Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: I’ve taught bird care / training techniques
Posted October 7, 2014
Cerric is a huge dog. He is a gentle giant, though, and despite his large size behaves gently around the other animals. We bought him as a livestock guardian dog for our goats and chickens. He is very reliable and does not chase them at all. When we first started training him as a puppy he chased the chickens a few times, but he quit as we trained him and he saw how the other dogs behaved.
The only problem with Cerric is that he sleeps most of the day and night! When he is awake he walks around and protects the animals (he has chased off hawks, coyotes, possums, and raccoons), but when he sleeps it's hard to wake him up and he misses things. If you want a lifestock guardian dog, I would recommend Anatolian Shepherds with reservation because they can be lazy and sleep a lot.