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GREAT PYRENEES: LIVESTOCK GUARDIAN IN ACTION

October 24, 2019


Dogumentary TV producing the best breed documentaries on YouTube My name is Rachel Maness. I’m a shepherd here at on the lam ranch in Camarillo, California And this is our guard dog Teddy the Great Pyrenees on the lam ranch is a ranch located in Camarillo California Where we teach cheap hurting lessons for dogs and their people? We’re about 60 acres backing up to the wilderness on the other side of the Malibu Hills. We have just under 100 sheep right now, but it’s lambing season there could be two more out there and We have a couple of horses a few geese some chickens lots of dogs and a few barn cats We have routine issues with coyotes primarily coyotes are very successful Urban predators and because we’re located close to town we have a higher than normal coyote population We also occasionally get mountain lions coming in from the wild lands. Especially as we’re getting deer coming down is the during the drought? Mountain lions aren’t usually at issue But due to the drought we’re starting to get deer coming down into the pastures and with the deer come mountain lions Right now teddy is our guard dog in training. He’s under two, so he’s not considered Fully trained most livestock guardians aren’t considered Fully trustworthy until they’re two years old we got Teddy to help keep the coyotes away he has acts as both a powerful deterrent and As actual frontline defense against the Coyotes while our sheep are very well fenced Which helps keep the coyotes out, and we have give them close to the house at night We do have to worry about coyotes. They can jump fences They also come right up to the houses we find tracks we find Pooh. We hear them at night We used to have trouble with coyotes coming in and trying to get to our sheep almost every night but since Teddy arrived on the scene he acts both as a flock guardian staying with the Sheep and protecting them and as a farm guardian he patrolled the area He leaves his scent. He urine marks, and he makes sure the Coyotes don’t even come on the property and since Teddy arrived We have not had the same kind of coyote pressures Teddy is a great pyrenees. They originated in the perineal mountains That’s the south of france north of spain But they’re a very very old type of dog great pyrenees are part of a family of big white livestock guardian dogs with long hair and floppy ears There’s descriptions of those this type of dog dating back to 37 BC so very very old type of dog great pyrenees our flock Guardians they are Intended to bond with the flock and stay with the Sheep so the sheep are really his family. He likes us We’re great, but that’s who he’d rather hang out with Great Pyrenees or also known as perineum mountain dogs in Europe they live 10-12 years depending on lifestyle breed and genetics males can be 27 to 32 inches tall 110 to 130 pounds. Teddy, here, is not quite a hundred pounds yet. He’s under two years old and still growing Females are 26 to 30 inches tall and 90 to 115 pounds. Very large dogs. Their breed standard says they are supposed to be white and also all of the old If you go back to the primary sources they say they’re supposed to be white so you can identify your dog at night and tell the difference between your dog and a predator, but great pyrenees can also have badger markings which are sable or tan colored markings on their faces and ears and heads and Those are more often seen in working great pyrenees versus the show line or pet line types Great pyrenees are known for being gentle giants, and that’s why teddy fit really well on our farm They are gentle. They are sweet with everyone. They’re good with lambs children other pets other dogs whatever kind of animals you have chickens They’re generally regarded as a very safe dog when they’re raised properly we previously had an Anatolian sheepdog and we were raising her to be our flock Guardian, and she didn’t work out very well because Because we teach herding lessons here We have a lot of different people and dogs coming in all the time and our Anatolian had a little bit too much stranger danger. It’s a breed. They’re very aloof and they guard against people and strange dogs We don’t have a stray dog problem out here, and we need a dog if that could accept 10 new people and dogs coming on the property each day and tell the difference between the neighbors and the neighbors guests and our clients and People that come by to visit and small children and an actual threat so Teddy as a great pyrenees They are generally good with everything except things that are actually posing a danger, and he’s very good at assessing What is and isn’t a threat. He’s more of a guard dog than an attack dog towards people. He guards by barking at people. He’s not actually gonna bite Somebody unless they make a very aggressive move, but he will follow an intruder around barking on the property Teddy like most Great Pyrenees are primarily nocturnal He spends most of his nights barking, which is very much a breed trait And that’s exactly what we want him to do because that’s part of how he keeps the Coyotes away He likes to patrol at dawn and dusk. He goes around and does a perimeter of the property He does some scent marking checks for coyotes And that’s also when we often find him out chasing coyotes and warding them off that way During the day he likes to get into the Sheep pant pens and take a nap And he’s generally very sleepy and slow-moving during the day if we take the Sheep out to graze He likes to go out and follow them around and stay with them Which is good? Because that’s when they’re most at risk for predation although the predator isn’t primarily active at night During the days when the sheep are loose and we’re not watching them We don’t have fences Here well there the sheep are penned, and we don’t have dog proof fencing We’ve got entirely too much land and people coming and going – for us to keep Teddy securely fenced so in order to keep him Safe we use GPS tracking technology. He is wearing a whistle three on his collar here This is a GPS that works with an app on my phone It’ll alert me if he goes off of our property or too close to the paved roads were about half a mile off the pavement And it allows me to see what he’s doing at night So I can see when he’s going out into the farm fields nearby to chase the Coyotes and what he’s been doing Tells me when he’s been visiting the neighbors it tells me how long he’s been gone and been doing while he’s been gone Teddy is very cold proof when it rains he likes to go out and lay in the rain He’s not as heat tolerant But he makes do with by finding shade and by being at not being active during the middle of the day Teddy routinely takes on coyotes, I’m not sure if he’s fighting them because I’m not out at three o’clock in the morning But I know I hear coyotes. I hear him barking and I see him taking off into the fields So far he has not had to actively defend our sheep We don’t have the Coyotes coming in near the sheep or our geese anymore since he’s been on the property We are currently looking to add a second great pyrenees to the ranch we’re hoping to find a senior female Hopefully a working dog. Maybe in a harsher climate who’s ready to retire to a mild climate and easy job basically We’re looking for a dog that wants to stay and snuggle with the Lambs like our previous senior Pyrenees that we lost last year The Great Pyrenees is a phenomenal working dog Teddy digs holes climbs fences barks all night and roams for miles And that’s exactly what we need him to do it makes them less of a good fit in the city as a pet But for for our needs I mean that that’s why they do that livestock Guardian breeds in general and Great Pyrenees in Particular are not bred for being eager-to-please dogs We have herding dogs you give them a command they’re excited to follow the command he’s more of an independent dog he needs to be able to do his own thing and make his own decisions when he’s out in the field without us and for that reason Great Pyrenees aren’t very eager to please, so he’s he comes when called kind of I Don’t know if he sits on command actually But his primary things that he needs to do our walk on a leash. He needs to be handleable I need to be able to check him for Fox tails and burrs I need to be able to brush him and give him vaccinations and for that that that kind of training is paramount The rest of the obedience training no he needs to be able to do what he does Great Pyrenees, they are a fabulous working dog for our property where we have lots Visitors all the time he’s very good at telling the difference between goes good visitors and bad visitors And he’s very dog-friendly which is very important for us You

