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post #11 of 44 Old 04-17-2012, 12:32 PM
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I have an Australian Sheppard/Border Collie mix and he is the BEST! He is very protective of our horses, to the point that if he hears any noise from them or near them he is right there! He is also protective when we are gone from home. But if we are there he is never agressive and he always loves kids.
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post #12 of 44 Old 04-17-2012, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by InStyle View Post
Landseer is a colour, its still a newfoundland. Same size/coat. Not a guard dog.

We have 3 german shepherds as our yard guards. They do a wonderful job, people are always intimidated by them, and they are fantastic with the livestock. Friendly when they are told people are ok.
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A GSD may not be the best option, since the OP doesn't live on the property where the dog will be staying. GSDs really love their people and mentally do better with lots of interaction from their human handlers. I know my 3 do!

A Great Pyrenees has my vote. When raised with any type of stock, they take their pleasure in being with their "family". If you had 2, very large GP roaming the fields with your horses, then I think they'd be pretty safe from both 2 and 4 legged predators, but dog's are just a deterant. Someone very motivated in stealing your horses will simply shoot the dogs. Other precautions should be taken to ward off people, such as posted signs that the property is monitored by a security camera, a game camera hidden in the woods, pointed toward the front gate, chains on all the gates and even electrified fences. My father was having a problem with people coming on to his hunting property and doing drugs. Being a family who lives paycheck to paycheck, we really couldn't afford the real thing, but my father built a small grey box and put a lens in it and bolted it high in a tree, but still in eyesight and it looked just like a video camera. The druggies stopped hanging around immediately!! Just something to think about.

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post #13 of 44 Old 04-17-2012, 01:51 PM
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Mine is a Chesapeake male. Stubborn dogs. Best guard dog I've ever owned. Two legged or 4 legged should fear him. Once his brain locks on, there's no stopping him. He will accept another animal only if I take the time to introduce him to it, otherwise he puts the run on it. With his retrieving abilities I can tell him fetch, point him in the right direction and he'll figure it out and bring it back.
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I have a border collie, he just turned 1 year old a few weeks ago. This picture was taken last October.
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post #15 of 44 Old 04-18-2012, 05:22 AM
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sorry to be punctilious, but landseer in europe is indeed a breed and NOT simply a color of newfoundlander. you can look up Landseer Newfoundland Information and Pictures, Landseers, Landseer Newfoundlands
they are definitely not dangerous, but intimidating and my friend who breeds them must be careful with the male, as he is very protective of his people and property.
I guess there are plenty of dogs to choose from. if I may suggest something, do not go for the very ferocious strictly guard dogs. they are quite a handful, especially if you have children. and even with other people you need to be very well insured; we spent a fortune with our mean maremmano!
sometime a slower, more reflective dog, with a big size is enough to keep away undesirable strangers.
best luck with your choice!
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post #16 of 44 Old 04-18-2012, 05:31 AM
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found this for you, you may have a look at spanish and pyrenean mastiffs...
don't know where you live...
Contact: Cinco Deseos Ranch LGD's
Brenda M. Negri
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post #17 of 44 Old 04-18-2012, 05:31 PM
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I have a black lab X golden retreiver. She is trained to not let horses off the property if they get out and not to let other animals on. And She wont let my neighbor on my property she is a very good dog.
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We have the fairly common 'mutt from the shelter' breed She's become very good at recognizing the difference in sound between the mail/UPS trucks and strangers that happen to wander up our private road.

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post #19 of 44 Old 04-20-2012, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares View Post
We have the fairly common 'mutt from the shelter' breed She's become very good at recognizing the difference in sound between the mail/UPS trucks and strangers that happen to wander up our private road.
I believe those are refered to as designer dogs these days,, Lol!
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post #20 of 44 Old 04-25-2012, 11:28 PM
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I have a pitbull. While she stays in the house with me at night, she's outside during the day.The barn is behind the house and to get to it you have to go past the house and about 6 hound dogs that stay outside. My pit, while friendly and loving, adores the other animals and is protective of the barn, including the pigs and chickens, not just the horses. Many people don't mess with our property knowing there's a pitbull on it anyway.
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