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!
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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