Great Pyrenees & Predator Dogs
About 4 years ago I got a 1 year old Great Pyrenees because I was losing livestock to predators. I was not new to having dogs but specifically a predator dog, that was new to me. I did my research and decided to look for an Anatolian Shepherd or a Great Pyrenees. He was raised with goats, chickens, cats, and other dogs so he seemed a good choice. I also have geese and ducks. The geese were a problem, but he also solved a problem for us. So a long story short .... I had my doubts but the geese survived even though he chased them and occasionally caught them but with patient (and sometimes not) training he has accepted the geese. But he accepted them on his terms ...they are only allowed near the pond, he will not tolerate them near the house and everybody now knows their boundaries. It it funny when the geese wander away, they just need to hear him approach and they do an about face and head back to their allotted space. So what problem did that solve? No more geese poop on my sidewalks!
This dog is so interesting and I could tell so many stories but I have questions for any that have or had a Great Pyrenees. There are characteristics that I have not seen in other dogs so are they unique to my dog or to the breed in general?
My dog does not want to go into a dog house nor does he want to stay in the barn. He wants to stay outside all the time. He did dig himself a cave under a ramp to my house where he sometimes stays but mostly I find him him against the buildings or under bushes. Is this typical?
My dog won’t eat food out of my hand, it must be dropped on the ground. Could that be training from previous owner or typical of the breed?
My dog loves other dogs even when it is obvious they don’t like him. My daughter neighbor has 2 dogs that just tolerate him, sometimes they give him a warning lunge and he bounces around like they are ready to play. So funny to watch. What do you think of that?