Meet Richie and Tommy

Richie & Tommy are 8 weeks old

Richie and Tommy are our new Livestock Guardian Dog puppies.

They are full brothers even though they don’t look like it. Their breed is mixed: 3/4 Great Pyrenees and 1/4 Anatolian Shepherd. Their job on our mini-farm will be to live with, watch over and protect our goats, chickens and kitties from predators. Primarily coyotes. These will be VERY big boys when full grown.

They are wonderful, smart, sweet boys and their training started as soon as they arrived. It was easy. They met the free ranging chickens that roam the barn and yard. Next they met the barn kitties and our in-house German Shepherd, Zeussa. But first…a NAP!

Growing big and strong is hard work & requires lots of nap time!

They even got to star in their very own first youtube video already:

I didn’t really know anything about Livestock Guardian Dogs until we moved to the country and got goats. A livestock guardian dog is a dog type that has been bred (over many generations) for the purpose of protecting livestock from predators. Livestock guardian dogs stay with the group of animals they protect as a full-time member of the flock or herd.

The lady we purchased our first 4 goats from had two beautiful Great Pyrenees on her property and being a dog lover I was naturally curious. We’ve learned a lot about LGDs since then because coyotes and stray dogs are definitely a problem out here. We know that having these boys on the property will keep the predators at bay and our sweet chickens, goats and kitties safe.

Have you heard of Livestock Guardian Dogs before? They are so different in their temperament and behavior–and not just any dog can be trained to do that job.

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16 thoughts on “Meet Richie and Tommy”

  1. Hi Debra! Yes, you are so right. They are almost 12 weeks old and already showing how loyal and wonderful they are. They are super sweet and gentle with me and they are learning how to be gentle with my chickens, goats and the kitties too. Honestly, they are the best dogs ever (at least…for me). I love all animals and especially dogs, but these boys are just amazing. My neighbor has mules that also seem to be excellent in helping keep coyotes at bay. Thanks so much for taking time to comment. I appreciate it. How wonderful it must be to have cattle.

  2. They are beautiful and will be fiercely loyal and protectors.
    Also donkeys will keep cyotes at bay they are used here with cattle .

  3. Thank you Susan! I bet Maya is a gem for you. I can’t believe I never knew about these dogs before coming back to the country as an adult. They are amazing animals, gentle, sweet, loyal and protective. Sending you hugs & smiles from New Mexico, USA.

  4. Oh WOW! That is fantastic. Sounds like Quinn has helped during shelter in place too…even if sometimes challenging? I have fallen deeply in love with my little boys already. They are doing so much more than I thought they would this soon. Sending hugs and smiles from New Mexico, USA.

  5. Hey there, Sherry! Right?!!! I wish they could sleep in my bed, but they wouldn’t like that at all. They prefer being outside and doing their thing. Forcing them to be inside dogs would be torture to them. They have a great growing space inside the barn and lots of fluffy, clean straw. They are doing really well and are so happy. Smiles from New Mexico, USA.

  6. Hi Gillian! I have already purchased them and I am training them. They are doing beautifully. Today we did 2 perimeter walks, met the bucks/wether, met the does, met the other chickens and walked perimeters inside their paddocks. They were on my heels and checking things out respectfully the whole time. I’m confident they will be amazing as they proceed through their training. Hugs from New Mexico, USA!

  7. Hi, Tracy – Ritchie and Tommy are adorable. Do you have the option of purchasing them at the end of their training?

  8. Love them. We’ve had Pyrenes but at the moment have a pair of Akbash – turkish guard dogs. They are great. We have coyotes and ours keep them away. Beautiful pups

  9. they are so cute they would be sleeping in my bed, not out side. I know they have work to do. BUT!!!

  10. We have five Anatolian Shepherds over the years (all save one were rescues). Our current dog, Quinn who was given to National Anatolian Shepherds as a 15 month old without ANY training and never in a house. He has kept us busy during the shelter-in-place. Quinn is a handful, but in the end will be an outstanding dog with a loving personality. When live stock guardians are in a family, you become their flock as they watch over you.

  11. We have a rescue Great Pyrenees dog Maya. She is more of a city dog but fiercely loyal and so very sweet. Your pups are beautiful!

  12. Thank you Helen! Yes, they have jobs. But they are also very much loved and will be cared for more than most might think. They are so playful right now and I love cuddling them. Plus…puppy breath. Hope you have a great day!

  13. Oh my they are the cutest! I know they have ‘jobs ‘ and will be happiest when working but I couldn’t help but spoil and cuddle these guys!

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