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 a 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 protecting my livestock.  But In 2007, after I got my first Karakachan from Dr. Phil Sponenberg who brought the first of this breed to the US from Bulgaria a few years before, I knew that I had found the best canine fit for my farm. I was so impressed with these smart dogs who are dedicated to their job and have 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 preserving what is best about his breed. To achieve this goal of breeding only the best, I only breed dogs who have had a health evaluation and, at the very least, had their hips tested (my breeding dogs have been PennHip or OFA tested) and are at low or mild risk of developing Osteoarthritis). Ensuring that my puppies optimize the thousands of years of breeding as guard dogs, I work hard to get my puppies off to a good start. I use both the Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) and Early Scent introduction (ESI) process with the puppies when they are very young. As they mature I provide lots of opportunities for socialization and, daily variations in their surroundings so that they grow into confident, resilient, environmentally aware livestock guardian dogs. They are with goats and chickens and, in the spirit of breed preservation, they are only sold to working farms. Puppies will be placed with their new owners between 10 and 12 weeks and will already have been working with a mentor adult to begin their training. Prospective owners should contact me with information about what they are looking for in a livestock guardian dog, what would his duties be, and the new owner's experience with working dogs.

                The Dogs of Kid Hollow Farm
            Click on the picture of the Foundation Dogs to see their pedigrees.
 

Ava and pups
Ava and pups
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Two Weeks Old
Two Weeks Old
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Previous Litters
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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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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Zeke
Zeke
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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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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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Ava and Henry
Ava and Henry
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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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