From a new " Great Pyr " Fan and human "mom"
by Kelley Scott
Kelley and Jaq Frost
I truely enjoyed this story and after years of showing pomeranians, I am totally smitten with these big guardians.
My step daughter recently got a pitbull as a guard dog and I saw problems right from the start. He eventually went after her and she had to have him euthanized.I have never been a fan of dog/human aggressive breeds.
After doing much research, my fiancee and I decided a Pyr was the dog for us. I still have about 15 little pommies, and we just moved to a very rural area with a coyote population. I was looking for a gentle breed that would keep predators away from my little ones.
We purchased two male Pyr pups from a farm in Southern Indiana. They are thirteen weeks old and weigh in at 52 lbs. and 47 lbs. They are very quiet and gentle with the poms, and so far, have no problems with toy and food sharing. We take them to parks and let kids hug and kiss them and people pet them and talk to them. They are cautious at first and then happily give kisses.
I only take then off the property on leads or in the car. They already know the property lines and are pretty good about staying home. We keep them in a large yard with high fencing when we are not with them.
They come into the house and stay until they knock things off the coffee table wrestling or wagging their tails. I have had a couple of Irish Wolfhounds in the past, and am familiar with the giant dog issues. (They can reach anything on tables and shelves) and we are careful feeding them in raised bowls. We do not feed them scraps from the grill or table and don't allow any competition for food or treats.
So far these are the MOST affectionate, gentle and intelligent pups I have ever had the pleasure of living with. They get into plenty of juvenile trouble since they are babies. They are very stubborn and require a lot of patience when we are training. When they understand that we are more stubborn, they always give in.
I have noticed that you have to give them a chance to think about what you have told them to do. They will listen in their own time.
I hope to read more about these amazing dogs. I am totally in love with my two. (Jaq Frost and Sir Duke). I plan to have both neutered at around 9 months to avoid any male dominance issues when girls come into season.
So far, they are everything I have hoped for and maybe even more! :0)