Males Females together

by Chelsey
(Mount Vernon, Ky )

Can two intact males work together? Can two females work together? I’m afraid if I get them fixed they won’t be able to do their job. I plan on getting one or two when I get some livestock one day. Also, can they get along with other dogs? I may get a Labrador retriever too. Thanks :)

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May 12, 2020
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Intact
by: Donna

It is recommended to always neuter/spay your LGDs. They will wander in search of females / males depending on what you have. This is dangerous. They will still do their jobs and even better since they won't feel the need to search out mates. Spay / Neuter at two years old so their joints are developed. Until they are neutered/spayed, make sure they are not able to wander.

Have a female and male–spayed and neutered– to work together. Two intact males and even two neutered males may fight and the same might go for two females. If you get young dogs (they are not ready to work until about 1.5 years and over as they don't mature until that time. Some not until two.) of the same sex, they may seem to get along for awhile but as they mature, they may fight.

They will get along with other dogs but those dogs must not get into their work area. The LGDs take their jobs seriously and may consider other dogs as prey on their livestock.

May 13, 2020
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take every word seriously
by: Anonymous

Cannot stress this enough. All advice that this site has given you, you can 'take to the bank'. Read each word carefully and follow their advice to the letter. Banish, especially, the notion that intact LGD's do a better job when left intact. The exact opposite is true, as the need to breed will over ride 'guardianship'.
Very careful management of your young LGD is crucial. Ask this site about spay & neuter and training protocol and then, follow that advice to the letter.
Our neighbor did not and his male, once grown, was regularly found 25-30 miles away from home...still heading out, searching....having left his flock of goats to fend for themselves. Against all common sense, a spayed female was
brought in to encourage their intact male to stay home. So, he took her with him on his rambles.
Do not imagine this situation is either unusual or a one-of. It is nature.
Good luck with this. Research everything on this site as they are dedicated to your success with your LGD.

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