We raise livestock guardian dogs near Spokane, WA. Learn all about each of them on the LGDs page. Breeds include Maremma, Anatolian and registered Karakachan. This page lists known or planned breedings. You can choose from weaned puppies at 10 weeks old, started puppies at 6 months to a year and working livestock guardian dogs from one year and up. The price goes up incrementally with the increased training and feeding time. Contact me to discuss what options work best for your needs. You can see more info further down on this page to help you determine which age is right for you.
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Livestock Guardian Dogs for Sale
Beginning in 2020, we will be offering the option to purchase aged dogs that are well started and working with stock. We rarely have already started dogs available; this option allows you to purchase a training package for pups out of current litters.
Caveat: while choosing to have a pup started here can be helpful in a situation where you are not able to start one yourself, the bond between handler and dog is the foundation to success and where possible, even if it’s challenging, I encourage you to bring your pup home as soon as it is weaned so you can begin the bonding process. Also, where possible, I encourage you to bring your pup indoors to begin. Puppies are prey just like the animals they will protect when they’re older. I highly recommend this group on Facebook for the most comprehensive training information compiled in one location.
With that said, here is what you can expect when you buy a livestock guardian dog from puppy to finished adult.
A deposit of half the purchase price holds your spot in a current litter. The balance is due at pickup or 10 weeks old. If you want to add a training package, it is due in advance, quarterly, so the first payment would be due at 10 weeks also and would secure a training period of 3.5 months. If you decide to continue training for another 3 months, that would be due when the pup is 6 months old and would apply to the next 3 months. Current pricing: $100/mo.
Puppy, 3 months
Our most popular option, you can purchase a just weaned puppy that has been raised with livestock. These puppies will be handled by children and adults and exposed to every species of animals we have on our farm. This currently includes goats, chickens, ducks and cats. Puppies will have started basic leash training and some voice/hand commands, but require time to mature into their role. Expect a dog to be contributing to protection closer to 6-12 months.
Puppy, 6 months
Older puppies will be more advanced in their voice/hand command training and should have the basics pretty well down. They have had the benefit of constant learning through action with their parents and other members of our pack. Depending on the personality, most of these puppies will be suitable for adult stock. At this age, I generally don’t consider them poultry safe or ready to be seriously working quite yet. We no longer send pups home at ages 5-8 months, give or take. This is a delicate age and makes for a more stressful transition for the dog so instead, we keep them home and stable while they mature through to the next stage.
A year old dog is well started, solid on basic commands and knows not to rush gates, mouth young stock or chase. This is an excellent mid range option, a balance between price and maturity, that will allow you to have a good start on your own livestock guardian pack. I don’t recommend running a dog this age alone, but he will be an invaluable asset to an aged dog or perhaps an older yet not quite mature companion, 12-24 months.
Eighteen month dog
At eighteen months, most dogs are reliable and ready to work. A little fine tuning over the next few months and they’ll be ready to move into mature dog status, working fully alongside a teammate. At this point, your main work will be solidifying the bond between you and the dog, then the dog and the stock.
Mature livestock guardian dog
Generally speaking, a two-year old dog is a mature and fully functioning member of the pack. This age is a perfect companion to a pup and we can work to get you both at the same time, getting you a solid start to your own pack with some immediate protection for your animals.
We have limited spots available in each litter to grow out mature dogs, so if this is an option you’re considering, let me know and we’ll talk over specifics.