I agree with Paul that "if you have acreage, a livestock guardian breed of dog is the way to go"
First let me say this~ we LOVE and ADMIRE our small pack of Pyrs that keep our livestock, gardens and fruit trees safe every day and night...We have NO problems with any sort of predators, not even a single deer or elk nibbling the young fruit trees... even though we're in an area with plenty of predators all around. I highly recommend these kind of dogs to people like us ....
These are not just any dog!
In our opinion, there's no more loving and beautiful solution than having Great Pyrenees in the farm family. Much more beautiful than fences everywhere....
That said, we have an unplanned large litter of Great Pyr/Mix puppies (5 weeks old) and we're looking for people with really great homes for them (when they're ready)...that's why I'm posting this here.
These puppies belong on small farms with really awesome loving people living authentic lives intertwined with the natural world....like permies people!
These puppies, while mixed, are still showing good LGD characteristics. It is our young female's first litter. The puppies are half neighbor's farm dog (large black lab-looking mutt). Most of them are white and Pyr-looking, a few black with white toes, and one chocolate brown. They are strong with luscious shiny coats. An important note~these dogs smell good! And their fur is nice to touch. They are all-around nice to have around.
These dogs are extremely sensitive and intelligent. They will look deeply into your eyes for a long time (the puppies already do this too) and you can communicate with them lovingly. They listen and respond. Punishment is unnecessary and not helpful. They may on occasion have a different idea than their people about what needs to be done...but we've discovered that Dog knows best~ and we've learned to give them their own lead. Indeed, Great Pyrenees have had this relationship with pastoral humans for a long time. For the small family farmer/rancher today, they KNOW what to do and they REALLY want to do it.
And, contrary to some opinions, we've discovered you CAN love them like family/pets and they will STILL do their job, better than ever actually.
Great Pyrenees are a huge blessing to those of us living on the land and raising food & livestock.
So, in light of who these puppies are ~and with consideration for the terrible fates that some puppies can and do meet by being traded online~ we are only willing to allow these puppies to go to good homes. If you or (someone you know) is interested, here's some questions we want to know: Do you have land? These are not house-dwellers or city dogs. Livestock? Other dogs? How/what will you feed them? What food crops do you grow? Where will they sleep? How will you treat them? Can you take the extra care it requires to raise a good dog from a puppy? Can you handle the chewing/chasing/playing phase followed by a brief and slightly willful adolescent phase? What about reproduction~or not? We care about our puppies! If you are interested, please email me at email@example.com
with some information and a good time we can talk by phone.
In the meantime, I'd love to read about other people's experiences with LGDs on Permaculture farms....