by Jackie Wierengo
We moved from a subdivision in 2014 with our 10 year old German Shepherd, Bichon and Chiweenie to five acres of peace and quiet. Before we even were even unpacked we had two coyote sightings. I was afraid my old Shepherd would have trouble by herself defending the little dogs and knew coyotes could jump our five foot fence. I researched what dog would be good for protecting them and the Pyr kept coming up on screen. Never owned one but called a breeder for info. I spoke to her for about 45 min and realized that she was interviewing me instead of the other way around. She explained that she starts temperament testing shortly after birth and she chooses which pup you get according to your family's needs, lifestyle and other pets. At first it seemed odd to me not to get to choose but I agreed. Well, she chose Kip for us and he has been the best dog I've ever had. I guarded him when he was out until he was big enough to take over and we haven't seen a coyote since. He patrols the entire fenceline every time he's out and if he see something he doesn't like, his bark is ferocious and he will not come in until the perceived threat is gone. He also watches for the big Redtail Hawks that could hurt the little dogs. Yet, he comes in and cuddles up to my 8 month old grandson and is very gentle around him. This week he is starting Therapy Dog class. His calm, loving temperament is too good to keep to ourselves. I feel the Pyr is the best of both worlds when it comes to dogs. You've got the gentle, loving teddy bear in the house and a snarling, vicious animal outside to protect the yard.
The story of Frank and the bear is awesome. I hope Kip never has to go up against anything so dangerous but he would rise to the occasion, I'm sure.