From our farm, to you! We are raising puppies right here in Southwest Iowa to travel all over the country----our puppies have been reserved by families from Maine to California, Washington to Florida, and all the way up to Alaska! They are thriving as family pets, livestock guardians, and therapy dogs. When you start them right----they can do it all!
***Previous puppy updates!***
The Great Pyrenees is a breed that we have found to be worth it's (very heavy) weight in gold! These dogs have absolutely been a game-changer for our farm. Despite living in an area heavily populated with fox, raccoon, opossum, and coyote, we have not lost a single animal to a predator since having them. This includes absolutely free range chickens----I mean we don't even shut them up at night. They totally do their own thing, and we haven't lost a single one in the years we have had Great Pyrenees! We do not have any issue whatsoever with coyotes messing with baby calves or pigs, in spite of the fact that coyotes are very thick around here. The dogs also do an excellent job of keeping stray dogs off our property.....which is great for our animals, and great for our children!
Our experience with Great Pyrenees started when a couple of neighboring Great Pyrenees dogs "accidently" found each other. They belong to neighbors, one was guarding sheep, and the other was guarding goats in the next pasture......the rest is history! Well---actually just the start for us! The puppies were born out with the goats in the middle of January, and the pick of the litter came to live with us. Our kids named him "Sheriff" because he is the sheriff of our farm!
We were so impressed with the breed, and read up on how well they work in pairs, that we were looking for another in no time at all. We found a homestead we were pretty impressed with, and put a deposit down on a female. A few weeks later, we brought home our Sally. We didn't get home with her until dark that night, so we put her in a pen and thought we would show her around in the morning. She didn't have it! She let herself out, and that 7 week old fur-ball spent the night laying in the doorway to our chicken house on her first official guardian job!
Sheriff and Sally quickly became a bonded pair, and were inseparable. Both grew up beautifully and had excellent guardian instincts, while still holding true to the gentle nature of the breed. About the time Sally had her first litter, we were doing some expanding and beginning our ongoing project of switching all the crop-ground at our home over to pasture. We knew we would be in need of a third dog, and started looking for a puppy who would be ready to come to us as Sally's puppies were ready to go to their new homes.
As we began our search for a new puppy, we realized how fortunate we had been in our ease of finding the two we had! What a job it proved to be! We searched states away, but the market had begun to grow, and breeders were starting to enact strict rules on those who took their puppies home. We also found that crossing a Pyr with an Anatolian, or an Anatolian cross, had become very common.....and often the puppies retained so much of the Pyr look, that they were advertised as purebred Great Pyrenees! (This is something we REALLY recommend you be cautious about. Anatolian crosses advertised as purebred Pyrs are all over the place....make sure you know what the breed is supposed to be and that you trust the people you are talking to!) We knew whatever we brought home MUST be full blooded Pyrenees---although not all are, Anatolians tend to be more aggressive, and this was not okay with us with our small children! This made us decide to go ahead and purchase an AKC registered puppy as our new addition. We had to travel quite a ways, but we finally found her! And AKC Mill Creek Guardian Samantha Sue "Sammy" came to live with us just in time to fill the void of Sally's litter going to their homes.
The timing proved to be perfect, as Sally was missing her own puppies, she adopted Sammy right in, and Sheriff didn't argue! And that is how we ended up with our beautiful trio of white "polar bears"!
We have puppies available a couple of times a year. Our dogs run together full time, doing their job here. With that, litters aren't really "planned", they happen when they happen, with the dogs in their natural habitat. We do our very best to keep our dogs at peak nutrition and health, and when they are ready to breed, they do. Sometimes litters are closer than what other breeders may have, and sometimes further apart, but you can rest assured that we have the health of our dogs in mind. They are fed a high quality diet, along with several supplements we have found to help. Sheriff, Sally, and Sammy are indispensable around here, and we would never do anything to cause them harm!
***litters estimated AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018***
We are expecting three litters of puppies ready to go home in the fall/winter of 2018. We will start at the top of the deposit list when the first litter is born, and then move the remaining families over to the second litter after the first litter arrives, and then the remainder to the third litter after the after the second arrives. If, after the third litter is born, there happen to be more deposits than puppies, remaining families can choose to have their deposit refunded in full, or choose to have their deposit moved to spring litters.
Remember, all planned litters are based upon our girl's average cycles. Although we can usually be pretty accurate, we are working with living, breathing animals. As we do not use hormones to bring them into heat artificially, there is absolutely no way to know timing for sure until they come into heat and breed ---- Watch this page and our Facebook page for updates!
**Sammy due Sept 10**
**Sally due Sept 11**
Puppies go home at 8 weeks old and are priced at $950-------$300 as a non-refundable deposit, and the remainder in cash when puppy goes home. Prices are subject to change at any time due to availability and demand----just know that when you deposit, your price is absolutely locked in!
Be sure you contact us with any questions before you place your deposit, as deposits are non-refundable unless we do not have enough puppies or enough puppies of your gender selection. In either case, your deposit will be refunded in full. Again, outside of these circumstances, deposits are non-refundable.
Our pups go to homes as guardians and companions all over the country----Maine to California and Florida to Washington! Shipping is available at an extra fee----an estimate is outlined on our FAQ page.
1. Elaine in CA - Male
2. Kim in ME - Male *after 12/1/18*
3. Karen in WA - Female
4. Austin in TX - Male
5. Heather in CA - Male
6. Julie in IA - Female
7. Yadong in NY - Male
8. James in NJ - Female
9. Juana in NV - Either
10. Carla in VA - Male
11. Anna in FL - Female
12. Ami in WA - Female
13. Kathy in PA - Male
14. Jamie in IA - Either
15. Eve in UT - Either
16. Eve in UT - Either
17. Julia in MN - E*Spring*
18. Jill in IA - Either
19. Debra in MN - Female
20. Karen in IA - Either
21. Stephanie in NE - Either
22. Jerry in IL - Female
23. Tom in NM - Male
Please call or email us with questions!
More information about how we organize purchase and selection of puppies can be seen on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Deposits can be made any time on the Current and Upcoming Litters page, or on the Paypal link above.
And you can see lots of pictures and updates on some of our previous puppies on our Updates page.
Choice, after birth, in order of deposit.
Remember, all planned litters are based upon our girl's average cycles. As we are working with living, breathing animals, and we do not use hormones to bring them into heat artificially, there is absolutely no way to know timing for sure until they come into heat and breed ---- Watch this page and our Facebook page for updates!