This is addressed to Graeme and Sandra Gallienne but is not part of the
'Shooters' thread. Have you heard about Livestock Guardian Dogs? These are dogs
trained from a young age to live with and protect sheep, goats, cattle, poultry
as well as horses, emus and ostriches (ie any animals) from feral attack.
They're defensive rather than aggressive but will confront predators and fight
Australian farmers began using them around the early 1980s and they protect
against dingoes, feral dogs, foxes, birds of prey, cats, etc. (I've seen this
myself but that's another story.)
The best-known breed here is the Maremma Sheepdog or Maremma, originally from
Italy. There, they guarded goats and sheep from human thieves and wolves.
These dogs are incredibly effective against feral attack. Here in Victoria,
they have even been successful in helping guard the Warrnambool Middle Island
Little Penguin colony recover in number from fewer than 10 to about 205. Not
one penguin has been killed by fox predation since the trial commenced in
There is a Maremma-owning discussion group online and a very thorough manual
available, complete with case studies of five properties. It's published by the
University of Canberra's Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre, Ph 02
Hope that helps.
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