Fort Causeway Farm

Fort Causeway Livestock Guardian Dogs and Puppies

Ok you got us. There may be a small chance that we have chosen to sustainably farm just in order to co-inhabit a property with these big fluffy tough white dogs. But honestly, they have an intregral role to fill on the farm. The Great Pyrenees breed of dogs have been utilized for generations as livestock guardian dogs. They bond with their surrounding land and animals, and by instinct learn to protect. Watch out you sneaky hawks, eagles, weasels, coyotes, bears, racoons, foxes, and neighbor dogs, there are a couple beautiful white fluffy sheriffs in town!

Livestock Guarding Information

Predators are one of the most common causes of sheep fatalities, especially for grazing based farms. At Fort Causeway, we use Great Pyrenees as Livestock Guardians (or LGDs). We have found the Pyrenees to be loyal and dependable working dogs with the intelligence to know when to be tough and when to be gentle. Since we have a smaller farm, our Pyrenees function best doing perimeter control, which is largely preventative in nature. Instead of spending all their time with the sheep, they patrol the perimeter of the property, marking their territory and keeping our main predators from coming too close. They also patrol the skies and will chase off hawks from below. Our LGDs never bring stress or harm to the sheep. The dogs blend in with the herd and their presence is accepted and almost ignored, except for the cutest of rituals when a dog welcomes a new lamb with a light nose-to-nose touch!

Breeding Information

Finding a good farm/ranch dog can be tough, but a good farm dog is priceless for a farm or ranch operation. We also understand that smaller farms or acreages are often looking for a good dog too. One of the reasons we mix breeds is for hybrid vigor. Breed crosses tend to be healthier overall than purebreds, even registered purebreds. We also like to combine characterisitics of different breeds for the small farms or acreages to try to get the best dogs for these homes and farms.

Please see below for information on our favorite breed crosses, training tips and more about how we get these pups started off right.