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The Pros and Cons

CarolineP

Little Dog
So in the next year we'll be moving onto a 5 acre lot, fencing it in, and building a house. The fence will be sectioned off, some for our cows, some for our geese and ducks and some for our horses. We already have an LGD for our birds, and when we move onto the 5 acres we're thinking about getting another dog. I've been on here a couple times asking about dogs and someone suggested a pros/cons list, and while I put on here what I have I would love for some extras with whatever you guys think of. I'm not looking for another guard dog, just a pet this time. Doing fun activities would be great, but I also like when you can leave them alone for a little bit and they'll do their own thing. They're just such different breeds, I'll be happy with either one, of course.


The LGD
PROS:
Very sweet, laid back
Great guard dogs
Adoring
Gentle
Don't need intense exercise, a simple game of chase

CONS:
Hard to train
Independent and stubborn
The fur
A small polar bear in your house
Eat a TON
Allergies


The Bull Breed
PROS:
Very people friendly
Very loving
Easy to please
Love to play
Enthusiastic
Strong and athletic

CONS:
Bad guard dogs
Pushy
Need very clear boundaries and structure
Bored easily
Rambunctious, mischievous
Overwhelmingly capable
Can be extremely animal aggressive
BSL
 

ruffiangirl

Little Dog
If you want to do some fun actvities i wouldnt get another lgd, lol my friemd tried with her marema, lol, it was...interesting... She reciently got an Aussie, lol. But in reality it sounds like a bull breed would be better of the two for what you want, trained properly it wouldnbe able to be lett alone, although i would make use of a kennel.
 
A bull breed dog is extremely risky for the type of lifestyle you're wanting. They are often not good with other animals, and are very often dog aggressive. If your LGD is a real LGD that lives out with your livestock and protects them, there is a HIGH chance that your bull breed will go after an animal (or the LGD) and you'll have an extremely nasty fight on your hands.

If you're okay with 24/7 constant management of a dog and keeping it separated from your livestock and LGD if that ends up being necessary, which is likely, then by all means get a bull breed. You also need to be prepared to deal with the consequences if/when management fails and you have dead livestock or a couple torn up dogs.
 

CarolineP

Little Dog
A bull breed dog is extremely risky for the type of lifestyle you're wanting. They are often not good with other animals, and are very often dog aggressive. If your LGD is a real LGD that lives out with your livestock and protects them, there is a HIGH chance that your bull breed will go after an animal (or the LGD) and you'll have an extremely nasty fight on your hands.

If you're okay with 24/7 constant management of a dog and keeping it separated from your livestock and LGD if that ends up being necessary, which is likely, then by all means get a bull breed. You also need to be prepared to deal with the consequences if/when management fails and you have dead livestock or a couple torn up dogs.

I've considered it, the great thing is with the 5 acres there is a lot of room to keep dogs separated. He is a true LGD and lives out with the animals we currently have, but we always leave the door open in case he wants to come inside for whatever reason. Usually he'll just stroll in and get some attention then go back out. I love him but I want a dog that is an actual family dog. It can work and will work, but I want one that is family oriented and owner-centered.
 

CarolineP

Little Dog
Any particular breed(s)? And thank you.


Dogs like Great Pyrenees, Anatolian Shepherd, Kangal dog. They're usually HUGE, white, and fluffy. Great guard/watch dogs, will stay within the flock or herd of animals, he'll guard them with his life. Mine is a Great Pyrenees/Kangal mix, he's a gorgeous boy, about seventy pounds now at six months, not fat at all. The Great Pyrenees can get around 120 and the Kangal can hit 140+. Getting a bull breed will be quite a change with size, mentality, energy, etc.
 

Jazzy

GRCH Dog
If you're listing allergies as "a con" - you may want to do a bit more exploration on bull breeds and allergies.

Anecdotally (if that's a word :grin: ) it seems to me I read quite a bit about bull breeds having some pretty prevalent allergies - then again I just may notice those threads/discussions more since my dog has fairly bad allergies (as in, needs an allergy shot every 3 weeks plus meds during peak times).
 

CarolineP

Little Dog
If you're listing allergies as "a con" - you may want to do a bit more exploration on bull breeds and allergies.

Anecdotally (if that's a word :grin: ) it seems to me I read quite a bit about bull breeds having some pretty prevalent allergies - then again I just may notice those threads/discussions more since my dog has fairly bad allergies (as in, needs an allergy shot every 3 weeks plus meds during peak times).

Well, I guess what I meant mostly is its uncommon for an LGD breed not to have allergies. I think?? Even my vet said, we'll see what kind of allergies he has in a few months. (spring time)