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Bedouin Shepherd Dog
The medium to large Bedouin Shepherd Dog represents a history and lifestyle that is likely coming to an end in the face of modern pressures.  Never recognized as a breed per se, the dogs have for times untold been the watchers and helpers of the Nomads of the Sahara desert.  Their relationship is less one of what most of us would think of but rather, the definition of symbiosis.  Both are benefited by the relationship with minimal direct interaction. The dogs serve as herders and guardians to the flocks and camps.  In exchange, they receive the few scraps from the Shepherds' table as well as the opportunities that come from being near food and water sources that the Nomads visit.
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General Information
Group(s): Herding Height: 23 inches or more
Weight: 50 pounds and up Longevity: low teens
Colors: black Coat type: short and harsh
Recognized Registries: none presently
Overall Appearance: With two variations, the smaller being the herding and guardian of the flock while the larger being a camp protector. Ideal for desert life with hard muscling, long limbs relative to size and stamina of extraordinary proportions.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: high
General Nature: extremely difficult, considered feral by most
  with Children: unreliable
  with other pets: unreliable
  with dogs: unreliable
Socialization requirements: exceptional and not likely to be entirely successful
Ideal home characteristics: Nomadic life in the Sahara
Temperament Notes: As an animal that is capable of addressing its own needs in partnership with the nomads of the Sahara the Bedouin Shepherd is ideally equipped. This same would not be suitable for other more populated environments.
Training requirement: Minimal in its natural environment.
Trainer notes: A fundamental aspect of successful dog training is the dog's natural (and encouraged) inclination to look to others for all important things (to the dog) including food, attention and play.  The Beduoin Shepherd Dog is not entirely wired in the same way, without the advantage of that natural drive for those things we can offer, developing an enthusiastic partner from the Bedouin Shepherd Dog, when their own independence leaves them with minimal requirements from us would be foolish and cruel to the dog.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: likely ancient
Country of Origin: African continent
Original Function: herding/protection
History: Specifically unknown, but the dogs and their ancestors have been an indispensible help in the Saharan Nomadic way of life. As that lifestyle is threatened with extinction, the dogs will disappear as well.
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