Guard dogs have been bred for the past 3,000 years to protect flocks of sheep and herds of goats, calves, poultry and other livestock from predators. They are large enough to intimidate or kill predators, withstand extreme weather, and bond with the animals they are protecting.
The dogs we breed here at Wagon Wheel Ranch are cross of the Anatolian Shepard and Akbash. We select our breeding dogs based on their performance in the pastures
From one of our recent clients:
"The pup is working out wonderfully. Here is a photo from Sunday. She's getting along very well on the farm. She's been great. Just wanted to share the update. She is a good little dog. - Michael"
All of our guard dogs were born in pastures, raised alongside the animals they are trained to protect. We advise that you not to purchase a puppy unless you already have a good working guard dog. This is to ensure your puppy receive the training it needs; humans can NOT train effective guard dogs
If this is your first livestock guard dog, you should purchase a 6 month old guard dog that knows their job. We have found that until a guard dog is at least 12 months old, they will "play" with the lambs and kids and may accidentally hurt them. If the dog will be with lambs and kids that have not been weaned you will need to purchase a dog that is 12 to 18 months old.
Our general prices are as follows:
>8 weeks $350.00
>10 weeks $475.00 plus
the cost of vaccinations
>4 months old $600.00 plus the cost of vaccinations
>5 months old $700.00 plus the cost of vaccinations
>6-7 months old $800.00 plus the cost of vaccinations
>7 months old $900.00 plus the cost of vaccinations
>8 months old $1000.00 plus the cost of vaccinations
>9 months old $1100.00 plus the cost of vaccinations
>10 months old $1200.00 plus the cost of vaccinations
>11 months old $1300.00
plus the cost of vaccinations
>12+ months old $1,400.00 plus the cost of vaccinations
We work to match our dogs to the
needs of the farmer. A very active dog will not do good in a small pasture
with a few animals. Some dogs will guard chickens while others eat them. We
have dogs that are fine with our "pet dogs" while others would kill our pet dogs if they enter the pasture they are guarding.
A new pup cannot be put into a pasture with your livestock and expect it to guard against much larger predators such as like wild dogs, neighborhood dogs, or coyotes.
Until a LGD reaches a year old, they are not ready to handle themselves
against these predators which means they learn to fear them instead of learning from
an older dog to show aggression for protection of the herd.
It is best if you email or call Brian Schiner to discuss your situation and specific needs in order to recommend a dog that will work for you.