Great Pyrenees?'s

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by nautical_bouy, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. nautical_bouy

    nautical_bouy Songster

    Mar 23, 2008
    Beaver PA
    I remember the dogs being mentioned a few times here and I would like to get owner feed back on them.
  2. wishin4chicken

    wishin4chicken Songster

    Jun 20, 2008
    Hayden Lake, Idaho
    Can't give owner feedback but our neighbor's "had" one (he's gone to his reward). Couldn't turn your back on the fellow. He was known for biting people in the behind. [​IMG]

  3. Dottie Pratt

    Dottie Pratt Songster

    Sep 4, 2008
    I have a male. He's 8 years old.
    I have only had him for about 6 weeks now.

    Great dog'! He watches over the chickens and such.
    Very friendly. As long as he has the time to meet you. Does not like a stranger to just walk up. He is protective of my husband and I.

    Love him!!!! His name is Ringo.

    Are you wanting one?
  4. black404

    black404 Songster

    May 3, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    I've wanted one for a long time....

    I heard've that they are great flock protection.

    I have a great dane now that seems to do the job for most predators.
  5. countrygirl4513

    countrygirl4513 Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Portland TN
    I have one. I use to breed them. They are excellent herding and livestock dogs. It is best to get them as a pup and raise them within the herd. Ours were mainly pets but even though they weren't raised to "protect" our flock, she still does it. It is in their nature to protect most any living creature that they are use to being around. They are very territorial! I've always said its best to have 2 of them, one to watch the front of the property and one for the back. Because that is usually their M. O. regardless. They split up at night and make their rounds and then hunker down and keep watch. Some say raising them with goats they are best left with minimal human contact. That way they feel they are goats, you know what I mean? As far as chickens go... my babes could cuddle up to them and sleep without any fear at all. However, they do eat ALOT. Be prepared for high dog food bills.
    We also have a Newfie, they are great protectors too!
  6. DTchickens

    DTchickens Crowing

    Mar 23, 2008
    Bailey, Mississippi.
    i had a 9 year old female. Never bit anyone. but would act like she would..if someone came to the house she ran to their car door and barked until we came out.. they weren't allowed out. a dog or stranger come over and tried to mess with the chickens-Dog.. pinned until we let it run away. if it kept trying to get the chickens.. she would forcfully make it leave. stranger. jump and bark. maybe growl some. but never have contact. hawks or any other birds in the air. jump. bark. and chase until they flew out of sight. haven't had predators around in years... and is a good family dog. all the ones i've met have been like this.. of course. they were our friends dogs. (the parents.) and our other friend. which also got a few puppies from him.. out of all 9. great dogs.

  7. Ugly Cowboy

    Ugly Cowboy Songster

    Apr 25, 2008
    Corn, OK
    My Uncle had one, that dang thing bit me every time I went to his house!
  8. nautical_bouy

    nautical_bouy Songster

    Mar 23, 2008
    Beaver PA
    Thanks for the fast replies, I'm going to look at a 18 week old male, good bloodlines and raised in a house and with goats, calves and kids so far.
    I've done a lot of research, it's just good to hear from people not breeders trying to build up the breed.
    Being good with kids and a LGD and not friendly to strangers 2 and 4 legs, is important.
    I don't mind a high feed bill for a working dog especially when it should offset the 3 dollar a pop 10Ga. shells,lol
  9. warcard

    warcard Songster

    Apr 4, 2008
    SE Indiana
    Quote:I know you like the exotics, but come on man break down and buy yourself a 12-gauge at least for the cheap shells! It will cost you less than the dog. [​IMG]

    Actually, I say get the dog and a new gun [​IMG] , but then I love dogs...more than guns. [​IMG]
  10. nautical_bouy

    nautical_bouy Songster

    Mar 23, 2008
    Beaver PA
    Actually I have many shotguns,,, .410, 28, 16, and 12Ga.

    I just like the 10, with OO it is a cloud of death at 75 yards no pest has escaped from.[​IMG]

    The idea of the "gentle giant" barking pooch when I'm not home and GF and kids are, is something I need, especially if they can be trained to watch my flock.

    The breed seems to be allmost perfect for us.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2008

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