Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGD)
Sorry - we lost our beloved female and no longer breed these dogs.
Our livestock guardian dogs are a mix of Great Pyrenees and Anatolian Shepherd (50/50) for that perfect blend of friendliness, less roaming, and less barking (note, I said less, not none!). They are a great fit for both small farms with fewer animals, as well as large acreage with large herds of livestock. Since we are on small acreage with only a handful of goats, they also protect our poultry, cats, pugs, and us; so we like to call them simply "The Guardians". They protect our property from raccoons, foxes, deer, coyotes, mt lions, bears, and any other threat to our animals.
Our puppies are raised around goats, chickens, dogs, cats, and people from day 1.
Prospective buyers should get on the waitlist as litters are often sold before they are born (button above). There is no cost for this. When the puppies are born we will discuss what you are looking for in a dog and help you find a good fit. If you do not have any other dogs I do not recommend you get the puppy before 12-14 weeks of age. This is a very important time for the dog to learn how to be a dog from it's parents and littermates.
See below for pricing and ages.
LGD are very different than other breeds of dogs. For thousands of years they were bred to be out 24/7 with livestock in remote areas often with no people around. They are very independent thinkers and instinctively know how best to handle situations. Note, this may be different than what you think would be the best! All training must be done with their instincts in mind. Food and praise only go so far with these dogs. In addition to instincts, they learn by mimicking older dogs. If you do not have an older dog, you must be this older dog. You must show them how to act around your animals. You can not throw a puppy out with livestock and expect it to know what to do. They have instincts that will guide them but they also may need to be taught proper behavior when they are young. They are puppies after all. Even though we expose our puppies to chickens from day 1, this does not mean you can immediately throw them out with your chickens with no supervision. It only means they have begun to learn to protect the birds, but they will hit an age where they will play with the chickens and possibly kill one or two. They must be supervised until you are confident they know how to act. Do not be surprised if around 18mo they forget all their training. This is the teenage years for a dog and they will push the boundaries again. After 2 you will have a reliable dog. Please do your research on owning one of these dogs before purchasing. I can help with that as well, but the more info you arm yourself with the better. Facebook has a great group about positive training methods with a lot of great files. Be wary of other groups, there is a lot of drama and mean people in the other groups.
The best training a puppy can receive is from an adult LGD. For those that don't have an older LGD, we give the option of having us keep a puppy longer to allow our LGDs to give a good head start on this valuable training. If you want us to keep a puppy longer, the full price must be paid at the time you reserve the puppy at 6 weeks old. Again 12-14 weeks is the youngest age I suggest getting a puppy if you do not have another dog. It may seem like it's not worth the extra cost, but believe me it is. What you save on food costs will pay for the extra learning your puppy will receive.
Please note that we do not vaccinate any of our dogs under 14 weeks of age. There is a lot of current research to support this age and modified vaccination schedule. If your dog stays with us past this age you will have the choice for us to vaccinate or not. We do not force vaccinations for those that want to wait, do a modified schedule, or see their own vet (or any other reason). For more info on this topic see https://ivcjournal.com/vaccine-antibody-responses/ and many others if you google "dog vaccination research".