Meet our livestock guardian dog, Dixie. She is 3/8 Anatolian Shepherd and 5/8 Great Pyrenees.
She was purchased from Crosby Lake Farm in Walterboro, SC.
Dixie (Jr.) – 3/8 Anatolian Shepherd, 5/8 Great Pyrenees .
|Chevy – 3/4 Anatolian Shepherd, 1/4 Great Pyrenees.||Big Sam – Full Anatolian Shepherd.|
|Dilcey – 1/2 Anatolian Shepherd, 1/2 Great Pyrenees.|
|Dixie – Full Great Pyrenees.||Unknown Great Pyrenees Sire|
|Unknown Great Pyrenees Dam|
Livestock guardian dogs have been bred for generations to effectively protect goats, sheep, cattle, and other livestock. Because of this, an LGD’s hunting instinct is very low, while the protective instinct is very high. The Anatolian Shepherd originates from the Anatolian region of Turkey. The Great Pyrenees is from the Pyrenees Mountains which run along the border of France and Spain.
Right now, I am using a training program similar to that outlined here: http://hoeggerfarmyard.com/livestock-guardian-dogs-why-we-love-our-anatolian-shepherd/. Because Dixie is still exhibiting puppy play behavior towards the goats, I have her tied at the barn during the day so she can socialize with the goats, but the goats will move away if she tries to play too roughly. At night, the goats are shut in the barn and Dixie is loosed to roam the pasture and practice guarding. When under supervision, Dixie is loosed so that she can continue to socialize with the goats and chickens.
The following websites are very informative on LGDs: