Our Great Pyrenees
Our Great Pyrenees journey started when we brought our Sheriff home. He was born to a mama who was a full time sheep guardian, and a daddy who was a full time goat guardian. We brought him home at 10 weeks old, and our kids named him "Sheriff" because he is the sheriff of our farm! It only took a couple of days with him to know we had found a breed we would never again be without!
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 8 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"!
Fast forward to the spring of 2018, and we had just completed a project to replace the fence on our farm to allow for the pigs to be able to graze everywhere, and to allow for intensive grazing. We began looking into adding a 3rd female now that there were so many separate areas to patrol! We began our search on a Tuesday, and that Thursday a friend and Great Pyrenees breeder of 30+ years called us. She told us that she had made the decision to stop breeding due to her husband's health, and she had a young girl she thought would be perfect for our family, farm, and----although she hadn't had a litter yet----breeding program. We made the drive to her house "just to visit"...and drove home with Sadie Faith in the back of the mini-van!!
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, Sammy, and Sadie are indispensable around here, and we would never do anything to cause them harm!