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Quick question about LGD breeds

Discussion in 'Livestock Guardians' started by FRED DESANTIS, Mar 19, 2019.

  1. May 20, 2019
    FRED DESANTIS

    FRED DESANTIS Overrun with beasties

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    Hi everybody,
    Here's an update. Sissy is doing real well and enjoying her job. After being spayed she calmed down a bit. She chase's the new kids around some but we are working it out. I was thinking about getting her shaved for the summer as she has been getting a lot of little briars in her coat but I want to make sure it's a good idea. Any advice would be appreciated.
    Thanks
     
  2. May 20, 2019
    Baymule

    Baymule Herd Master

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    Please don't shave her. Her coat is actually cooling for her, shaved, she would sunburn. Also, it protects her from predator bites. A predator will get more hair than skin and muscle in a fight. Not to say that her fur is suit of armor, LGD's can and do get killed by predators. Her coat is her protection. Give her a good brushing, it will help with the burrs and shedding fur. I use a dog brush and a furminator. Then I go take a shower, spitting dog fur. LOL
     
  3. May 21, 2019
    Ridgetop

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    The heavy hair protects her. I used to shave our Pyrs once in the summer, but only when the fleas were so bad I couldn't control them with medicated baths and flea control. When I brought them home they hid until their coats grew back somewhat. I hated to do it, but the fleas were so bad they scratched raw. This was before the new oil stuff you drop onto their backs to control the fleas. Since using those controls, we haven't had any fleas. As long as they can find shade, or will hollow out a cool place underneath a large bush to sleep during the day their fur insulates. They will blow half their coat during the spring too. Try to keep it combed or brushed out - usually in huge clumps - to avoid matting. I used to do our Pyrs over several days. I have to do our Anatolians too in the spring, but their hair is not so long and only causes a problem on the back end.
     
  4. May 21, 2019
    Mike CHS

    Mike CHS Herd Master Golden Herd Member

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    I comb our Pyr every couple of days now. It was only once a week or so until recently when she began her full blown shed. I'm getting about a plastic grocery bag full every time now.
     
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    Mini Horses

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    I am so glad to hear that this relationship is working better for the both of you! :love Understanding her breed traits and your perspective of those factors seems to have made all the difference. Now you can both enjoy those goats -- you feed and play with them, she makes sure they are safe. A win-win for sure.:clap
     
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    brashertreyshawn Herd lurker

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    She isn't seeing a partnership here. I spend hours every day with a new dog just roaming the territory with my dogs. It doesn't take a lot of that for them to see who is supporting the "job"
     
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  7. Sep 7, 2019
    FRED DESANTIS

    FRED DESANTIS Overrun with beasties

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    She's doing great now. She is still a pup 16 months old. I am sure she will get even better.
    Thanks
     
  8. Sep 8, 2019
    Ridgetop

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    Large breed dogs are still puppies until age 2 years. The giant breeds, of which guardian breeds are members, may not mature completely mentally and physically until 30-36 month!

    You may think it is taking too long, but don't get frustrated yet. She is still learning and you are teaching each other. The best guardians are not always house dog material. You recognize that she is a puppy which is great. Our 10 month old Anatolian puppy has started chewing everything - for a while we thought she was just really good but we have now found her "no man's land" of stolen items. She has quite a collection squirreled away in her secret location! She has now chewed the arm off an almost new lawn chair, the corner of a table, countless gardening gloves, etc. What's a mother to do?! LOL
     
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  9. Sep 8, 2019
    Baymule

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    TEENAGERS!!:th