Our old trusted farm dog, Chewey, who in his old age became blind and deaf wandered off a few weeks ago. He was very loved by our family, but I didn’t know how much his presence meant around the farm. Since he departed I have been seeing coyotes getting increasingly close to the main part of our farm. one sighting was less than 30 yards from our main barns. Even blind and deaf I now realize his presence and occasional bark kept the sneaky night thieves at a comfortable distance.
Well we decided we needed another dog to protect our farm. since we have a lot of different livestock, we wanted to get a livestock guard dog. There are many different breeds to choose from. We took into account stories from friends and their experiences with dog breeds that they like. We became particularly interested in the Great Pyrenees breed.
I searched on Craigslist for a couple of weeks doing some research on the average cost of a new puppy. I looked at the local humane society and a local shelter just for the chance I could help a one in need. I realized that in our part of the country this breed was a working dog in demand. Litters sold out fast, and ranged from $50 to $300. There were a few pure bred litters available, and there were a few Great Pyrenees crossed with other breeds available. A Face Book group post caught our attention, they had a Great Pyrenees and Anatolian Shepherd mixed litter that they were going to sell.
Now it was time to contact the seller. Trish happened to be going to the area where the litter was for sale the very next day, Perfect! She contacted the seller to find a time to meet and look at the puppies and the puppy’s parents. It is always a good idea to inspect the location and get a feel for the temperament of the parents. Since we wanted a livestock farm dog, this farm had pigs, chickens, goats, cows, and cats. This early introduction to animals on the farm allows the puppies to understand what animals are good and need protecting, and what animals should not be there. Also, seeing the temperament of the parents will give you an idea if the puppy could be a good fit on your farm.
Trish was impressed with the farm that had the puppies for sale, and the parents of the puppies seemed to be the type of dog that we would want our puppy to grow up to be. Now it was time to pick a puppy. The only request I had was for her to try to get the biggest puppy she could, and she could go from there. She had her eye on two male pups from the start, but eventually picked our new little guard dog, Max.
We haven’t had a puppy for quite a while and we have forgotten the mischief and fun the get themselves into. We are thoroughly enjoying our new addition to Burnin R Farms. And we are exited to see how “Max” grows and learns as the time passes.