Karakachan Livestock Guardian Dogs

When I began with my "gift" of three bottle babies one spring, I had the land but no proper fencing or shelter for them and learned very quickly that I had done things backwards. I always recommend to prospective goat owners to have their facilities in place before getting the animals. Good fencing is extremely important for keeping the animals where you want them and to keep predators out. I also learned the hard way after I had had my goats for a couple of years, that I also needed more than good fencing. I will never forget finding some of my goats dead and dying after neighbor's dogs had gotten in with them. It was then that I began my partnership with livestock guardian dogs to keep my animals safe.  

Over the years, I have had several breeds of guardian dogs and they have worked well.  In 2007, I got my first Karakachan (it took me forever to learn how to spell it) from Dr. Phil Sponenberg who brought the first of this breed to the US from Bulgaria. I have found these dogs to be smart, dedicated to their job, and with wonderful temperaments. I never intended to breed but found some of my dogs to be such well-balanced guard dogs that I felt their genes could add a lot to perpetuating what is best about his breed. Here are some pictures of my wonderful dogs.

                The Dogs of Kid Hollow Farm
 

The next planned litter will be a repeat breeding of Ava and Henry in early fall.

Georgia and Otis
Georgia and Otis
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Their litter 3/10/22
Their litter 3/10/22
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First car ride
First car ride
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Exploring
Exploring
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The Georgia/Otis litter arrived March 10, 2022. This is a beautiful litter with a variety of colors and patterns from parents with excellent temperaments and guarding qualities. Both parents have very good hips (PennHip evaluated). Several males are available.
Previous Litters
Ava/Henry Litter 9/12/21
Ava/Henry Litter 9/12/21
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Proud mom, Nikolina.
Proud mom, Nikolina.
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Ava/Henry Litter 9/2/20
Ava/Henry Litter 9/2/20
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First Puppy
First Puppy
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Yeah!
Yeah!

Finally out

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Sweet Sleep
Sweet Sleep
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A Big Pile of Puppies
A Big Pile of Puppies
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Big Bellies
Big Bellies

Three days old

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Holding Mama's Paw
Holding Mama's Paw
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Making Sure they all get to eat
Making Sure they all get to eat
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Foundation Dogs
To see a copy of the adult dog's pedigree, click on the dog's image and then on "Go to link." All breeding dogs have been PennHip certified. 
Rosie
Rosie
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Otis
Otis

Otis is one of Rosie's sons.

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Ava
Ava

Daughter of Rosie

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Henry
Henry
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Nikolina
Nikolina
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Georgia
Georgia
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Molly
Molly
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Anna
Anna
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Otto
Otto

My first Karakachan in 2007.

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Nikolina
Nikolina

On duty

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Ava and Henry
Ava and Henry
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Rosie
Rosie
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Rosie and Rayna
Rosie and Rayna

Rosie has a incredibly calm personality.

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Henry
Henry

Henry guarding his rock.

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Henry
Henry

Securing his claim.

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Henry
Henry

Henry rolling off his rock.

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Henry
Henry

The humiliation is complete.

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Rosie
Rosie
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Henry
Henry

Guarding the boys

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Puppy Gallery

Puppies learn to sit
Puppies learn to sit
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Ride in cars
Ride in cars
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Socialize with children
Socialize with children
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Live with chickens and goats
Live with chickens and goats
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Hannah
Hannah
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Rosie and Henry Litter
Rosie and Henry Litter
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Rosie's Pups
Rosie's Pups

Enjoying the rain

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Otis
Otis
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Otis
Otis

Otis with his brother Luka

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Rosie's Puppies
Rosie's Puppies

Learning to share

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Rosie's Pups
Rosie's Pups

Exhausted after a morning of play

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Rosie's Pups
Rosie's Pups

Pups learning to get along with others

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