Lucia & Gabe's Litter
Whelped 2/3/2016 - $400
Puppies will be ready to take home Saturday, April 2, 2016
Lucia is half Maremma and half Great Pyrenees, two strong breeds of Livestock Guardian Dog. Although the Maremma is powerful, it is not as large as some of the other more locally common breeds. Lucia is about 120 lbs.
Lucia was an answer to a prayer. When she first arrived at the ranch, her impact was immediately felt. She stayed with her sheep herd and the loss rate of the lambs was cut from 30 the previous season to zero losses from coyotes and other predators. She is loving girl, yet not one you would want to run into if you were in the market to harm her lambs. She is kind with the kids and has a very great read on people. She is an easy keeper and enjoys her time on the ranch.
Gabe, named after Gabriel the Angel, has been working at Bear Paw Ranch for about a year now. He was bred by Jacob's Pride, a goat farm in Marana, Arizona. His father is a working dog at Crow's Dairy, a goat dairy in Buckeye. Gave is 1/2 Anatolian Shepherd, 1/4 Akbash, and 1/4 Great Pyenees. He is about 120 lbs, at a year old, but his father was 160 lbs and we anticipate he will continue to fill out to that size at full maturity.
Gabe is a gentle soul with the livestock. He will lay with the goats or keep an eye on the baby pigs, but he never hurts them. He prefers to be outside the pens and roaming the premise. He is always on the watch, but is not overly aggressive. He alerts us to all visitors coming within 100 yards of the property line. Although he is protective and alert, he does not bark all night. He catches his rest when he can, but places his charges above all. He once turned against his own species and ran a visiting dog off our horses when the dog tried to nip at their heels. He does not desire to be an alpha dog, he is too busy watching the livestock. He is very affectionate and always greets me love and a shake.
The puppies are a great mix of four wonderful breeds of livestock guardian dogs (LGDs). We bred these two together to continue the working lines on our particular ranches, BPR needed a teammate for Gabe after losing his sister, Cher, to a Mohave earlier in the summer. Lucia is getting a bit older, she is now 8 years old, and it is time for her to take her next few working years to train a replacement or two to take over when she retires from the working life. We felt that the pairing of these two dogs would make for a very well-rounded working dog, both have incredible instinct and excellent temperament.
It has been our experience that these dogs, although impressive on their own, do very well in pairs. If you are not sure if a male or female is right for you, please contact us to help you figure it out. There are subtle differences, but most of it depends on your lifestyle, both males and females will be effective protectors.
We are currently taking deposits on this litter. Puppies are $400, a $100 deposit will hold your pick in the litter and the remaining $300 will be due at pick up. All puppies will have had two rounds of Kennel Cough Vaccine (Bordetella & Parainfluenza) and the 5-way vaccine (Parvo, Distemper, Parainfluenza, and two strands of Adeno-virus). They will be dewormed with fenbendazole and praziquantil to prevent round worms, hookworms, and tapeworms, should they be exposed. All dogs will be microchipped. We also offer a no-questions-asked return policy on any dog that you can no longer provide for in any condition, at any age; we will either rehome the dog for you or allow it to retire on the ranch, whichever is better for the dog.
Disclaimer: These dogs are working dogs, they are bred for living outside 24 hours a day and can be miserable inside or without a job. They will create distance from other dogs if they feel it interferes with their jobs, although they are dog social. They are also going to be very large, we anticipate the females to top out around 34" at the shoulder and 130 lbs, while the males will be around 36" at the shoulder and weigh around 150 lbs. They will reach full maturity at about 2 years of age, but will probably continue to fill out for another year or so. They don't require grooming, but they do shed (generally not a problem with outside dogs). These dogs only need a small shelter outdoors, such as a dog igloo or dog house, food, and fresh water.
Although we are not professional dog trainers, we recommend that you take your new puppy and introduce him to your livestock as soon as possible. He can spend a few weeks in the goat pen with the kids, he can spend a week or so in the chicken coop with the chickens, etc. When a puppy grows up with livestock, especially when he is still little and can't hurt them, he learns that they are family. As he grows up, he grows to protect the family he knows in the livestock. This is an easy way to bring out the natural instinct bred into these amazing dogs.