Sunday, March 19, 2017
First one died prematurely from getting out on the highway and the second one Sarah is doing great. Sarah is a very great live stock guardian dog. Sarah is now about 8 years old.
We adopted Lokum through a rescue in Southern IL called "Howlin 4 Help Rescue" which was working in conjunction with the Kangal Dog Club. Thanks to Jerry, Liz, Christine and Mary for making it a smooth transaction! All great folks to work with!
Lokum is 2 years old and apparently he was too much for his original owner to handle due to some unforeseen circumstances in her life being left as a single mother. Lokum does require a strong arm as he is 120lb to 125lb and has LOTS of energy.
We drove down to southern IL on Thursday picked him up on Friday and returned to northern WI Friday night.
Yesterday which was Saturday I took Lokum out several times and brought him in the house to meet the family and took him out for walks on a 6' leash. Took him for a long walk of just under a mile.
Today I did the same with several short walks brought him into the house for a couple short visits to see the family and one good long walk this time over 1 mile. We have 200 acres all together so can walk for miles and never leave our land.
On the long walk I had him on a 30' retractable lead which gave him a lot more exercise than yesterday on the short 6' leash where he mostly walked at heel the majority of time. With this 30' retractable lead he got lots of opportunity to run around and burn off some energy.
This is only the second full day here at our farm and he is already doing so well I think he will be a great asset to our operation.
Sarah turned out to be a fantastic dog but she is aging. Still doing great as a livestock guardian, but large dogs do not live terribly long so maybe we will have a few more good years with her so it is nice to have a younger dog on hand to move into her role once she is no longer as effective.
This is Sarah in the house for a visit just over a month ago.
Comparing Lokum to Sarah, Lokum is built way better in the way he is put together he moves way more fluidly than Sarah. And he is way more muscular with a bigger head and neck. Way more capable of going up against a predator if he had to. However the idea is that the deter the predator rather than go up against them toe to toe. I would never want any of my dogs to have to actually physically encounter a large predator like a wolf or bear but if it did happen I would want my dog to have a fighting chance.
Our first dog Arie had a nice build and moved with fluidity like Lokum. If I were breeding Kangal Dogs I would breed for good movement like that. On the other hand Sarah is great in that she isn't high energy and she is a real "home-body". She never tries the fences and never wants to be far from the livestock. Whenever I take her out for walks or a visit to the house she gets restless and wants to go back to the animals and her place. Time will tell if Lokum will turn into a "home-body" as well.
Arie was not a good LGD in that she was a hunter and very "gamey" she wanted to hunt everything that moved. That's what got her killed as I think she was out chasing deer. Looking back on it and having pondered what happened with her for years now I think Arie climbed out over one small portion of fence that was not electrified. It was about a 6' x 6' section that I never got around to putting electric fencing on because it was on the other side of a gate and connected to a building. Arie would have been a fantastic "hunting mastiff" one that someone could have taken wild boar hunting.
Well any way this post is mostly about Lokum, but with him being our 3rd Kangal I can't help but compare him to the others. It's only been a couple days now, but I think he's got the making of a great dog.
Posted by RL at 3:08 PM