Abigail, Ms. LGD

I’ve had quite a bit of interest and questions about our ‘Livestock Guard Dog,’ Abby. 

Baby Abby

Abby at 10 weeks old!

She is an Anatolian Shepherd and Great Pyrenees cross, born and bred to be a guardian of sheep.  Her mom, Lisa, was the Anatolian and her dad was the Pyrenees, both of which were expert guard dogs of Polypay sheep in central California.  We’ve really run into a bit of bad luck regarding the loss of sheep this past year due to coyotes and we researched and found that if you have a predator problem already, you should get a LGD as they’re most effective.  So that’s what we did! 

Abby is a wonderful ‘little’ pup, (little in age, not size).  She’s currently five months old and as big as our boxer cross, Oliver, and our border collie cross, Levi!

Abby & Levi

Sneaky girl going after Levi’s tail.  He hates that.

Abby keeps Levi in bright spirits… well, actually to tell the truth he isn’t too excited about knowing her.  He thinks she’s rather obnoxious, but one day when she doubles his weight, he’ll wish he was her friend.

Did I mention she loves the snow?  Oh yes, this girl and snow are ‘one’ together.  She rolls around and lies in it just as content as can be.  Her hair coat is medium length and very dense, not quite like the Anatolian and not quite like the Pyrenees which is good for us where we live.  We have extreme temperature fluctuations in the summer, 90-100 degrees during the day and down in the 50’s and sometimes 40’s at night.  It can be quite enough to freeze you out.  I was hoping that Abby wouldn’t have the super long coat of the Pyrenees because then I would have to shave her like Levi and keeping burrs out of her coat would not be fun at all.

While Abby is cute, adorable, large, adorable, cute, adorable… did I mention that she’s adorable?  I do believe that these types of dogs should only be owned by someone with large enough acreage.  They are a working breed, Abby would chew down your house if she didn’t have things to keep her occupied… and yes, she does chew anything she can find and steal without your knowledge.  And she’s very quick about it.

So, yes this face does look innocent, intelligent, bright, adorable… oh there I go again… She does have special needs.  Needs to have a job, to do her own thing, to display her sudden bursts of hard-headedness, to bark in the night (something your neighbors would not think she was adorable for), and to protect what she must.  At five months, these traits are very strong and only to get stronger with age. 

“I only look sweet and innocent.”


About mudranch

I live in the country, I love to take photos, I'm a shepherdess, I adore my husband and daughter, I walk in the will of Christ.

Posted on February 8, 2008, in Abigail, LGD and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. OMG I must make sure Callie does not see one of those I am having a constant battle that we need another dog ” says Callie” BUT when we go to bed I have half the bed shared with two dogs and sort of squeeze myself between them and Callie has the other half . Must admit she is so lovely and Callie is as well which is why I forgive her .



  2. Ah Ha! I see my husband has been visiting. We would love another puppy! Especially one as fuzzy and as cute as yours! LOL

  3. Your right … she is absolutely adorable & gorgeous, and Steve I think you should buy one for Callie, just think how warm your feet would be with an abby at the bottom of the bed! 🙂

    Gorgeous pictures Joan

  4. Absolutely cute & beautiful

  5. The ranch we worked on in New Mexico had a brother and sister GP x Anatolians. They were both pure white. Bonnie and Clyde.

    We got Atticus because we missed them so much. He is GP but instead of Anatolian, he is Akbash.

    I love him!

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