Livestock Guarding Dogs

Look at Nahanni Now

  • by Cheetah Conservation Fund Canada February 5, 2023
Look at Nahanni Now

Four year old Lisboa-Bella, CCF’s largest Livestock Guarding Dog, gave birth to her first litter of puppies in July 2021.  We in Canada were granted naming rights to one of them, and following a  puppy naming contest, the adorable puppy (previously known as Blue) was named Nahanni.


Young Livestock Guarding Dogs
PUPPIES: Some of Lisboa Bella's 8 puppies
Nahanni @ 3 months of age, October 2021.

Nahanni will grow up to be one of CCF’s breeding females, like her mother, keeping the strong blood line going.  We’ve been following her progress ever since.

Calum O’Flaherty, CCF’s Livestock Guarding Dog & Small Stock Manager, has his hands full on-site with the many breeding dogs and their offspring.  The Anatolian Shepherd litter size can range from 1-14 puppies, and CCF averages 7-8 per new litter.

Here’s the December 2021 Update on Nahanni:


And here’s the latest update on Nahanni, from December 2022:

She and her mother get along extremely well, are inseparable and are housed together as you can see in the picture at the top of this page.  Nahanni will be two this year, but as of yet she is too young to breed. She’ll undergo a complete physical assessment later this year before entering into the Livestock Guarding Dog Program as a breeding female.

Nahanni as a 1 1/2 year old (December 2022)
Nahanni as a 1 1/2 year old (December 2022)

The Livestock Guarding Dog Program was first introduced by CCF Namibia in 1994, and has been one of their most successful programs to help save the wild cheetah. This non-lethal predator control method has helped farmers to understand that humans and wildlife can co-exist, and has resulted in many fewer cheetah deaths. Since the LGD program began, more than 650 dogs have been placed in Namibia, South Africa and Tanzania.

Most farmers report an 80% to 100% reduction in livestock kills by cheetahs and other predators.

Through the generosity of Canadian donors, we have been able to provide significant funding support to CCF Namibia’s Livestock Guarding Dog Program. Each dog costs CCF over $1,000 a year in care covering training, food, vaccinations and new owner support.

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