One of the biggest challenges we found living on our farm, were the predator issues. Our predators include coyotes, foxes, raccoons, opossums, and hawks. After a year on the farm, and countless losses, we decided to get a pair of Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGD). An LGD is a dog bred for the purpose of protecting livestock from predators. These dogs are independent, brave, and very intelligent. They bond with their livestock at an early age and spend all of their time with their herd.
There are quite a few LGD breeds, so we did our research before selecting the Karakachan. What sealed the deal was meeting the dogs and seeing them in action. This breed tends to wander and bark less than some LGD breeds. The breed is originally from Bulgaria, recently being imported into the United States.