Or a gooey chocolate chip cookie.
Or a giant snapping turtle.
And here he is...
Meet our livestock guardian dog (lgd), Gus!
|Seven weeks old.|
|Introducing the two babies. :)|
|Right on the job, guarding "his" baby.|
And here he is just the other day, at almost 14 weeks old (3 1/2 months). Growing like a weed!
It was high time we had another dog! Someday we would love to have a Border Collie, but that didn't seem like the best option for us right now. High energy puppy and a baby?! Nope, not a good mix. Plus, we really wanted this dog to be a larger guard dog.
Gus is an Anatolian Shepherd/Great Pyrenees cross. So he's gonna be big. Over a 100 lbs. I think that's big enough for us. Consistent training is definitely a must. But he is the opposite of hyper, so that makes it much easier. And don't let the "shepherd" in Anatolian Shepherd confuse you, he is not a herding dog. He is a guarding dog. *smile*
He is growing into a wonderful dog. Good with the animals, good with Ivy. We couldn't be happier with our choice! He's a bit shy around the sheep, but I really can't blame him. Mama sheep are protective of their lambs, and he's been knocked over quite a few times now. However, he seems to be bonding well with the cat, goats, rams, pigs, ducks, and chickens. Gus especially likes the cat and the pigs. And I think he'll do well with the ewes eventually, too.
Although he is an LGD, he will not be spending all of his time in with the sheep or other animals. His job description would be "Guardian of Ivy, and protector of this property, including the animals". So a watch dog and family dog, basically. *smile*
He is such a love bug! And I love how "floppy" he is. Trips over his own feet and is all "I meant to do that." It is adorable!
By the way, we named him after Gus from the TV show Psych. *grin* Plus, it's a nice short name that is easy for him to learn, and (hopefully) will be easy for Ivy to say once she's talking.
So what do you thinking of Gus?
Have you ever had a LGD?
Would you want one?
I want to know!