need great pyr advice

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Kristina, Sep 4, 2007.

  1. Kristina

    Kristina Songster

    Apr 30, 2007
    South Louisiana
    Hey All!

    We had been researching Great Pyr's for a while and decided that they would be a great LGD for our home. Well we found a breeder and got out pup on Saturday. HE is 4 months old and already huge. "Bucky" as named by the hubby has killed two chickens. (which is strange becasue he was born and raised up with chickens, turkeys, guineas, etc.)Needless to say that is not what I was expecting. Any helpful advice or tips? We are willing to work through whatever we need to but I figured someone with first hand experience may be able to help Thanks!
  2. FluffyChickenMama

    FluffyChickenMama Songster

    Jun 13, 2007
    I thought Great Pyr has a pretty high prey drive?? or territorial or protective?? I have a story in Countryside magazine about a couple that has 2 Great Pyr and they kill coyotes, I would think a chicken would be nothing even to a 4 mth old. I would call the breeder and question them. Maybe they can give you some suggestions.
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2007
  3. countrygirl4513

    countrygirl4513 Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Portland TN
    That is very odd. We use to raise G. Pyrennes and never had any problem with them attacking livestock. We still have one to this day.
    How did you go about introducing the dog to the chickens? The pup, if raised in the pen with the other livestock should have no problem as long as the initial introduction was done gradually and guarded. Did you get the dog mainly for the livestock or as a pet?
  4. nccatnip

    nccatnip Songster

    Aug 5, 2007
    Piedmont area NC
    Did you witness the incident? I am thinking that as a pup, he may have gotten a little too playful and killed them by accident. You have to remember that at his previous home, he probably had Mom or Dad around to monitor his behavior and it will take awhile for him to grow into his job. Yes, he was bred for the job but is still a baby.
  5. unlikelyfarmers

    unlikelyfarmers In the Brooder

    Jun 8, 2007
    We just got a Great Pyrenees at 4 months also. We only have him out with our chickens and turkeys when we are out with him. I've read that they aren't really ready to guard the livestock until they are 18 months. He's off the leash with us and will occasionally run at the chickens and watch them scatter but never tries to attack them. If the chickens were near his food, that may be a problem. Ours is extremely protective of his food. I'm new at this too, just a thought.
  6. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

    Jul 14, 2007
    EXIT 109 on 95
    Quote:I would break him of that habit FIRST. All of my dogs have to let anyone take thier bowl or any food away from them, you never know what a kid will do. Mine will allow food to be taken out of their mouth if I choose to do so.
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Yeah, they are supposed to be guardian dogs but they do need training still. They have a low prey drive but have a very protective demeanor about what they have deemed as theirs. Good luck. I was thinking about getting one in the future.
  8. Kristina

    Kristina Songster

    Apr 30, 2007
    South Louisiana
    Thanks for the replies everybody...sorry it took me so long to get back. Anyway, he's doing much better right now. I think what nccatnip said is correct....he was trying to play with them and got to rough. We are doing some training with him and he is really smart. I'm VERY proud of him though!!! Yesterday morning about 5 A.M. there were all kinds of noise coming from the chicken yard. We went out with the flash light to check and he had a nabbed a opossum!! (which is where I think our eggs have been going) So yep I am proud of our pup!! I joined a couple yahoo groups on pyrs and got some training advice so I think things will be OK!
  9. Rafter 7 Paint Horses

    Rafter 7 Paint Horses Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    East Texas
    Could you post the links to the groups? I would be interested in them.


  10. Chelly

    Chelly Cooped Up

    May 11, 2007
    Love to see a pic if you have one of the pup!

    My hubby wants one of these, and yes, I do too - not ALL for the chickens, but as a buddy for the kids and to make sure they stay safe as well....

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