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  1. Rachel, I love teddy, and all great Pyrenees. I knew the sweetest dog that ever lived. I got to babysit him. I remember his bark, and the cuddling he did. he didn't know he was so big!! enjoy!

  2. Put collars with spikes to protect them for gods sake. GPs do not back down to fight any size animal if he has to.

  3. Why do women do that to their hair?
    Is it latent adolescence?
    It tends to make them look older than their age somehow.

  4. our Pyrennees mix passed 2 yrs ago, he was a great family pet too. very attentive and totally devoted to my wife. it's funny cause we're city folks so no animals to herd but that didnt stop him one bit lol.. we kept a tote fulla treats in the dining room next to the kitchen an ol Ninja would always get between you and the kitchen trying to herd you toward that treat tote roflmao. sure miss him..

  5. I was attacked by 4 of these once. If my two friends hadn't have showed up one minute into it they would have killed me.

  6. I have seen a video of some rancher having Great Pyrenees and Anatolian Shepards together….it said the G.P.'s stay close to the herds and the A. S. Ranges more scanning for attackers…maybe you can look it up. Oh now I see you had an A. S…….there is a rancher here that has a litter of Pyrenees/Antalion Sheperd mix……they are so cute…I am thinking of getting one…they are too young. Yet

  7. I'm glad they mentioned that they are not eager to please. I was watching a homesteading blog and they had a pyrenees and it was his first calving season. First calf came and since he was young and not experienced with this, he did what he was supposed to do and was protecting the baby calf…problem was he was protecting it from his mom. Of course he would completely ignore them when they tried calling for him and they had to physically remove the dog from the situation to break his concentration on the calf. So many judgemental "experts" commenting on there things like "get rid of him, hes to aggresive" and "every dog should immediately come the first time called" and so on….no the dog was doing exactly what it was supposed to do. He was new to that situation and now I'm sure he has it figured out. 🤦🏻‍♀️

  8. How do you safely introduce a Great Pyrenees around other dogs? My collies are always with the livestock and I'd like to get a G.P as well. I would just hate for something to happen between all of them

  9. I have a Pyr who guards my back yard against any and all birds … LOL I would like to get some backyard chickens, but I don't think she would allow that.

