Can I get the gender I prefer?
Sometimes. We feel the most important thing to pet owner happiness is to match the puppy’s personalities with family/farm needs.
We use a three step process to match puppies with owners.
- We first test each puppy using a Puppy Aptitude Test. This helps us know more about each puppy’s personality traits.
- Secondly, we inquire into what kind of dog owner you will be. See my post on the different categories.
- Third, we match up the personalities of the pups with the characteristics of the dog owners and what they are looking for.
Sometimes there will be two pups that are a good match then gender preference comes into play. If you feel strongly you ONLY want one gender over another then we will let you know if we have a puppy that matches your needs. We may not. I can not guarantee what the pups personalities will turn out to be.
How much do they eat?
A LOT when they are growing puppies and less then you expect when they are full grown. Our dogs get a mixture of medium quality dog food, raw pastured eggs, raw milk yogurt, raw ground chicken/bone and miscellaneous raw meat scraps and bones.
How much do they poop?
Well, quite a bit. I feel it is appropriate to their size though.
How much do they bark?
As much as they need to for the job they have to do. Much of that will depend on personality, training, and the situation the dog is in. You will not get the bark out of a Great Pyrenees.
Will they protect my kids/pets/livestock?
They will bond to you and your children with time and love. Great Pyrenees dogs will bond to livestock with proper training. They will not bond to chickens. However, they will guard their territory. Hmm? What is their territory? Everything they see. That is why they have a reputation for wandering. They are just making the rounds of “their space” keeping the predators and stray dogs away. A good fence and a happy dog eliminates that. Our dogs stay in their saggy fences because they like their jobs and are content. They will occasionally hop a fence to chase a foolish predator. When out they will generally just hang near the fence waiting to be put back in.
Great Pyrenees are big dogs, will I be scared of them?
Not if you love them up and show them you are the boss. It is imperative you learn how to be Alpha. More on that later. It will save you many hassles and unhappiness.
How do I train them?
First you must learn to be Alpha.
Second, you must love them for who they are.
Third, you must feed and care for them properly.
I will write up another long post on this topic with a great deal more information. For now, if you can commit to the aforementioned recommendations you are well on your way.
How much will a puppy cost?
I expect the cost to be between $150 and $200 according to my estimates. This is the first time I am tracking my expenses. I don’t want to overcharge but do want to be compensated.
Years ago, when I was looking for a dog I was shocked at the prices. Many of the breeders charge $500-$1000. They will offer pedigrees and registration. I don’t feel there is a cost benefit to the normal household or farm to pay for this. I don’t think you get a better dog and some don’t even do the Puppy Aptitude Testing which I feel is crucial to matching homes.
On the flip side are the puppies in the newspaper and other local ads. Many of the parents were working but the pups weren’t tested. We have had several dogs given to us from these situations where the personalities of the puppy didn’t complement the family or farm. I don’t think that is a good situation either. I hope to offer a compromise.
Our dogs are real livestock guardian dogs. They live with the chicken flock full time, year round. I know they do a good job because I have seen the results. They exhibit good health and personality traits which are worthy of passing on to another generation. I only breed our dogs when I am looking for another one to expand. This year I am wanting to raise up a dog for my new flock of chickens and the new orchard. I will need them working hard for me in about three years so I am starting now.
This is our fourth litter of puppies in eight years so my experience Puppy Aptitude Testing experience is still limited. However, each person/family that has bought a dog has been pleased and some have wanted additional dogs. Several have commented that the pups personalities have matured as I predicted they would. I think that is awesome and shows I am on the right track.
Let me know if I can help you find just the right puppy for your situation.