We have an agreement with the coyotes, they live on one side of the creek and we live on the other. Just to be sure, we also have a livestock guardian dog who lets them know they are not welcome to visit the farm. One of the most common breeds for an alpaca livestock guardian dog is a Great Pyrenees. There are several different dog breeds farms can use, as well as using a llama or donkey. We choose a Great Pyrenees as they are also good with your family and we have lots of family!
Favourite place he loves to sleep? The hay bin in winter or lying in front of a fan in the summer. He works the night shift, barking to let the wildlife know to move on. That’s hard work so we will often find him sleeping in the hay bin when we go out for morning chores.
Not all alpaca farms have livestock guardian dogs or any guard animal. Some rely on neighbours dogs to keep the coyotes away. Deciding if your farm needs an LGD (livestock guardian dog) depends on many factors. Each farm is different.
We know we have coyotes on our farm as we see them on our trail cameras, along with deer and other wildlife. Plus having a livestock guarding dog means we can lie in bed at night and listen to the barking knowing all is well on the farm. If something is not right, his barking changes, alerting us to go outside. The alpacas will also sound a warning sound but that is not what you want to hear on your alpaca farm.
If your livestock guardian dog is doing their job all you should hear is normal barking allowing you to rest easy knowing all is well on the farm. Being new alpaca farmers, that was very important to us. Dino was the first to arrive on our alpaca farm. He didn’t have any alpacas to guard but he had a farm to adjust to before the big day when the alpacas were delivered.