I only have 2 acres so for know only 1 to see if she can be happy on a small amount of land. I'm really torn about breeds. We all perfer short haired dogs but it seams only pyr are human kid friendly. I've got 3 and there going to be out there with the goats a lot. So a family/ guard dog is a big need. I've heard it's ok to let them be part of the family as long as he stays with the herd. This decision is a big one and this is why I'm asking questions and looking up info know. Spring will hopefully be ready for one.
We have experience breeding/raising and placing LGD. (Pups, juveniles & young adults.) I have spoken with families who have other breeds...but we have Maremmas or Maremma-X.
Most LGD take 36mo to mature fully. They are still very much puppies at 12mo old...but look big like an adult.
We have Maremma working on small acreage...and have sent our dogs to farms 14 acres or less. BUT-- they bark--all LGD bark---neighbors can complain. Keep that in mind. You cannot train an LGD NOT to bark...it would be like training a Lab not to swim...
You'll also need to consider how much hands on time you have. An LGD puppy will require a LOT of hours of input throughout the first 12 months (unless you have an adult-PROVEN LGD to raise the pup for you.) Not "training" per sey...more babysitting, teach-by-example, and re-inforcement of good behaviour.
It's not so scary to buy your first one. We were all confused at first too, and we learned they are very good by instinct alone...you just need to "mold them" a little like you do with toddler children.
But as a breeder, we make sure everyone understands fully
the commitment of owning an LGD before a purchase, during a purchase, and after a purchase. Our goals are for the farm to have what they need from our dogs...and our dogs to be happy with a lifetime working home. It will be a 3yr process of a puppy growing to full adult.
I have several families who'd be happy to talk with you about their experiences with both juvenile verses puppy. They've gotten both from us and see the differences. They can tell you how Maremmas are.
Also to consider: Maremmas are excellent with children and pets. Loyal and brave...and come in a variety of coat types... I have heard that Anatolians and Akbash are more aggressive/intense than Maremmas. Suitable for work where you need aggressive bravery.
There is a lot of info on our website(s) about the Maremma breed, training and examples of dogs with family yet work the farm too. there is a chart there too, of a USDA survey on LGD breeds....oddly the crossbreds (hybrids) scored highest.
We'll have pups Oct 1st, and if they are not all sold by CHRISTmas, some will stay for juvenile training and be ready in the Spring.
Please feel free to contact me at any time for help. Always glad to share my experience/knowledge.
And you don't have to buy one of our pups to pick my brain :thinking:
Link: Maremma History and some video etc
Also a page with photos of Maremma with children/pets: