I agree with Paul that "if you have acreage, a livestock guardian breed of dog is the way to go"
First let me say this~ we LOVE and ADMIRE our small pack of Pyrs that keep our livestock, gardens and fruittrees safe every day and night...We have NO problems with any sort of predators, not even a single deer or elk nibbling the young fruit trees... even though we're in an area with plenty of predators all around. I highly recommend these kind of dogs to people like us ....
These are not just any dog!
In our opinion, there's no more loving and beautiful solution than having Great Pyrenees in the farm family. Much more beautiful than fences everywhere....
That said, we have an unplanned large litter of Great Pyr/Mix puppies (5 weeks old) and we're looking for people with really great homes for them (when they're ready)...that's why I'm posting this here.
These puppies belong on small farms with really awesome loving people living authentic lives intertwined with the natural world....like permies people!
These puppies, while mixed, are still showing good LGD characteristics. It is our young female's first litter. The puppies are half neighbor's farm dog (large black lab-looking mutt). Most of them are white and Pyr-looking, a few black with white toes, and one chocolate brown. They are strong with luscious shiny coats. An important note~these dogs smell good! And their fur is nice to touch. They are all-around nice to have around.
These dogs are extremely sensitive and intelligent. They will look deeply into your eyes for a long time (the puppies already do this too) and you can communicate with them lovingly. They listen and respond. Punishment is unnecessary and not helpful. They may on occasion have a different idea than their people about what needs to be done...but we've discovered that Dog knows best~ and we've learned to give them their own lead. Indeed, Great Pyrenees have had this relationship with pastoral humans for a long time. For the small family farmer/rancher today, they KNOW what to do and they REALLY want to do it.
And, contrary to some opinions, we've discovered you CAN love them like family/pets and they will STILL do their job, better than ever actually.
Great Pyrenees are a huge blessing to those of us living on the land and raising food & livestock.
So, in light of who these puppies are ~and with consideration for the terrible fates that some puppies can and do meet by being traded online~ we are only willing to allow these puppies to go to good homes. If you or (someone you know) is interested, here's some questions we want to know: Do you have land? These are not house-dwellers or city dogs. Livestock? Other dogs? How/what will you feed them? What food crops do you grow? Where will they sleep? How will you treat them? Can you take the extra care it requires to raise a good dog from a puppy? Can you handle the chewing/chasing/playing phase followed by a brief and slightly willful adolescent phase? What about reproduction~or not? We care about our puppies! If you are interested, please email me at email@example.com with some information and a good time we can talk by phone.
In the meantime, I'd love to read about other people's experiences with LGDs on Permaculture farms....
We rescued a Pyr several years ago because the litter was found to have dwarfism. Fortunately the breeder was not one to drown puppies! He was born deaf and only reached about 50 pounds instead of his dads 150 pounds. He is a great dog, spoiled rotten and has learned an amazing about of sign language. Here is a picture of ours (attached). If anyone is thinking of adopting one of these pups, they are fabulous dogs with strong guard and intelligence traits.
Thanks for that story as well as your well wishes!
As it turns out, it seems the father of this litter is indeed our male Pyr....we assumed he was too young, (6 months) but apparently not totally.
...in some ways he was quite young and we're now thinking it could be why 2 of the 11 are so small compared to the rest.
They have all their senses and are quick and clever and can scrap with the big boys...but they are small....
This is quite the experience! It's fascinating to watch dogs in a natural environment raising their young.
The mama, papa and grandmother (our working pack) all work together to take care of the puppies~they keep a watchful eye 24/7, they play/fight with and discipline the puppies, run to see when one cries, and gently lick everyone to sleep....and they keep working throughout it all. The puppies admire and are quite aware of the adult dogs.
I'll see if I can attach a picture or two...
Thanks again to permies.com. You meet the nicest people here!
Definitely the kind of people who can love and appreciate Great Pyrenees.
It's people like you we're hoping will adopt these puppies~(maybe you have a friend in need of an LGD?)
Puppies will be ready in a week (around Jan 20)
May I ask, do you know for sure that your Pyr is the father? How do you know, and of which pups?
It looks to me like that lab got in there.
It is common for litters to have multiple fathers if the female is available to them.
I ask because my wife and I are moving onto our beautiful 40 acres soon to start our permaculture dreams outside of St. Helens, OR,
and we are definitely looking to give one or more pure bred Pyr's a loving and working home.