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  • Pyrenees farm dogs
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    04-15-2012, 03:07 PM
Breeds of your farm dogs.

I am considering an anatolian shepherd, a livestock guardian dog, to patrol the perimeter of my lot and protect my horses..(mostly from 2 legged predators)I do not live on the property and have heard about horses being stolen or let loose or whatever.

Anyone have an anatolian or pyrenees?

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    04-15-2012, 03:17 PM
Green Broke
My friends used to breed pyrenees dogs and they were the biggest sweethearts if the knew you if not you best watch out especially their big male. One problem is they havr such thick fur that if you are in a warmer climate they can easily be hit with heatstroke, this was not a problem with my friends as they had a large pond the dogs would go soak in if they got too hot. They were great guard dogs though they covered over 200 goats 100 head of sheep a few llamas and horses as well.
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    04-15-2012, 03:20 PM
Green Broke
One story of their bravery one of the males took on one of the neighbors cattle dogs trying to attack the goats he died protecting them it was a sad day but he was an awesome protector.
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    04-15-2012, 04:21 PM
We have a pyrenees mastiff (male), who is huge, but very friendly and not the kind who enjoys being on his own. We also shave a spanish mastiff bitch, who is more alert and reserved, but not very quick moving. I've heard anatolian can be difficult to manage. In the past we had some pastori maremmani abruzzesi (which is an ancient breed of shepherd dogs in italy) and they were great guard dogs, very intelligent and independent, very strong, and beautiful as well. But some of them (the son, in our case) can be real devils. If you get the right personality though, I think they are fantastic.
    04-15-2012, 04:47 PM
We have an English mastiff named Daisy. :). She's small for her breed, aboutM 140 lbs. Great with the chickens, cats, kids, and horses. But she is very loud and scrary looking to anyone that comes on the property, she is protective of her family but if you tell her to leave someone alone, like the mail lady, she instantly listens. She alsO stays within the property boundaries when the gate is open. No pics right now, I can post late though :)
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    04-15-2012, 04:55 PM
We have an 8 week old Australian Shepherd named Roscoe.

He's terrified of the horses right now, but that's not necessarily a bad thing at his age because I don't have to worry about him getting kicked or stomped.
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    04-16-2012, 05:32 AM

Forgot the pictures...
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    04-16-2012, 09:37 PM
I am trying to learn about the breeds, want to be very sure as I will have family, including children going to the property, so I need to strike a balance between protection and safety.
    04-17-2012, 11:47 AM
For family, be very careful with the dogs. Some are no good at all with children. Very often maremmani are not. Our last 2 are just fine and I may also suggest a breed called land seer, sort of smaller, less hairy, vivacious newfoundlands.
I have a friend who is a breeder, and they are great.
    04-17-2012, 12:27 PM
Landseer is a colour, its still a newfoundland. Same size/coat. Not a guard dog.

We have 3 german shepherds as our yard guards. They do a wonderful job, people are always intimidated by them, and they are fantastic with the livestock. Friendly when they are told people are ok.
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