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  • Two Months Old! And the dogs receive a gift

    The youngest of our pups turn two months this week! A lot goes in to becoming a livestock guardian dog, and they’re already on their way. As you can see in some of previous posts, all of the pups are kept in the same enclosure with sheep and goats from

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  • Future Livestock Guardians

    One of the best parts of working on MBDP is getting to see the whole process of Bankhar being born, growing up, developing their personalities, bonding with livestock, and transforming from small, delicate pups into strong, healthy, intelligent adults. Certainly humans have had an age-old bond with dogs, and I

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  • Meet Blondie

    Name: Blondie Sex: Female Height (cm/inches) : 65/25.6 Weight (kilos/lbs): 38.1/84 Meaning of Name: She has lighter coloring than the traditional bankhar coat Approximate age: ~7 years Bred with: Bred with Baavgai 2016 Personality: Blondie is large and in charge – she has a alpha personality She has a lot of energy

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  • Meet Spork

    Name: Spork Sex: Female Height (cm/inches) : 64/25.2 Weight (kilos/lbs): 30.4/67 Meaning of Name: a very useful hybrid utensil Approximate age: ~7 years Personality: Spork loves to play and be pet, even with strangers If you sit on the ground with her, she liked to cuddle and insists that you scratch her

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  • Roads and Kingdoms – The Return of the Guardian Dogs of the Steppes

    BY ANNE BAILEY AND SHANE THOMAS MCMILLAN with Roads and Kingdoms The question seems pretty straightforward. “Could we film your dogs while they’re guarding the sheep?” But herder Nergui Batdelger looks hesitant. These are working dogs, she reminds us. Their first social interactions as puppies were with sheep. They’ve grown up alongside

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  • Animal Planet

    “Dogs: The Untold Story” featuring one of our Bankhar dogs is premiering tomorrow night in the United States with two parts of a four part series. It is showing at 9pm and 11pm on Animal Planet (Parts “Stronger Together” and “Wild Workers”). The documentary contains a segment on one of

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