he amazing ability of Anatolians to protect livestock stems not only from their physical attributes—size, strength, good eyesight, sharp hearing and excellent sense of smell—but from their familiarity with and dedication to their charges. Puppies are raised with the herd from 6-8 weeks of age and instinctively bond with the sheep or goats they are kept with. They are calm, confident dogs that continually stay with the herd and are very sensitive to changes in normal herd behaviour or routine.
Anatolians will investigate and aggressively confront any intruders or threats to the herd. These dogs are not dependent on their masters for affection or direction, and are capable of making independent decisions. Anatolians possess the three main behaviour traits that an effective livestock guarding dog must have: trustworthiness, attentiveness and protectiveness.
The Lesotho Highland Dog, also known as a Maluti, is an indigenous African dog that has been used to guard livestock in Lesotho. They have proven very effective...