The centuries-old practice of using livestock guardian dogs to protect livestock from predators is well known. In general, livestock guardian dogs make wonderful family pets and capable home protectors. The three most important traits to look for in a livestock guardian dog are trustworthiness, attentiveness and aggressiveness. This is because the dog owner must be able to trust the livestock guardian dog not to cause any harm to the livestock, to be constantly aware of where the livestock is located and be naturally aggressive against any, and all potential predators.
It’s important to note that livestock guardian dogs are not a herding dog or a pet, but rather a full-time member of the flock. Guardian dogs protect livestock by patrolling the pasture, confronting predators, barking, scent-marking and discouraging potential predators. The guardian dog must consider itself a member of the flock to insure that it feels a strong bond to the flock, which will bring out its strongest protective instincts.