property.
  9. theron

    theron Theron's Fowl Farm

    Nov 15, 2009
    Midland, MI
    No I didn't really mean to just dump him outside. When the puppy is younger he would be living inside and getting used to other people and our other pets. I would never just leave them alone outside. We already have a dog and he is inside most of the year other than fall and he is a beagle. Sorry I was not clear enough. [​IMG]

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