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Tue Jan 7, 2020, 06:36 PM

Great Pyrenees needs rescue, or will be put down

Everybody that's ever wanted one of these big guys, here's your chance (unless you have sheep). I felt compelled to post.



"Hi, I have a 2 year old Great Pyrenees named Caesar He is a great dog, he just has been going after my neighbors sheep . He needs a good loving home Please give me a call 731-363-5442

CONTACT
Henry County
Paris, Tennessee

EMAIL Rhonda Conger: 731-363-5442"
http://greatpyrenees.rescueme.org/Tennessee

Anyone with questions about the breed, please PM me. I have 3 of them, all rescues. They are wonderful dogs! It sounds like this one has been running loose.

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Reply Great Pyrenees needs rescue, or will be put down (Original post)
Bayard Jan 7 OP
Duppers Jan 7 #1
Duppers Jan 7 #2
applegrove Jan 7 #3
TexasProgresive Jan 7 #5
applegrove Jan 7 #7
Doodley Jan 7 #4
TexasProgresive Jan 7 #6
Bayard Jan 7 #8
TexasProgresive Jan 7 #12
Doodley Jan 7 #9
TexasProgresive Jan 7 #11
hermetic Jan 8 #14
Bayard Jan 7 #10
femmocrat Jan 8 #13

Response to Bayard (Original post)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 06:53 PM

1. He's a beautiful guy. Can't let him be put down.

You well know how sweet these dogs are.

Our old black Lab, my deceased mother's dog, goes after every critter he can but there's NO way we'd let him be put down. He's leashed 98% of the time.

Hope this guy finds a home off the range - no access to livestock. (Re: old song "Home on the Range."

Keep us DUers updated. Thanks, Bayard.

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 06:55 PM

2. Cross-post in the lounge perhaps?

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 06:56 PM

3. Love the breed. Didn't know they got aggressive.

Good luck.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 07:12 PM

5. We have lived with Pyrs and Maremmas for over 40 years to protect our dairy goats.

This boy's behavior is troublesome. The way they are trained is to bond them with the livestock they are to live with and protect. This means getting them fairly young into the herd, flock or whatever at 5 weeks. The become a part of the herd just with claws and big teeth. Our goat kids have stood on top of our dogs which has got to be uncomfortable. We have a neighbor who has a menagerie of various birds from guineas to emus, sheep, donkeys and goats. He has 4 or 5 Pyrs who protect them all. But all were raised with the animals.

These dogs can be very aggressive if their family is threatened. Caesar must feel the sheep are enemies. I hope someone takes this big boy.

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Response to TexasProgresive (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 07:23 PM

7. Vibes that Caesar finds a better situation.

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 06:58 PM

4. As the owner of a ten year old GP, I recommend this breed of dog.

Great guard dog, very loyal, not high energy or too demanding, gets on with children and pets. They are herders, so not surprised about going after sheep. A GP will give a big smile to greet family members. Gives as much in love as any big dog can. So, if you need a wonderful addition to your family, please save Caesar.

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Response to Doodley (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 07:22 PM

6. I disagree that Pyrs are herders. They are livestock protection dogs.

In the Pyrenees where they come from are called the Grand Chien des Pyrénées (The big dog of the Pyrenees). These dogs are the sheep's dog. The shepherds have there own dog who is much smaller and is the herding dog. Here's how our dogs work with the goats. I open the night pasture gate and she is with me. She goes out alone checking for danger and then by some mysterious method communicates with her goats that they can come out.

The never chase after the goats. If the dogs are in the pastures at night and the goats are locked up they will go around the boundaries giving what we call a "signal bark." They are letting the enemies know that they are present and alert. Our dogs tend to rest a lot during the day but they are still alert to danger.

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Response to TexasProgresive (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 08:00 PM

8. That's right

They are LSG--Livestock Guardian dogs, not herders. They were bred to take out predators.

But if you want a LSG, they must be raised with those animals from a very young age. We have a very large Amish population here, and they use them extensively to guard goats/sheep.

Pyrs were also bred to be independent, and make their own decisions, while on patrol. They LOVE their people, and will protect them, but obedience--not so much. If you leave them out at night, they're going to bark. Its their job. We joke about them hearing a butterfly fart. Our guys are in the house at night.

All three of ours were pets that we got from 4-6 yrs old. They pretty much ignore our goats. Every once in awhile they'll chase a cat or a duck, just for the hell of it.

They are gentle and smart. Excellent watch dogs. And BTW--they don't eat any more than any other large dog, even my 120 to 150 pounders. They spend a lot of time sleeping!

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Response to Bayard (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 11:06 PM

12. You are absolutely correct about head strong

They know their job and do it without any direction, thank you very much.
A funny story about two of our Pyrs. We always give a little collar and leash training for when we have to visit the vet. These 2 thought it was fun. If they saw the other on leash she would sit with neck stretched out for the collar. "I'll show her how it's done." Perfect heeling, sit and come. Take the collar off and it's "what, you want me to obey? Get serious, man."

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Response to TexasProgresive (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 08:32 PM

9. I stand corrected. Anyway, do you recommend a GP to somebody who reads this thread?

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Response to Doodley (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 10:57 PM

11. Yes, they are great and loyal dogs

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Response to TexasProgresive (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 8, 2020, 12:41 PM

14. Love this!

A new neighbor moved into the house behind me this past spring. They have a GP named Jill. I went over right away and introduced myself, to the dog, with treats and pets and she immediately became my good buddy. Anytime I go out in the yard now she will whine until I go over and talk to her. She is such a sweetheart. Someone would be doing themselves a great favor by adopting this guy in the OP.

p.s. I love goats, too. I love to visit them around here.

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 10:02 PM

10. Absolutely!

But like most breeds, they need to do a little research.

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Wed Jan 8, 2020, 10:18 AM

13. Hope he finds a great home.

He’s a beauty!

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