How you manage your livestock (i.e. with herding dogs, with a feed bucket or by keeping them in corrals) should factor into the decision on an LGD.
They can successfully work together however, like all things dog, I do think it comes down to the individual dogs and the experiences / conditioning. I find that some LGD’s act more possessively of their stock than others just as some stock dogs work more aggressively that others.
I move my sheep frequently, so the stock dogs are a regular occurrence for my LGD’s, as is moving with the flock. I’ve been privileged to watch some fascinating interactions with stock dogs and LGD’s; not all of which are pleasant by my view, but still equally fascinating.
If they are upset by the stock dog, the LGD’s at my place will interfere in different ways. Willow will interfere by running and physically getting in the way of the stock dog and she’ll be vocal about it. My white dogs rarely have issue with the stock dogs though. The Anatolians have had issues, however only to one dog in particular and there is reason for them to have issue with this particular dog. They have attacked him once and held him off another time. Friends dogs are another story, in that case we contain the Anatolians.
The LGD’s do not like to be surprised by the stock dogs.
When I get this flock into a holding pen I like to remove the LGDs, especially if there will be stock dogs working. The LGD’s don’t appreciate getting bumped around by sheep and can get grumpy.
For training stock dogs I have a group of sheep and typically no LGD is with that group. Untrained stock dogs who are just learning cause more upset for the LGD’s.
There are different types of LGDs and different types of herding dogs. Respect what both working dogs are there for and the temperaments of each. Because I manage my flock with stock dogs I don’t seek out particularly hot headed LGD’s (the Anatolians are hot enough). How the herding dog works and/or how you allow it work also comes into play.
If you care to, you can read a bit more about the topic here: Flock Guardian and the Herding Dog
I have a series of photos to share in a later post. For now I must get back to my newsletter.