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Although non-climb fencing is your best line of defense against predators, many farms also use guard llamas or LGDs (Livestock Guardian Dogs). Types of predators vary by region, but every farm has the potential to be affected by loose or feral dogs. Pack animals, including coyotes and wolves, are also a threat, especially to cria. Even with good fencing, the possibility exists for predators to get over the fence or dig under the fence.

Many alpaca breeders use guard animals. Llamas have great eyesight, little fear of predators, and a warning call that will alert alpacas and farmers that there is a threat nearby. They are great for alerting of danger but are best used in conjunction with LGDs. Even though a llama will rush a predator, it is no match for a pack of dogs or coyotes or a bear or cougar.

 Kasey with Abby and Firestorm Kasey on left, Konrad on right  

Livestock Guardian Dogs have been used for thousands of years as guardians of flocks. LGDs maintain a watchful perimeter and are very intelligent, self-thinking animals. LGDs are an important part of our herd. They are fearless and work to protect their herd 24 hours a day. The alpacas know that they are not a threat and have formed a bond with the dogs. There are many different breeds of LGDs including Komondors, Great Pyrenees, Kuvasz, and Anatolians.

At our farm, we have two Komondors patrolling our eight acres of pastures. They have access to all pastures all the time by way of dog doors we installed on all our pasture gates. Komondors are originally from Hungary where they are used for guarding sheep. Their unique corded coat helped protect them and keeps them warm during the winter. Our Komondors work as a team. The female, Kasey, always stays with the herd while the male, Konrad, approaches the potential threat, barking. Good LGDs, such as Komondors, will not be lured away from their herd.
 Dog door on gate  
Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 October 2008 16:18 )