Our faithful guardians, forever watching over what we love
Meet our livestock guardians... Gunner & Jazmin. Now that we have them, I don't know what we would do without them.
NEW LITTER OF PUPS BORN SEPT. 30TH, 2018
We had searched for a mixed LGD for a long time before we finally found our male Gunner in the summer of 2010 and he loves "his" Jazmin, the beautiful female LGD pup we found in mid Oct of 2010. Gunner is a Great Pyrenees/Maremma cross from a very large ranch in the mountains on the north peninsula above San Francisco. Jazi is a beautiful, full blooded Great Pyrenees we found locally in the mountains about a 40 minute drive from here. Both born in with goats from working parents they have a strong sense of protection for the miniature horses as well as the goats, peafowl & our free range guineas. Ehvah was a rescue I took in that needed a special home so we kept her! She is a full blooded AKC Great Pyrenees and looks just like Gunner.
Livestock Guardian Dog (LGD) breeds have been used for centuries to protect livestock from predators in Europe and Asia. The most well-known of these breeds in the United States are the Great Pyrenees, Anatolian Shepherds, Akbash and Maremma. Many also work as family and home guardians, and several are assistance dogs to their disabled owners, as they are sturdy enough to provide physical support. With the right socialization, training and physical environment, LGDs can be successful family pets and home protectors. They are generally aloof toward strangers and their size alone is rather intimidating. Though strong, independent-minded and protective, they are normally gentle with children and livestock alike. A common saying among LGD owners is "LGDs are like potato chips - you can't have just one". A range of temperaments can be found within the breeds. Some are better suited as remote pasture guardians where a daily routine is very constant, while some are good in situations where there is a high degree of variety. They may work well on a small farm, in a rural home, or as a city pet. Some may be found in the middle of New York City, others on the sprawling rangelands of Montana. There are enough variations between the breeds, and within members of a single breed, to provide a suitable dog for most situations.They need daily exercise and the daily discipline of a job to do. This can be provided on an open range, protecting livestock or in a suburban back yard, protecting a family. They have a long puppy-hood and adolescence, often not reaching maturity until 2-1/2 or 3 years of age. During that time, they need training, supervision and a human who is capable of assuming the "alpha" role in their pack.