We love our livestock guard dogs (LGD's) and rely on our Great Pyrenees and Maremma dogs to protect our sheep, chickens, ducks, cattle, and goats from predators. In our area, we have multiple predators including coyotes, feral dogs, bobcats, hawks and black buzzards. However, we have never lost an animal to predators in a field where we have guard dogs. Currently, we have four guard dogs (Samson, Delilah, Thor, and Silas) protecting our sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, and cattle. Occasionally we will have puppies that we sell. We are a livestock farm and not a 'puppy mill' and as such only have a limited number of puppies.
Samson - The sire for our LGD puppies and still doing a great job as our top LGD. Samson is a registered Great Pyreneese and the 'Wise old King' of the farm..
Delilah is the "queen" of the farm. She is the mother of our LGD puppies and, while she is probably the best LGD on the farm (don't tell Samson that we said that) she is now retired to the house because of her mothering duties! She is not registered, but she is purebred Great Pyrenees.
Delilah is due to have pups in January! To be added to the waiting list - please fill out the application form below (PDF) and send it back to us at ecrowleyky at gmail dot com. We currently have a pretty full waiting list so add your name now if you want one of these wonderful pups.
This is our son with Silas. Silas is one of Samson and Delilah's puppies. In the picture, he is 7 months old, and already almost 120 pounds. He now weighs over 160 pounds.
Great Pyrenees are amazing, and quirky, and a bunch of things.. here is my list from my personal experience... Great Pyrenees are:
Protective - of their livestock and their families.
Loving - these guys love their people, and they like to be with you!
BIG and a little goofy- think of a really big teenager with an adolescents mentality - that's pretty much it!
They like to bark - at wind, at trees, at pretty much anything that catches their attention.
Not as active as you might think - they really love to sleep!
Very very intelligent, and stubborn enough to think that your directions are more like requests!
An amazing breed and the best dogs I have ever had!!
Great Pyrenees or GPs as we call them, are trained to be independent thinkers and are naturally protective of their people and animals. We breed our pyres for size, we want large dogs - that can do the job on protecting the livestock. Our last litter ranged (when full grown) from 125 lbs all the way up to 190. You can see one of our puppies at Shaker Village. Deacon was adopted by Shaker Village and is having a wonderful time at his new home.
We raise a very limited number of puppies. Our goal is to produce excellent working livestock guard dogs who will go to wonderful homes. If you would like to be considered for the next litter, please fill out the puppy adoption application and email it to ecrowleyky at gmail dot com.
Ensuring that our dogs go to a good home is very important to us. And while Great Pyrenees and Maremma's can be companion dogs in addition to LGD's, it's very important to know what you are getting into and the traits of these dogs. A great place to start learning about Great Pyrenees is to visit this link.
The Great Pyrenees Breed
We expose our puppies to livestock when they are only a few weeks old. We feel this acclimates them and prepares them for their new home. We will typically expose them to all of the animals on our farm, especially the goats and sheep.