“Silk Road” Rare LGD Breeds are rare Livestock Guardian Dogs that originate from regions along the Old Silk Road and its branches in Central Asia and west into the Northern Mediterranean. Livestock Guardian Dogs are dogs that were developed thousands of years ago in Central and/or Western Asia to protect sheep and goats from predators such as wolves, bears, and jackals (a relative of the North American Coyote). LGDs are still used today across the world from far eastern China/Mongolia, Continue Reading
The Pound Sterling Puppies, our rescue litter, are now ready to start the adoption process and will need their final series of shots and spay/neutering. They are growing amazingly fast and are rambunctious and feisty. Luckily they are not eating as much as they were 2 months ago. The litter as a whole had been eating over SEVENTEEN POUNDS of food a day (+70 cups over two meals) but now are down to only (lol) Eleven Pounds a day plus Continue Reading
A Companion Dog that is not suitable for LGD Work. Hala (Arabic/Turkish for Moon Halo, Moonlight, Moon rainbow) is an approximately 4-year-old female Central Asian Ovcharka (Russian for Shepherd. Regionally they are known as Alabai). The CAO are a very ancient Livestock Guardian Dog breed that originates from what most know as the old southern U.S.S.R., that area between the Ural Mtns, Caspian Sea, Afghanistan, and the Northwest border of China comprising of countries often referred to as "The Stan Countries" Continue Reading
Omar is still undergoing training and socialization and is NOT currently available for adoption. Omar is an approximately 5-year-old Central Asian Ovcharka that stands over 32" tall and weighs in at a whopping 185lbs (vet weight). He is the perfect example of this breed not being the dog for the average pet owner. His family purchased him sight unseen from an East Coast breeder and had no clue what they were getting into. He grew up believing that he needed Continue Reading
Anoush has been batting what appeared to be a yeast/fungal skin infection. This is a common issue every spring for some of our dogs and two other rescues also acquired it. The skin infection was treated identically in all three dogs: two of which responded normally to treatment. However, poor Anoush’s infection has resisted all forms of treatment. After seemingly healing the issue, within 12 hours after removing her cone, we’d find another eruption and Anoush, having gnawed her skin Continue Reading
Silk Road Rare Livestock Guardian Dog (LGD) Breed Rescue is still in the process of being formed and is currently only taking in dogs on a space-available basis. 501C3 designation pending.
Silk Road Rare LGD Breed Rescue (SRRLGDBR) is a California based rare giant breed rescue organization focused on Livestock Guardian Dog Breeds (LGDs). The idea for it was born out of the closure of the only LGD rescue group in the western U.S. actively working with rare LGD breeds, the now inactive Great Pyrenees Rescue of Northen California (GPRNC). Prior to 2015, the board members of GPRNC were some of the only dog rescue people in the state that knew anything about the more rare LGD breeds so had begun to be called by shelters that had these dogs come into their facilities. Shelter workers would look up a dog like a “Caucasian Mountain Dog” on YouTube and be shocked by some of the videos showing extremely aggressive dogs. In more than one case, this led to a mildly protective or reactive rare breed dog being put down. In other cases, as the dog appeared to be placable but knowing they needed the right homes, the shelters would reach out to GPRNC for help. When GPRNC became inactive, that was no longer an option.
With the growth in the Slavic immigrant population in Californa, as well as the rise in the interest in Livestock Guardian Dogs, has come an influx of rare breed dogs that originated along the old Silk Road and the need for a rescue dedicated to them, as well as actual working Livestock Guardian Dogs. As the rare LGD Breeds can be considered more “primitive” and less social than “traditional” western dogs and thus not as easy to work with, they have begun to show up more and more in local shelters, rescue groups and online “free” pages. People are buying these dogs without having a clue about them, their traits and peculiarities and this can lead to problems, some serious.
The founders of SRRLGDBR began taking in dogs in 2015 but are just beginning the process of establishing a 501C3 California Non-Profit Rescue organization. The goal of SRRLGDBR is to educate the public about these dogs, to keep these dogs out of the homes of people that are not ready for them, to try and keep the breeds out of shelters and other potentially dangerous situations, and to rehabilitate and find homes whenever possible for those that need it.
Silk Road Rescue uses and recommends the techniques of Dr. Sophia Yin DVM. We receive no compensation for this endorsement.
Silk Road Rare LDG Breed Rescue is NOT currently a non-profit. However, ALL gifts/donations go to help the dogs. Currently there is a need for dog food, dog biscuits and help with vet costs
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