Great Pyrenees Breeding Program
After living for more than a decade at the toe of the most active black bear habitat in Nevada and struggling every year to keep those wonderful creatures out of our orchard—even while utilizing tall non-climb fencing with 5-6 strands of ultra-electrified "hot wire"—we were humbled and deeply gratified to discover the [in our opinion!] most amazing livestock guardian dog breed in existence: the Great Pyr.
The Great Pyrenees is a type of dog that has been bred for thousands of years to partner with humans to protect territory and/or flocks and herds of all types—goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, turkeys, etc.—from predators. When our hands-on research revealed that the Great Pyr could be socialized both to love us and all of our Interns, and to guard our orchards and gardens (and future chickens and goats) from the local bears, coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, badgers, and raccoons, we knew we had found the best solution imaginable to the problem of unbidden— and dangerous—sharing of the fruits of our labor.
Our Great Pyr Breeding Program is in its very first phase; we found Elsa and brought her home in June 2014 with the intention that she will become our first mating female, and then Loki came along in November 2015 to be her neutered companion and co-bear-patrol in the orchard and garden areas. We love learning about the amazing nature of the Great Pyrenees in general, and Elsa and Loki in particular are [we believe!] the most lovable canine people you could ever know.
They are already doing their jobs, keeping our wild neighbors out of our gardens and orchards much more effectively than the hot wire ever did—and therefore we are extremely grateful. We salute the Great Pyrenees and their amazing innate skills at partnering with human beings living this kind of life, and we look forward to providing other farming and ranching families with AKC registered puppies who will make their lives easier and bring them the noble friendship that only the Great Pyr can offer.