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Livestock Guardian Dogs

Livestock guardian dogs (LGDs) are critical and foundational to our way of ranching and farming.  Without them, we wouldn't be able to let our animals roam freely in the pastures without a big risk to predation. Our common mountain predators include coyotes, foxes, bears, and mountain lions.  Our chickens and sheep are defenseless, but thankfully our dogs roam the fields of the ranch day and night, checking perimeters and fending off any predator they sense nearby.   They work extra hard at night protecting the entire ranch, coop, and barn when predators are most active.  We haven't lost a single animal to predation thanks to Bear and Koda, our LGDs. 

 

Bear and Koda are Colorado Mountain Dogs, an LGD breed started locally here in Colorado. The breed organization, Colorado Mountain Dog Association, set out to create an LGD that's optimal for smaller farms, farms with children, and many visitors.  CMDs also don't have hip and joint problems that many LGDs like Great Pyrenees have. 

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Bear watching over the community field
Bear watching over the community field

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Koda meets her sheep
Koda meets her sheep

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Off duty napping after some training
Off duty napping after some training

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Bear watching over the community field
Bear watching over the community field

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We are proud members of the Colorado Mountain Dog Association.  If you have any questions about the breed, Brittyne would be more than happy to help.  Our dogs are incredibly intelligent, can think through complex situations without any assistance, and are amazing at their work.  So we're passionate about helping other farmers and ranchers find the best livestock guardian dogs.  

Feel free to contact us with any questions!