Toby, the duck-guarding dog

Finally—d*gs do something good for waterfowl besides scaring them. Here we have a maremma (technically known as the Maremmano-Abruzzese Sheepdog) who spends his days guarding ducks). These dogs are best known as sheep guardians,  but they do a terrific job with ducks. Or at least Toby does.

From Gold Shaw Farm, we have these terse YouTube notes for a 15-minute video.

Let me tell you the story of our farm dog, Toby. He is a maremma who guards the ducks on our farm.

h/t: Reese


  1. GBJames
    Posted August 24, 2020 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Who’s a good dog?

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted August 24, 2020 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Good video for educating. Dogs that serve a purpose and are not house pets.

    I know something about what happens when you have animals such as ducks or chickens. When I was a kid, many years ago, my grandparents had lots of chickens on the farm. Everything wants your chickens so you really have to keep them locked in and watch them all the time for predators. Having a dog like Toby is the way to go.

  3. Posted August 24, 2020 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Toby looks a fine puppy dog. Uplifting video.

  4. Taz
    Posted August 24, 2020 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    The same breed of dog is used to guard Fairy Penguins.

    (Like the writer of this story, I’m going with the original name)

    Originally known as fairy penguins, before some pen-pusher deemed that politically incorrect, they’ve now been given the far more dreary sounding title of little penguins.

  5. rickflick
    Posted August 24, 2020 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    I’d never heard of the Maremmano. Seems like a winner.

  6. ladyatheist
    Posted August 24, 2020 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Geese teeth?!??!!

  7. Posted August 24, 2020 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Great video. Such a sharp picture too. But those geese teeth are scary.

  8. Serena
    Posted August 25, 2020 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    A life in nature … snow, ducks and a fantastic dog.

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