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Is this something instinctual for mini donkeys to protect goats or is it something that requires training? What about dogs? Is there a special training to teach them how to protect the goats? Do mini donkeys need other mini donkeys as companions? If you know of where I can find out more info, I'd appreciate it.

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Mini donkeys just go after dogs/predators, it doesn't need to be taught. I know a lady who had two mini donkeys and one big donkey. No dog was safe if they weren't in their paddock. They chased this lady's dog right into her car and almost jumped into the car after it! :shocked: My miniature horse who was turned out with them also learned to go after dogs from them. So now she attacks any and all dogs around. lol

The mini donkey's don't need companions in you have them turned out with goats. :)
 

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Wow, that's something else that the donkeys go after dogs. I love mini donkeys and what a great excuse to get one. That is a funny story about the donkey almost jumping in the car! I would have loved to see it!
 

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not every donkey is a good protector though - mine have chased off dogs, but have also chased off a newborn goat and killed it - or have gone after a pygmy goat that they though shouldn't be in with them and will swing them around like a dishcloth. I have also had them chase my babydoll sheep and almost scalped one by grabbing it on top of its head.
I no longer keep small animals in with my donkeys - they're with miniature horses and llamas.
 

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it is my jenny that snapped the neck on a baby goat; and last year my billy goat got into their pasture by mistake, and again the jennies were trying to kill it - I have no jack. Just no guarantee on using donkeys as guard animals.
 

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We also had a mini donkey and she was aggressive with our goats especially since they are really not supposed to have very much grain. It was hard to keep her from the goats food. She would kick at the goats and I was afraid she would step on a small kid. We ended up getting rid of her. Our llama was fine with goats except he and our Nubians couldn't get along. He would spit at them. They were tall enough to reach his grain and that bothered him. I do not believe he could have protected against a pack of dogs either so we now have Great Pyrs. Luckily we were able to get a trained 6 month old the first time and she came ready to work absolutely no problems ever. We've had her 6 years. Now we have a new pyr pup and we have to introduce her slowly.
 

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Hmmm. I guess like any other animal, you have to be careful. Thanks for your input.

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if you are going to purchase any animal, dog, llama or donkey - to be a guard for your goats it needs to have grown up with goats. Don't expect just because your friends donkey or dog was a good guard yours will be to. It needs to be trained and the best training is by its parent/s as it grows up.
 

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Donkeys always seem to be so iffy with me, some will protect them while others will try and kill the goats. If you can buy one that is young and raise it with the goats, or buy one that is already used to being with goats that would be the best.

Personally though, I prefer dogs. We have 3 great pyrenees and one german shepherd and they are great protectors. We bought Cindy our oldest pyr as a trained adult and she is great with the goats. Bandit we bought as a puppy, he is part anotolian so we have had problems with him but he is getting better. I think because he is a boy he is stupider, when he was a puppy he liked to chase kids(and sometimes still does) I'd punish him but it took him a long time to stop. Our newest pyr Pearl is a really good dog, she was raised with goats and she is probably the best pyr we've had yet. She is so great with the goats, if a goat is getting picked on by the other goats, she'll stand or sit by it so the other goats leave her alone :)
 

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I think dogs would be better for me. I've read some about the Great Pyrenees. Do they live out with the goats all the time? Can they also be pets? That's good advice to make sure they grow up with goats.

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Ditto what Stacey said. Bandit somehow got made into a pet *glares at stupid brother* so he really doesn't want to guard the goats as much as he does us.

What I like to do is if you get an adult pyr that has or has not been with goats(rescues are good for guards too) make a pen for them inside or just outside the goat pen and make them stay in there for two weeks(letting them out to go potty of course) Eventually something just 'clicks' with them and they realize that these goats are their job to protect. Also, whenever you get a new dog, a couple times a day put it on a leash and walk around the perimeter of your property, tell them this where they are supposed to guard. When you initially let them out they will run away, always do :roll: Find them, bring them back, give them a good scolding and a smack on the rump and they usually know they have to stay home. Girls are better about this than boys.

With puppies, as soon as you get your puppy put it in a pen inside the goat pen, or put it in the pen with the goats, but have a creep feeder type thing where he/she can get away from the goats. When your puppy gets into that playful/eating/biting stage, you have to be sure that you discipline. Smack them and scold them, be firm about it and let them know that it is NOT ok do do that.

They can be pets to a certain point, but you shouldn't let them in your house. Pyrenees will generally be nice to their master, but other than they that will not like strangers, not to the point that they will bite them or anything like that, but they just avoid them when they are around. Our pyrenees sense when people are not nice, they will growl at the person or literally shake when they walk by them. I remember shortly after we got goats, there was a big storm and my grandma was out to look at the damage. We were on another part of the farm and she wanted to see the goats. Cindy absolutely would not let her near the goats, grandma said she just stood there growling at her. She was doing her job :)
 

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That is all great information. My husband and I are talking about getting something to protect our goats. I love dogs and we will probably go that direction. How are donkeys and dogs with free-grange chickens?

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I don't know about donkeys but the puppies aren't very good with chickens. THe adult dogs will growl and chase the chickens to get them away from their food. With puppies, it is VERY important to discipline them when they start eating chickens. Bandit was the hardest to break, if I ever caught him, I'd grab him by the scruff and throw him on the ground(I know it sounds bad but boy dogs you really really have to get the message through to them) and just yell at him and spit in his face. It took a couple times but eventually he stopped eating chickens. He just chases them away from his food now.
 

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goathappy I see where you are going
Some guard animals arent taught right by not being handled firmly. They need a good whack for them to realise they did something wrong
My friend Staffy doesnt feel it when you hit her so you gotta do it hard lol
 

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our pyrenees (female) is wonderful with the chickens, she will let them climb all over her, like theyre giving her a massage! but with newborns she is iffy, because she licks them alot, and they get wet, and the doe doesnt like it very much, but she was literally born with the goats, llamas, pigs etc.
 

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Q here: Is there a need for the dog (we have one guard dog) to be in the pasture with the goats? (we live up in the mountains, so we have all sorts of wild life around--- including wolves, bears and panthers.) Is one guard dog enough for about roughly 8 goats? :)
 
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