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. Pups are born and raised with goats and sheep. They are handled by primarily adult humans but children come and go occasionally.
Livestock Guardian Dogs for Sale
We have owned livestock guardian dogs since 2016. Our adults are all excellent with young and old stock, gentle with humans and valued members of our extended outdoor family. While they live outside full time doing their job, every dog comes in for attention and hangouts when they indicate a desire to do so.
What to Expect when Purchasing LGDs
It’s important to have realistic expectations when you purchase a livestock guardian dog. This helps eliminate frustration down the line and ensures a happy lifelong relationship.
- Pups will require training. The #1 cause of failure we see in dogs is lack of training. Yes, instinct plays a major role in how these dogs operate, but basic manners and day to day life lessons need to be taught and reinforced. Expect to teach your dog to: lead, sit, wait at gaits, follow, stay, ride in cars and how to behave around stock. These lessons can and should begin being taught right away when you bring your pup home. Waiting until your dog needs to go to the vet to work on car ride training is a recipe for stress!
- Pups will almost always go through “terrible teen” stages. In these moments, you’re likely to wonder what you were thinking and you may even have thoughts of giving up. Terrible teen actions may include: destruction to property, increased desire to roam/break out/dig, louder and/or longer periods of barking, playing with stock previously respected, not listening to you, etc. It helps tremendously to be aware of and prepare for these eventualities in the beginning. The terrible teen phase is usually short lived and can be managed through positive reinforcement and structured settings/increased supervision.
- Pups may need to be kept separate from stock until they demonstrate maturity. While this is the common rule represented online, I find that most of the time my pups can start with stock but also with additional supervision. Having a pair of dogs will give each someone to play with instead of playing with stock, but a slight risk of two dogs getting bad ideas and both playing with stock does exist.
- When purchasing from me, expect to answer questions about your setup, your personality and your goals. This ensures a higher success rate and is less about “judging” your operation than it is a. matching you with the right dog and b. making sure adding dogs is a good option for you. Getting this part right really matters for the long term health and happiness of our dogs and their families. If I don’t feel like you’d be a good fit, I won’t send a pup home with you.