The Best Guard Animals for After TEOTWAWKI

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a small terrier can make a good watchdog to warn you of intruders

Now when you go to choose  guard animals, the first and most important thing that you have to decide is what do you want the animals to do.  If you live in an apartment or house in an urban area your needs will be entirely different that someone who lives in the country and raises animals.

If you live in an apartment you may want a small dog that will give you early warning of a threat.  A good example would be one of the smaller terriers. They can be trained and are fairly alert.  With a bit of training they make a good watchdog.  One advantage to them is that they do not consume a large amount of food.

If you live in a single family home in either a rural or an urban area and have a decent size yard, you may want to consider a large watchdog that will also attack.  There are some advantages to a large dog that will bite.  However, there are also some disadvantages.  One you had better train the dog well, so you don’t have it attack the wrong person and end up in a lawsuit.  A large dog takes more exercise and consumes more food.

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A large dog can defend you or your animals

Now if you live in the country and are raising stock, you may want a guardian dog.  They are generally large breeds that can intimidate a predator on looks alone.  These dogs are often vocal and bark when anything appears suspicious or out of the ordinary. As a last resort, good guardian dogs will attack the predator.  Both males and females can protect equally well against bears, mountain lions, other dogs, coyotes, bobcats and wolves. They intimidate raccoons, skunks, possums, weasels and foxes.  One dog can guard a fairly large herd, but you probably want two or more, as some predators will split the herd or flock to confuse the guardian dogs.

The dog to food ratio brings up an interesting point.  Are you better off to have a small dog that provides plenty of warning and eats little versus a large dog that will give warning and bites, but eats lots of food.  This is a decision you will have to make for yourself.

If you are choosing a dog for one of the above purposes, spent some time researching the breeds in which you are interested.  Make sure that you understand what the dog is capable of doing.  Many people overestimate the attack capabilities of their dogs.  You have to spend time with the dog and make sure it is correctly trained.

Depending on where you live there are other choices in guard animals

Watchdogs can be a great way to protect your home or property from intruders.  However, many people aren’t aware there are other options when looking for guard animals.  There are several other animals that, when trained, can help to prevent intruders from being able to enter your home and property.  These animals are usually fairly easy to keep, requiring little to no maintenance.  In addition to this, they also have a strong territorial instinct that will help motivate them to defend against any potential intruders.

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Geese

A small flock of geese can be effective guard animals.  Geese are territorial, and will defend their domain.  In addition to this, geese are alert to any sign of danger and will make a lot of noise. This danger could be intruders, potential burglars, or even predatory animals.  When searching for guard geese that are right for your home’s security, you may want a flock that consists of three to five females and one male. Try to keep only one male goose in your flock, since this will mean that you will not have to deal with fights between the males in your flock during mating season. Geese are good in farmyard type setting and can provide eggs and extra meat.

If you have flocks of goats, sheep etc, you may want to consider a guard donkey or llama; both make surprisingly good guard animals.  Due to problems with predators, sheep herders were the first to begin training donkeys to guard their flocks.  In terms of success, it is said that over 70% of donkeys are able to effectively and completely protect a flock of goats or sheep from dangerous predators.  A donkey’s primary method of guarding involves a combination of braying, kicking, stomping and chasing off intruders.

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Donkey’s

Many people believe llamas to be docile, slow-learning, slightly eccentric animals that are able to projectile vomit on command. Llamas are also fairly territorial, and will defend their domain with aggressive behavior.  In South America llamas, like donkeys, are often used by sheep herders in order to protect livestock from dangerous predators. As a guard animal for your home, it’s possible to train a llama to defend your property from any potential intruders.

Donkeys and llamas can consume the same food as the goats or sheep, but will require other care to remain healthy.  The following are links to further information on Donkeys and llamas.

Whatever guard animals you are interested in you need to spend some time learning about them and making sure that they will met you expectations.

Howard

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6 Responses to The Best Guard Animals for After TEOTWAWKI

  1. Fox says:

    Guinea fowl are also great alarms, a good source of meat and eggs, and greatly reduce the tick population. Mine free range during the day and are penned up at night. Their pen faces one direction and my goose pen faces the opposite direction. So, depending on who sounds off, I can tell which direction an intruder is coming from.
    I’ve used both llamas and donkeys to guard my sheep. The donkeys fared much better against packs of coyotes. In one attack, I lost one llama and had a second one badly injured. The best guardian I had was a mammoth jack, standing 16 hands, that would easily kill coyotes and run off bears. I choose not to use guardian dogs because my neighbors’ kids often take a shortcut through my fields and I wouldn’t want to chance them getting attacked.

  2. Grampa says:

    We had a flock of the Grey geese up in Canada on the farm. They are fearless and will go after anyone they don’t know. Their bite hurts and they are simple to care for and make a good meal when times are tough. We always had plenty of eggs and they are larger than chicken. We had no problem with interaction with any of the other animals. They provided protection from the hawks taking the chicks or their own goslings. They also helped weed the garden. This would get my vote for a lookout. A low maintenance animal you can eat in a pinch Who would want to eat a family dog?
    Grampa

  3. Linda S. says:

    A large dog would be good to scare away someone sneaking in to plunder your garden or steal a chicken, but someone willing to do you harm will be armed & will simply shoot your dog. A small terrier or two will be loud, tenacious & much harder to hit. They are also good for rodent control but must be well trained around small livestock. A young duck, for instance, is just a squeaky water toy. Don’t ask how I know this.

  4. Ainsley says:

    One of the largest whisky distillers in Scotland is known for having used flocks of geese to guard its property. It is not known whether the birds were more ferocious for having been raised on the client’s product as has been suggested.

  5. Stewpedaso says:

    Ravens

  6. Bonnie Wyatt says:

    Guineas would be my first pick. They are extremely easy to care for and can raise the dead with their warning calls. But my second pick would be peacocks.. they like to roost at night high in trees and literally scream HELP. They sound just like a woman screaming the word HELP. Peafowl are fine to eat also.

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