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Here's some information on two mailing lists that I own, which are sponsored by L-Soft International.

LGD-L (Livestock Guardian Dog Discussion List)
Help with LGD-L Topics

Anatolian-L (Anatolian Shepherd Dog Discussion List)

Searching Archives -using Email or the Web Interface
Acronyms and Emoticons -what do they mean?


General Information: Users Manual for Listmembers
How to use Listserv mailing lists
. . . for Beginners
and Internet Savvy Users!


If you are interested in LGD RESCUE - Take a look at the LGD Rescue Point of Contacts Page

Hope you find some of this information helpful. The following info is stored as the INFO files for each list respectively.

Janice Frasche


Information on the Livestock Guardian Dog Mailing list

Livestock Guardian Dog Discussion List - LGD-L

*** What is LGD-L? ***

LGD-L is an electronic mailing list dedicated to the concerns of the owners of Livestock Guarding Dogs (LGDs) also known as Flock Guardians or Livestock Protection Dogs. Fanciers, current and prospective owners of LGD breeds are welcome! It is important to understand the concept of TOPICs and how they work, to get the most out of the LGD-L list.

If you have a question you want to see discussion on, just post to the list. Be sure to use a TOPIC correctly to reach the people you want.

The list is intended to function as an open and positive forum on subjects pertaining to LGDs and their issues. Topics that are discussed on this list include training of working and/or companion dogs, problem solving, rescue issues, show announcements, brags, stories, and legislative issues pertaining to these dogs.

*** What are LGDs? ***

Livestock Guarding Dogs (LGDs) or Flock Guardians have been used in many Old World countries for thousands of years. There are many breeds or varieties that have evolved that are remarkably alike in size appearance, basic temperament, and coat color.

The basic work of an LGD is to protect livestock from predators. They are *not* herding or hunting dogs. They serve a special niche in the world of working dogs. They tend to be quite independent, and are usually considered large or giant in size, depending on the size of the predators of the region(s) of origin.

Generally, their working character and independence places special demands of responsibility on their owners. Many dog owners would be happier with any one of the modern breeds that have been developed for their obedience aptitudes rather than an LGD. These dogs are just not for everyone.

Many breeds have been used as flock guardians but have evolved into another working capacity. The American Indians developed strains of multipurpose dogs that were used for livestock guardians in addition to other uses, such as draft work.

The following is an incomplete list of several Old World LGDs and their countries (or geographic regions) of origin. Many of these breeds are still used as LGDs in their native lands and some continue to work here in the US. Many breeds are now rare even in the country of origin.

Czechoslovakia
Slovak Cuvac
France
Great Pyrenees
Greece
Greek Sheepdog
Hungary
Komondor
Kuvasz
Italy
Maremma Sheepdog
Morocco
Chien de l'Atlas
Poland
Owczarek Podhalanski
Portugal
Cao de Castro Laboreiro
Estrela Mountain Dog
Rafeiro do Alentejo
Rumania
Rumanian Sheepdog
Russia
Caucasian Owtcharka
Middle Asian Owtcharka
South Russian Owtcharka
Spain
Pyrenean Mastiff
Spanish Mastiff
Perro de Pastor Mallorquin
Tibet
Tibetan Mastiff
Turkey
Akbash Dog
Anatolian
Kangal Dog
Yugoslavia
Karst Shepherd
Sharplaninac

Source: Atlas of Dog Breeds, Wilcox and Walkowicz, TFH Publications


Other info on LGDs:

Please see the LGD.ORG site maintained by Catherine de la Cruz  for an excellent source of information about LGDs.

LGD-L Livestock Guardian Dog site


Livestock Owners and other list members:

** NOTE **

If the volume of mail seems high to you, or you are only interested in posts about working dogs and behavior, for example --

  • You may want to adjust the TOPICS to reflect your needs and ability to handle the email volume.

  • Please see the section on TOPICS or in the Welcome email that you get after you join.

  • You can also get several types of DIGESTs and can get your list mail in INDEX form as well.

  • Additionally you can set the list to NOMAIL, and just read and post from the archives when you have time.

  • To do any of the settings above--go to the listserver archives, sign in with your own password, and adjust your settings.

  • If still frustrated, please contact the list owner specifying which topics you want set for your LGD-L mail.


*** How to SUBSCRIBE to LGD-L ***

To SUBSCRIBE to LGD-L, send email to: LISTSERV@APPLE.EASE.LSOFT.COM
In the body of the message include the following line:

SUBSCRIBE LGD-L yourfirstname yourlastname

Example for someone named Kemal Ataturk:.

SUBSCRIBE LGD-L Kemal Ataturk

It's best to disable sigs while subscribing
for if  your email program adds a sig, unfortunately that sig will be added to your name
so your request to join the list may be refused until you correct that.


*** HOW TO Send Mail to THE LIST ***

To send mail to the list, either reply to a message and check that it is addressed to LGD-L@APPLE.EASE.LSOFT.COM

Be sure to use topics


*** HOW TO GET OFF THE LIST ***

To UNSUBSCRIBE from LGD-L, send email to: LISTSERV@APPLE.EASE.LSOFT.COM
In the body of the message include the following line:

SIGNOFF LGD-L


Send any questions about this list to Principal List-Owner:

Janice Frasche'
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