  10. Ugghh You might want to get at least 2 -3 more LGD's to protect your animals. I mean most ranchers will even say that having one dog won't cut it, even on smaller farmlands..
    That's a pretty dog but coyotes sometimes travel in small packs which isn't good for one dog. I hate to say it but she's going to get her dog killed..

  11. PMDs are great. I have them for many years but lady needs to get two more – one female , one male- to complete the pack. Also spiked collars are essential for working PMDs as wolfs / cayotes aim for the neck.

  12. Aww, my Pyr is also named Teddy, and he has the same coat but is a little rangier in body type. 🙂

  13. Mother raised Great Pyrenees…
    It was I who always brushed them…
    A Lot of fur .
    Her neighbor made a winter hat and scarf with the very soft fur . ♡

  14. I have a half great Pyrenees and half border collie 14 month puppy and she is so smart (she understands all her commands in two languages – including basic sentences- without hand signals)! She is very independent and can think for herself but she is also very loving and protective. She is a natural at puppy play – even when the other puppies are 1/10th of her size. She was raised with goats (both parents were livestock dogs – on different farms) and she lives in the city. We give her a lot of exercise (physical and mental) but the combination of these two breeds creates balance in terms of personality. Thank you for the video- I need to watch the border collie video now!

  15. Late to the discussion but I have had pyrs for 13 years and we and our neighbors love them. It was amazing to watch our older girl train the younger one, she made it a game but was relentless with the training. We have just adopted a 5 mo old that a couple got for a pet. Poor choice for a house dog but we hope she can be ready to fill the void when the time comes and we loose Annabel.

  16. I have a golden pyrenees and now I know from watching this and what she said why my dog just runs outside and barks and goes around the house.

  17. The Pyrenees were bred White to blend in with the Sheep. So if there were wolves stalking the herd when they heard the dog bark they would not know how many dogs they were up against because they were all looking the same although they have different scents. Pyrenees also bark in one place then run to another place and bark so it sounds like one dog is multiple dogs.

  18. "the sheep are really his family "he likes us we're great but thats who he'd rather hang out with" this is so honest and true! I bought a pup to keep my free-range rabbits and chickens, and my other dogs and kitten company outside expecting my pup to be mostly a house pet. i learned quickly the pup cared more about being with the animals than being inside! they are such a noble breed!

  19. Hello so i am looking for some advice, i have a 4 year old g.p who ive had since he was just a baby. He is amazing, loving, gentle dog. We have about 6 acres , it is not properly fenced to hold him in, and he does not listen to come when called. We tried doing a small pen but he was able to get out. We tried to just let him roam and he gets along with most of our neighbors but some dont want him around. He started running to far. Etc. So we have him on a very long cable in the shade during the day and bring him in at night. I would like to not have to tie him up, but im not able to afford fencing…any advice…thank you

  20. We rescued our Pyr, Everest 3 yrs ago this July 9th. She was less than 24 hrs old, and it’s the best thing I’ve done in my life! We were renting at the time, and had a hard time with landlord because we had her inside. Then he seen how clean I was after her, and all was good. We bought a house that we are still working on, and we still do not have a fence. We keep her inside. She’s happy, she loves us and she does her rounds inside the house at night. My husband worlds nights, so she takes care on me and her little fur brother Xoch, and fur sister Bela (both Malshi) we love her to death. She’s bright is much joy

  21. Its weird hearing people say "we have a 60 acre ranch". That's not even a small farm in West Texas.

  22. We had two great pyrenees when I was a little girl. We had a problem with coyotes coming onto our property and going after our small animals. We got the pyrenees and never had a problem with the coyotes since. Our male pyrenees saw my 3 year old little brother try to venture into the street. He put his body between the street and my brother and herded him like he woulda sheep. He kept him from leaving our yard. This is how we found them.

  23. Just like Koda bear!! I can only imagine what would happen to a city raised Koda when he's out there in the ranch. He'll feel right at home after a round the clock sniff inspection 😛 a gentle giant indeed.

