the goat business, we tried alternative measures to avoid putting
guard dogs in the pastures at TCF - elaborate fencing, donkeys, and
domestic dogs on the exterior perimeter just to name a few. We
soon fell victim to attacks from bears and coyotes despite our
efforts. Being dealers of high performance livestock, this was
an expensive mistake on our part. We quickly realized that
having effective guard dogs running with our herds would be the only
way to get any sleep without worry.
and breeds Pyrenees and Pyrenees/Anatolian cross defense dogs.
We currently have 15+ mature canines as guard dogs and breeding
stock. Though many of our stock dogs are registered, TCF does
not register its pups. We have seen many pups with great
pedigrees that turned out to be lousy guard dogs. As Nancy
Gilleland of Gainesville, GA says, "a coyote will never stop at the
fence to ask your dogs if they have their papers!" We have
chosen to focus on performance, not pedigree.
Guard dogs being
"raised with goats" does not mean they will be effective, or even
guarantee that they themselves won't be predators of newborn kids.
Developing a "kid friendly" guard dog requires some minor training
on the part of the breeder and the eventual owner. We
begin this with TCF pups at weaning and explain our methods when you
pick them up. A guard dog will instinctively desire to do a
good job for you. Our methods make it clear to the dog what is
expected so it is able to do just that.
Pricing for TCF
Livestock Defense Dogs begins at $150, subject to gender and