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

                       To see a copy of the adult dog's pedigree, click on the dog's image and then on "Go to link."

All puppies from the last litter are doing well in their new home. The next planned breeding is a repeat of Ava and 
Henry in the next month or so with puppies due at the end of summer. Fingers crossed. Their last litter was wonderful.                                                       

Proud mom, Nikolina.
Proud mom, Nikolina.
Ava/Henry Litter 9/2/20
Ava/Henry Litter 9/2/20
First Puppy
First Puppy
Yeah!
Yeah!

Finally out

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

Three days old

Holding Mama's Paw
Holding Mama's Paw
Making Sure they all get to eat
Making Sure they all get to eat
Rosie
Rosie
Otis
Otis

Otis is one of Rosie's sons.

Ava
Ava

Daughter of Rosie

Henry
Henry
Nikolina
Nikolina
Molly
Molly
Anna
Anna
Otto
Otto

My first Karakachan in 2007.

Nikolina
Nikolina

On duty

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

Rosie has a incredibly calm personality.

Henry
Henry

Henry guarding his rock.

Henry
Henry

Securing his claim.

Henry
Henry

Henry rolling off his rock.

Henry
Henry

The humiliation is complete.

Rosie
Rosie
Henry
Henry

Guarding the boys

Puppy Gallery

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

Enjoying the rain

Otis
Otis
Otis
Otis

Otis with his brother Luka

Rosie's Puppies
Rosie's Puppies

Learning to share

Rosie's Pups
Rosie's Pups

Exhausted after a morning of play

Rosie's Pups
Rosie's Pups

Pups learning to get along with others