Our mama dog Sophie had her puppies November 1st! The puppies are now 3 weeks old and starting to bark and get incredibly… CUTE.
Sophie is half Akbash and half Pyrenees, and Bandit the daddy is Pyrenees. Both are livestock guardian breeds, meaning it is in their blood to protect livestock (rather than eat them) and also protect their ‘families’… in fact, Bandit stays fenced in with the chickens (even very young ones) all day and sleeps among them while they climb on him. But as for coyotes, they don’t stand a chance on our farm… The Akbash breed are rated the top livestock guardian dogs. So Sophie is actually on the ball for all 24 hours, even more than Bandit (who likes to sleep during the day) They are both sweethearts when it comes to humans, especially their family, and especially babies and toddlers. They see them as their ‘flock’ and will ‘check on them’ to see if they are OK…
Here is Sophie right after she gave birth to her pups:
We have 5 healthy little pups, 3/4 Pyrenees, and 1/4 Akbash. From the picture above, you can see 6 puppies. The one on the far right died shortly after this picture was taken (shortly after birth). 😦
Here are the puppies! There are 3 pure white, and two with markings, although the markings will fade to almost white as they grow older within the next couple of months.
We are all really enjoying this puppy experience! WARNING: These puppies will get much cuter in the next couple of weeks. They will be ready just in time for Christmas, on December 20th, for adoption. There will be an adoption fee for the pups… please email me if you are interested, or know anyone who may be interested!
Here is Bandit, the papa: