LGDs are not "just" tools, like a hammer or saw. They are not "just" anything. They are phenomenal dogs, with above average intelligence - often smarter than their own owners! - and good ones are born with an innate nurturing ability. LGDs are special, tough, protective dogs who deserve your utmost respect and care. Treat them well and they will return your love with devoted guardianship.
Help stamp out LGD abuse by not buying from questionable, flaky, dishonest or poor breeders. Don't perpetuate non-handling and socializing of your working LGD - don't buy from breeders who raise their dogs "hands off".
Open your eyes…learn to discern quality from junk, and you'll be glad you did in the end. Remember not to stress your dogs and run enough of them to do the job right. Your stock deserves it, and so do the dogs. Do or do not…there is no try.
Make 2015 a happy, healthy, safe New Year for your LGD.
Brenda M. Negri
Cinco Deseos Ranch Livestock Guardian Dogs
Here's my pack - Spanish Mastiffs, Pyrenean Mastiffs, Great Pyrenees, Spanish Mastiff crosses and Maremma/Anatolians…some pups I've bred…and their pups…and some cherished dogs who passed this year….all wishing you and yours a safe and happy 2015.