We have four Great Pyrenees here at Huckleberry Farm. They protect our animals from all kinds of predators, especially the dreaded coyote and hawk. We used to have a terrible problem with both of those predators but not since the dogs arrived. They are big Gentle Giants.
This is Rufus and he’s a big lover. He’s also very tolerant as you can see. Our daughter loves to “hug” him.
This is Snookums, the first one to head off into danger.
Rufus and his sister, Keeper. And more hugging.
Here, Annaliese is teaching Rufus his “model walk.”
And this is the puppy, Spartacus. He’s determined to destroy my garden at the moment but the big ones are doing a good job training him.
Great Pyrenees are Livestock Guardian Dogs and have been used for hundreds of years by shepherds to protect their flocks. One of the first descriptions of the breed dates back to 1407. They are naturally nocturnal and very protective of their flocks. They are big dogs. Rufus weighs about 150 pounds.
I love this description from Wikipedia: In nature, the Great Pyrenees is confident, gentle, and affectionate. While territorial and protective of his flock or family when necessary, his general demeanor is one of composure, both patient and tolerant. He is strong willed, independent and reserved, yet attentive, fearless and loyal to his charges both human and animal .
We love our dogs and if you come to the farm for a visit, you will too! They won’t really give you a choice. They love attention from new people.