We have depended on Livestock Guardian Dogs to protect our goats since 1993. We began with Merema-Great Pyrenees crosses and have had many generations of guardians, mostly Great Pyrenees (some rescues) and two Anatolian Shepherds. We usually have a team of 5-6 permanent dogs at any given time, spread among our various goat and poultry pens. We often have puppies of various ages and stages of training as well. We feel LGDs are our best protection for our goats and poultry. We have used a llama to work in a remote roadside pasture with our sheep where we do not feel a dog would be well suited, due to its proximity to the road and neighbors, without our supervision.
We breed for temperament (gentle disposition, strong bonds to their charges, even level of physical activity), intelligence, moderate size, healthy sound conformation, and longevity. Our dogs's first job is to care for our herd and flocks but we also appreciate them very much for their companionship to us as well. They are all our friends, family members, and beloved pets. We began breeding AKC registered Purebred Great Pyrenees in 2002 and have also bred our Anatolian bitch to our Great Pyrenees stud resulting in several litters per year. We expect that at least half will work as LGDs.
We offer puppies with both unrestricted and restricted AKC registrations as well as crossbred for the positive traits they bring from both parental breeds. We receive regular positive reports from their owners (as far away as Oregon and the US Virgin Islands). We sell a number as house pets as well (one went to a show breeder) and their owners also keep us up to date as to their activities. A good friend participates in dog carting with her Pyr. It is common for us to hear "This is the best puppy we've ever had!" "The smartest," The easiest to train," "Most responsible," "The most wonderful, sweetest, beautiful..." The Great Pyrenees are a versatile breed, as much at home sleeping on a bed of hay with their herd of goats as reclining on a bed of pillows! Here's a nice article about another farm's experience integrating LGDs into their predator management.
For LGDs we strongly recommend a pair or team of spayed/neutered dogs. Two working together is much more than twice the protection of two single dogs. They support one another in work and in play they will preferentially seek each other for rough-and-tumble over chasing your livestock. Our experience is that training two pups is MUCH easier than training one alone. If you are purchasing a second dog to complement/overlap with an older LGD you will also experience these benefits as well as the benefit that the older LGD will mentor the pup. We do offer a discount for multiple purchases from the same litter.
They are a very social dog who was bred to be a livestock guardian and thus bonded to their charges (mine are). If they aren't working with livestock they form strong bonds to, and want to be with, their people, so they do make great pets in the right situation. They hate to be alone; a lonely Pyr is a miserable Pyr and will make you a miserable Pyr owner. Such a dog will get into mischeif and have a barking problem. If you are home with the dog most of the time it should be very happy and you can train it not to bark much (though all dogs do bark). It is especially important to do basic obedience training with Pyrs for several reasons: they are really smart dogs and need the intelectual stimulation, it reinforces the bond between you and the dog, and establishes you as the alpha in the relationship - you don't want to try to muscle or pull an 120# dog, you want it to want to please you and to do what you ask.
Our Great Pyrenees are AKC registered and all breeding animals are cleared for hip and other genetic issues.
Izzy is a Pyr-Anatolian cross out of Genevieve's first litter. She is an excellent mother and has produced several healthy litters of puppies.
Named in memory of our long-time farm mascot, Rosasharn Teddy , Teddie has a super sweet personality and has become a farm favorite in her own right. She delivered her first litter in January 2018.
Charlie is our current purebred Great-Pyr stud and we have been thrilled with the puppies he has produced.
Cricket is about 7/8 Pyr and 1/8 Anatolian. She more closely resembles our Anatolians, an independent worker, and tends to have a bit stronger personality than most of our Pyrs. She is very territorial of her pasture and seems comfortable as a solo LGD when her companions are on other assignments. She is gentle and devoted with her charges and very sociable with people.
"Annette" is our primary poultry guardian. She delivered a first small litter by Charlie in late 2020. Annette is very flexible and comfortable as either a LGD or house dog.
Lola lives with our mature goats, usually out on "big pasture" She is a team player but generally prefers the company of particular team mates, often males over other females.
Mala is everybody's sweetheart! She is very docile and gets along with everyone. She is super sweet with people and she is Rosasharn Marie Antoinette back up poultry guardian. She does not like to work alone and craves companionship, both dog and human.
Morpheus was a working LGD for many years before his herd was dispersed. We are absolutely thrilled to have him back as a purebred Pyr stud.
Junebug is the queen of the farm and a very special dog to us. She is 1/4 Anatolian Shepard and three of her grandparents are Rosasharn stock; Rosasharn's Claire d'Lune , Rosasharn Ahu , and Rosasharn's Cu Chulainn . She has a very strong personality and needs to know what is happening all the time. She delivered her first litter in 2015 and continues to be an excellent LGD, mother to her pups, and midwife to our does.
Goldie may be 7/8 Great Pyr, but his personality is all Anatolian Shepard. He is happiest out in the large pasture with his flock and tends to be quite shy (but friendly) around people.
Andorra's daughter Claire is one of our retired breeding females. She is big and bodacious and a great LGD. After taking a four-year break, she surprised us with a litter of eight healthy pups on New Years Day 2017.
Bianca is a very small Great Pyr with a big, friendly personality. Equally comfortable in the house or in the barn, she has retired from her livestock guardian duties and now works part-time as a therapy dog.
Genevieve raised three large litters before passing away following an accident in early 2017. She was a dedicated and friendly LGD and an excellent mother. We miss her terribly, but are lucky to have three of her offspring (Rosasharn Izzy , Rosasharn Goldie , and Rosasharn Je-Suis Teddie ) caring for our herd and raising puppies of their own.
Chloe, littermate to Rosasharn's Okimo Genevieve , is another of our retired breeding females. She delivered a litter of nine in February 2015 by the same Pyr-Anatolian stud as her sister. She is an incredibly friendly and skilled LGD who now has a flock of her own in California, where she is also mentoring one of Rosasharn Izzy 's pups.
Teddy came here as a rescue in 2000 and was already a full-grown dog. We believe he was at least 18 years old when he passed away in the summer of 2016.
Andorra, the matriarch of our line, was our first breeding female.
Ajax was our first stud.
Cu Chulainn was a favorite stud dog here and produced lovely pups. He had a huge friendly personality and was known by all the neighbors who he regularly visited. He was fearless and once cornered a coyote in the barn before we dispatched it. Sadly he died early of a spinal tumor.
Ahu is the matriarch of our Anatolian-Pyr cross lines.
Doug is a farm dog in Western Rhode Island and our favorite outside stud. He is mostly Great Pyr, but his bit of Anatolian is evident in his pups.