Cinco Deseos Ranch

Livestock Guardian Dogs

Est. 2009 - Brenda M. Negri  ​

Coming Later this Year: My book, 

The Way of The Pack:

Understanding and Living With

Livestock Guardian Dogs


Self-taught writer, internationally published author and long time rancher Brenda M. Negri earned a living horseback for many years as a working buckaroo on several huge cattle and sheep ranch operations in the 1970’s and 1980’s in Nevada, California, Oregon and Idaho. It was then she was first exposed to Livestock Guardian Dogs used by Basque sheepherders who would pass through the ranches she worked on with their bands of sheep. Working for the famous Nevada, California and Idaho based Marvel Ranches family cattle and sheep ranching dynasty, she spent some time with world-renowned horse trainer, Tom Dorrance. His teachings deeply influenced her training and rearing methods with Livestock Guardian Dogs. She is a devotee of European dog authority and trainer Turid Rugaas and was the first American LGD breeder and trainer to promote Rugaas’ books and the use and understanding of canine body language with LGDs. 

Negri’s papers and articles on working Catahoula Leopard Dogs; the desolate and tough ranch life of big outfit buckaroos; and numerous articles on Livestock Guardian Dogs, have been in print internationally for 40 years in numerous publications including Dog World Magazine, El Mundo del Perro (Spain), Western Horseman, Molosser Magazin (Germany), Sheep! Magazine, Western Ag Reporter, Acres USA, Dairy Goat Journal, Goat Rancher, Working Ranch Magazine, Countryside, Backyard Poultry, RANGE Magazine, Nevada Rancher, Farm Show, The Shepherd, Western Ag Reporter, Goat Journal Magazine, The Akbash Sentinel, and others. Her Catahoula Leopard dog Clem was used as the breed example in The Atlas of Dog Breeds of The World. Several of her papers on LGDs were included in the 2016 French published book by renowned French LGD expert Mathieu Mauries, Le Montagne des Pyrenees. Negri and her dogs have been profiled in articles in RANGE Magazine, Working Ranch Magazine, Ranch World Ads, Cowboy Ethics, Kurt Markus’ book Buckaroo: Images from the Sagebrush Basin, and The Nevada Rancher. 

Her ranch and dogs were featured in an multi award-nominated 2012 short film, Working on Common Ground: Livestock Guardian Dogs, produced by Conservation Media and People and Carnivores. To date it remains the most watched film on LGDs ever produced. Her dogs and training methods are featured in three Dogumentary TV specials on You Tube. Since 2009 her ranch-based licensed Livestock Guardian Dog kennel has produced LGDs who, along with their progeny, are working in over 80% of the country and in two Canadian provinces. 

Negri served as a consultant to the American Sheep Industry owned insurance company’s Working Dog Liability Insurance program. She authored it’s Loss Prevention Manuals and assisted in creating and implementing the ground breaking program in 2015 and 2016. She has served as an expert witness on a high profile trial involving Livestock Guardian Dogs. 


Negri served as a consultant to the American Sheep Industry owned Working Dog Liability Insurance program (https://workingdogliabilityinsurancedotcom.wordpress.com) and was responsible for writing it’s Loss Prevention Manuals and assisted in creating and implementing the ground breaking program in 2015 and 2016. She has served as an expert witness on a high profile trial involving Livestock Guardian Dogs.


Negri, 63, is semi-retired and resides on her Cinco Deseos Ranch in Northern Nevada outside of Winnemucca. She has a popular consulting service to help LGD owners with their questions and training issues.