This page contains information on the use of dogs, llamas, and donkeys used to protect livestock.
Livestock Guarding Animals
Livestock Protection Dogs
USDA. APHIS. Wildlife Damage Management.
Provides fact sheets, a bibliography, and other information on livestock protection dog uses.
Guidelines for Using Donkeys as Guard Animals with Sheep
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs
Provides information on donkeys as guard animals.
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.
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.
Livestock Guard Dogs, Llamas and Donkeys
Colorado State University. Cooperative Extension.
Describes the use of dogs, llamas and donkeys to protect sheep from predation. Includes information on training, costs, effectiveness, advantages and disadvantages.
In the News
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 15:10USDA. 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.