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Using livestock guardian dogs in Balkans

By O. Yilmaz, Y. E. Erturk, F. Coskun, M. Ertugrul

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Aim of this paper to review livestock guardian dogs in Balkan countries. Balkans consist of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia, and Turkey. In Balkans there are quite successful livestock guardian dogs including Akbash Shepherd in (Turkey), Bucovina Shepherd (Romania), Bulgarian Shepherd (Bulgaria), Carpatin Shepherd (Romania), Greek Shepherd (Greece), Karabash (Kangal) Shepherd (Turkey), Karaman Shepherd (Turkey), Kars (Caucasian) Shepherd (Turkey), Karst Shepherd (Slovenia), Koyun Shepherd (Turkey), Macedonian Karaman Shepherd (Macedonia), Mioritic Sheep (Romania), Sharplaninac (Kosovo/Macedonia), Tornjak (Bosna-Herzegovinia). In Balkan countries are generally developing countries in which livestock production is still crucial in their economics. Moreover geography of Balkans are mainly mountainous and forest areas. In those areas there are some predators such as bear, fox, jackal, lynx, and wolf. Those conditions create that livestock guardian dogs are necessary for livestock production in Balkans.

Publication Title Agriculture and Forestry
Volume 61
Issue 1
Pages 161-173
ISBN/ISSN 0554-5579
Language English
Author Address Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Animal Science, Canakkale University, Canakkale,
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  1. Albania
  2. Animal husbandry
  3. Animal production
  4. Animals
  5. Asia
  6. Balkans
  7. Bears
  8. Bosnia-Hercegovina
  9. Bulgaria
  10. Canidae
  11. Canine
  12. Carnivores
  13. Cats
  14. Developed countries
  15. Developing countries
  16. Dog Breeds
  17. Dogs
  18. Domestic animals
  19. Europe
  20. Foxes
  21. Greece
  22. Guard dogs
  23. jackals
  24. Kosovo
  25. Livestock
  26. Livestock farming
  27. Macedonia
  28. Mammals
  29. Mediterranean region
  30. Montenegro
  31. natural enemies
  32. OECD countries
  33. Pests.
  34. Pets and companion animals
  35. predation
  36. predators
  37. regions
  38. Romania
  39. Serbia
  40. Slovenia
  41. Turkey
  42. vectors
  43. vertebrates
  44. Wolves