Livestock Guarding Animals

This page contains information on the use of dogs, llamas, and donkeys used to protect livestock.


Livestock Protection Dogs

USDA. APHIS. Wildlife Damage Management.

Provides fact sheets, a bibliography, and other information on livestock protection dog uses.

A donkey walking Guidelines for Using Donkeys as Guard Animals with Sheep

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs

Provides information on donkeys as guard animals.

Two llamas with sheep Guard Llamas: A Part of Integrated Sheep Protection (PDF | 368 KB)

Iowa State University. University Extension.

Publication discussing the use of llamas to protect sheep from coyote predation.

Guidelines for Working Dogs

Animal Welfare Approved.

Guidelines for Animal Welfare Approved farms on the appropriate management of working dogs on the farm.

dog guarding sheep Livestock Guarding Dogs: Protecting Sheep from Predators

USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Bulletin about dogs that protect sheep and other animals without harming them and aggressively repelling predators.

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USDA. APHIS. Wildlife Services.

Taking on an adult grizzly bear or a pack of wolves is a lot to ask of a livestock protection dog, but it’s a task they willingly take to protect their herds from predation. For centuries, livestock protection dogs have helped ranchers protect livestock from coyotes, feral dogs, foxes, and mountain lions. Without them, thousands of sheep, lambs, and calves would be killed or injured each year.