Large breed guardian dogs, for livestock protection.
The initial breeding stock arrived by way of Misty Acres Farm in Michigan. This was a registered Kangal female pup. This first breeding dog is registered with the United Kennel Club Registering Offices. The second batch came from a mixed breed of LGD’s displaying lay-back personalities. The first litter has been produced and sold.
As evident (below), the young Echo has turned out to be a reliable guardian and a natural mother for her first litter. With a fondness for rare breeds, I felt an immediate attraction for the mixed breeds. The price is better and the disposition can be managed with careful breeding combination
The concept here is to find sufficient dogs to protect the many corrals and breeding groups on the ranch. We may try future breeding to see how this mix turns out (Kangal and Maremma). My intent is to offer a cross breed mix of working dogs that also have suitable personalities. The mix choice was made easier considering the fact that both breed has been guarding livestock for thousands of years and that duty is well established in their genes. The instinct to protect, does not have to be taught. At the same time, the breeds is very social and fond of friends and family. It is important to note that his is a working dog breed that is only suited for certain situations/locations.
The above photo better explains our effort to do mixed breeding. When I started out buying registered Kangals for $1,000 each it got to be too expensive for a working ranch. The registered Kangal bitch is closest to Becky. Notice the creme color and the shorter hair. Also the black ears/muzzle are classic characteristics of the Kangal breed. The breeding sire is a good natured Maramma (breed from central Italy). When we did our first litter all 8 pups came out with total Kangal characteristics. We sold 6 pups early. We saved 2 pups so they could have play partners for the first couple years. We have interest for a new rancher out of Colo. to buy one of the pups (now a two year old adult female). We have been asked to produce a fresh new litter.
All pups are cute, Kangals are no exception. This is what they looked like around 8 weeks of age. We let them have free run of the ranch for the first couple of months so they could better socialize. After that they were assigned corrals (to prepare for guardian work).
This is a better photo example of the adult dogs mixing with the sheep. In this case the sheep are ewes checking out the wife.