How old can a Pyr protect against coyotes?

by Devin
(San Marcos, CA)

At what age can a Pyr start protecting against coyotes? Ours is just 8 weeks. We are wondering when it is safe to let him have free range of an acre, all night. We have many coyoyes that come onto the property. Is he too young to defend himself?

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by: Donna

Pyrs keep them away because they stand their ground and will bark and growl in order to drive them away. If they have too, they'll start to attack at which point, the coyote(s) should recede.

Yes. He is way too young. They'll eat him.

Your pup isn't ready until about 1.5 years old.

You will want to get a second dog, maybe an older one and female to help with the task (and allow the other dog to have a rest but will always jump into action as required). She would also be a mentor for pup.

You might consider adopting a Pyr. The National Pyr Rescue should be able to point you in the right direction. Google rescues in your area, as well.

Depending on how that goes, you may consider another Pyr if that many coyotes keep coming around.

Ensure you neuter your male at about 2 two years old. Make sure he doesn't make pups in the meantime. Intact dogs will wander. An adopted dog will come already spayed.

If a pack of coyotes come around, one dog cannot keep them all at bay.

I hope this helps.

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