  24. I just watched a video where a great pyrenees named teddy was protecting a newborn calf from its mother, same teddy or nah?

  25. I have a 5.5 month old Male great paranese all white. Looking for a good home for him I don't have the land for him to run freely. Updated shots very smart. His name is ZUES.

  26. Very agressive dogs.
    In France, this dog are free with sheeps in mountain… thoose dogs attack everything and everybody they think to close from sheeps. Especially bike lol

  27. Is it common for a pup to grow up with short fur? I have one of the magnificent dogs he's a year old but has short fur

  28. We have a Great Pyrenees, and they are the best dog hands down. She does great with the chickens , children, and all other dogs. She is the biggest gentle giant

  29. I had a great Pyrenees but had gave her away to a farm as she got to big to be a house dog and was bored at the house all day. I know it was for the better of her life.

  30. I first met a Great Pyrenees dog yesterday from a guy who owned one at a park. I first saw this big and good looking white dog. Oh my gosh he was big! The dog began barking at me like he notices me but no lunging motions as he wants to attack me. As I got closer I saw the dog get excited and circle around his master a few times. The dog also noticed that I was happy to see him. He ran up to me as he wants to put his paws up on my shoulder. His owner pulled him back and went about his way walking with him. On the second circuit around the track the dog saw me again and barked like he wants to greet me. I can understand a greeting bark and an aggressive bark. This dog barked at me with a dog smile, wagging tail, and friendly panting. That can be also dangerous because all big dogs can be deceptive. I just stopped and stood there with a smile and leaned forward and telling this dog that he is a handsome dog. From his owner's leash he ran forward and stopped in front of me and sat with a small bark. I said "Hello…You are a beautiful dog.. The dog stopped and sat and had a smiling an happy face. The owner told me he was alright to pet. I balled my right hand into an fist and put it in front of the dog. The dog then sat in a friendly posture and had a friendly yelp. I petted it and rubbed its chest and scratched behind it's ears and gave it a hug, the dog nearly dropped to the ground wanting maybe a belly rub. It stood back up sitting down looking straight into my eyes. I treated the dog as if it wants attention and gave it to him. Just amazing how a powerful and protective working dog can be so gentle to a complete stranger meeting him for the first time. I was amazed by the discipline for such a big and powerful dog like the Great Pyrenees.

  31. Majority of humanity is sheep, then there is a lot of predators preying on the sheep. But there are also a few Teddies, just a few of them, but still enough to ward off the coyotes. What are you: a sheep, a coyote or the guardian of your flock?

  32. I've had 3 Great Pyrenees over the years: 2 males, 1 female. Awesome dogs, great with my kids from birth and profoundly dedicated… very protective of my children as a couple folks found out; we didn't live in a great area. Lived in the city, later on a farm, the female was with us when we moved, she transitioned well, and immediately took to protecting our birds… although she loved harassing the horses, which she was obviously doing for fun; she was brutal to the coyotes. Our first male was the runt of a litter, still 98 pounds, thought he was a lap dog, lived to be 12; many people have stories about him. Someone poised our second male, he died at 4; I was in college at the time and never really bonded with him… too busy, feel pretty bad about that. We rescued our female when she was 2, while on the farm someone intentionally ran her down when she was 6, most likely the poachers who she repeatedly alerted us about… I say that with confidence because of a statement I made to locals as to what was going to happen to anyone I found on my property from that point forward, and all trespassing ceased.

  33. I miss my great Pyrenees Lulu….she was the bestest, and she was so beautiful when we would get out of the groomers! And even though she was a pampered city pooch, she was a great guardian! And her bark was creepy, and would wake us all up out of deep sleep….well until we got used to it, and started understanding her language.but those doggy hugs, that calm smile, her sweetness with kids, and our chickens was soon heart warming! And then she would patrol wherever we went and unleash her, as if she was casing the place and securing the perimeter. I always felt safe with her……and omg that puppy whimper when we first brought her home, like a little white polar bear!! I miss her so much. I want one now, too bad I'm old and to sick. Maybe I'll get a small dog, my Great Dane is enough big dog for me….

  34. The sheep are his family??? He's looks so happy getting attention and being content to stay with his owner and trainer lol.

  35. I'm grateful for breeds like this. It's better to deter predators than eliminate them and gaurdian breeds make that possible.

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