This is June. I got her at 8 weeks old in June so ergo the name Need to get a recent pic because she is gorgeous. 1st pic is at 8 weeks old, 2nd pic is 3 months later, 3rd pic is June now standing next to Monkey my king buck.
I love seeing all the different guardians out there. Beautiful group of dogs!
Here is my team of guardians.
FIRST PICTURE:On the right is Orion (Great Pyrenees) - He works the front lines - always first to charge out and warn off whoever gets too close to his territory. On the left is Artemis (Great Pyrenees), she hangs back by the barn with the livestock and backs up Orion when things get serious. The big dog in the middle is my husband - he also provides back up where needed, like shooting possums out of trees so Artemis can finish them off.
SECOND PICTURE: Our newest guardian-in-training, Hephaestus aka "Festus" (Great Pyrenees)
THIRD PICTURE: Our porch and couch guardian, Jethro the Basset Hound - when all else fails, he provides comic relief.
We chose the Great Pyrenees breed because of their more people-friendly nature and also because they were what was most readily available locally. We are happy with our choice and love our dogs. I have found most of what you hear about the breed to be generally true - they are a night barking, digging, people-friendly dog. However, we have not had a problem with "roaming", but we have them within a securely fenced 20 acre pasture.
Our family guardians they are Presa Canarios while we have no livestock. Both parents are from working stock our male ( dark one) is trained in personal protection and has passed carjacking and burglary scenario. He comes from a line of hog hunters. Our female (middle) is fierce and very loyal she also baby sits the grandchildren. First dog is their 13 month old son he was recently please with a loving family.
Nice pictures! Can you share your experience on lgd vs llama? Do they share duties or is their any conflict?
I have strong and interesting opinions, I will try to keep them to a minimum. Most small farms with good fences don't need a lgd just any breed of alert dog that barks. LGD on remote pasture and on their own without back up are really a different dog. Good fencing is the key to any operations. A llama is only effective in small pasture well fenced, where a large body will keep a single coyote or pair out of the sheep or livestock. Bringing animals in to corrals that are lighted are also very effective. My guardians dogs are off on contract grazes and fully bonded to stock not people. One stays with the sheep and goats and one patrols, the llama is fenced areas grazing with goats and often close to homes and domestic dogs where the lgd would go nuts.
We have several, but here is a picture of one of the house guards trained in personal protection, perched in his spot watching me work. He takes alot of worry off my head keeping vermin out of the line fence trees and away from my rabbit barn.... and our best pasture guard. The cow once killed a sick fox. She stomped it to death and flung it into the air. Don't mind the mud. She was standing where the pigs root about.
here is my Anatolian, Storm that just turned one this month. WAY more dog than we should have gotten for our property. but hoping one day she mellows a bit :-) great with the family, Good with the goats, but prefers the chickens to stay in the chicken yard and herds/chases them back if they free range (still working on that). SO much energy! we love her! towers over my GSD now
Here is a pic of my best friend Bruno, he takes care of security, I got him when I lived in the city. Now we have both made the transition to country life. Bruno is an older dog he is 11 now. He alerts me to everything, including the squirrels, although once in a while he still does catch a squirrel.
This is my pack, I have various purebreds and crosses...works for my situation, and yeah my dogs come in the house every so often, and they still manage to chase off and engage predators when necessary. So far I've had no losses.