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Old 03-25-2015, 01:26 PM
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I decided to get a Dogo Argentino, and that would certainly fit the bill for hogs, but you don't need protection from hogs as they aren't looking to attack people. A Dogo will however go out and hunt the hogs.

If you plan on leaving it alone outside expect it to be pretty scarred up in no time by boars, and if it comes across a Mt Lion be ready to dig a grave for your dog.

Using a Dogo to hunt boars and expecting it to eradicate the entire boar population around your area are different things.
There's a reason boar hunters put kevlar vests on their catch dogs. Boars are no joke. Mountain lions ... an LGD might be able to scare away a mountain lion, but if the thing is determined to attack, the dog is not winning.
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Working guardians are usually kept in groups of at least 3 dogs. They can protect very well, but there will need to be more than just one dog.
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Working guardians are usually kept in groups of at least 3 dogs. They can protect very well, but there will need to be more than just one dog.
Farmers where I used to live* never had less than 2 dogs for any one flock. The dogs would usually get mountain lions to run away by ferociously barking at them, but sometimes the mountain lions wouldn't be dissuaded so easily. Usually, somebody living/working on the farm would hear all the barking and show up with a rifle to back the dogs up before things went south, but not always.


*among the ones I knew. It's not like I knew every farmer ever.
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^^ Very true amaryllis. I remember someone told me a story about their Great Pyrenees'. Some wolves were hunting the flock and the dogs basically tore the wolves apart. The dogs were completely red with blood. I did feel bad about the wolves though. There are also many dogs that don't make it. Hopefully the OP comes back with more details on his/her situation.
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