One of the biggest challenges we found living on our farm, were the predator issues. Our predators include coyotes, foxes, raccoons, opossums, and hawks. After a year on the farm, and countless losses, we decided to get a pair of Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGD). An LGD is a dog bred for the purpose of protecting livestock from predators. These dogs are independent, brave, and very intelligent. They bond with their livestock at an early age and spend all of their time with their herd.
There are quite a few LGD breeds, so we did our research before selecting the Karakachan. What sealed the deal was meeting the dogs and seeing them in action. This breed tends to wander and bark less than some LGD breeds. The breed is originally from Bulgaria, recently being imported into the United States.
We do not breed Karakachans, but highly recommend Little Tots Estate for anyone looking for a LGD.
Karakachans are large dogs, often weighing 100 pounds or more. Most do seem to require some brushing in warmer months, but nothing like a Great Pyrenees. As fierce as they can be with predators they love their farmers, and little farmers too.
We have had Boris and Petra for over 4 years now, without predator loses or harmed wildlife. The expression worth their weight in gold is spot on for these dogs. They don’t live the luxurious couch dog lifestyle, instead they live the life they were bred to have. It’s a joy to interact with them and watch them love their work. I always say, Boris and Petra are the most important part of our farm!