Our AKC registered Great Pyrenees are wonderful livestock guardian dogs and family pets
|Early on we lost a lot of chickens to foxes, especially hungry mamas in the spring who were very bold and not scared of people. We lost all but two of our first flock of ducks to a pack of coyotes in a matter of seconds. I have also heard bobcats in the area and neighbors have seen black bears on occasion. The hawks sometimes circle the sky over our chickens for days on end, hoping the dogs will let down their guard.|
Since we began having our Great Pyrenees livestock guardian dogs roaming the property, we have rarely lost any animals to predators.* They are protective and very loving and learn to watch over any animal that we introduce to them and show them is ours to take care of, which now also includes a mini-cow, sheep, pigs, turkeys and a rabbit that sometimes runs all over the place!
Great Pyrenees are also wonderful family pets. Our dogs are extremely gentle and tolerant of children’s antics. When bonded to their humans, they will protect them as well as livestock. For example, if I go out to lock the chicken coops after dark, the dogs escort me and take up positions around me until I finish.
Having our livestock guardian dogs has completed our homestead and given us the freedom to raise a variety of poultry without fear of constant predator loss. We can even enjoy outings without racing against sunset to get home and lock the chicken coops.
We hope to contribute to the future of the Great Pyrenees breed, and help ensure that these amazing dogs are available to farms and families who can partner with them and their unique abilities. We love to talk about Pyrs, so feel free to get in touch with any questions you have!
*Unfortunately, we do occasionally lose some chickens to arial predators, since our most avid foragers roam far from the dogs, but 5-6 birds out of 100 or more is far better than they would fare without the dogs!