Should I get pups or grown dogs

by Mary white
(Rathdrum id)

I have had Pyrenees dogs for 20 years. My last one just died and I'm missing chickens already. I was going to get a pup as usual but a family is moving and need to find a home for a breeding pair. The male is 9 months and the female is 8 months. They are not related. Would it be better to start fresh with pups or are these young enough to adjust and bond?

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Aug 22, 2016
Working dog
by: Donna

They are young enough to learn the ropes. Neither will be ready to be alone with the chickens until they are a year and half. They are still pups and like to play and chickens may become toys for them. Keep them leashed with you in the yard with the chickens and penned when you are not.

Please spay and neuter your dogs unless you're ready for the work.

A female should only be bred twice maybe three times (she must be very healthy) in her lifetime. The male shouldn't be used too many times, either.

If you're planning on having pups from these two, There is much work involved. It's a 24/7 job to socialize and handle them by many many different people, as well as getting them registered with a recognized kennel club.

Then, there is also doing at least three generations of researching to ensure there are no health or temperament issue with these dogs.

Shelters and rescues are full of unwanted dogs including Pyrs. There are people who just breed for the money. They don't interview the people to whom the pups go. They don't bother socializing their pups with many many different people, do generational research and they even let pups go at 6 weeks old.

Inevitably, these dogs end up in shelters because people didn't do their research. They saw the dog barks a lot, wanders, digs holes in their garden, sheds year round and became big. These dogs end up being euthanized because shelters are full to overflowing.

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