Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Posted March 8, 2013
"Hannah Montana," named so by my daughter is very much part of our family, and serves her purpose very well, which is that of a livestock protection dog. Saying this I don't know that I would readily recommend a Great Pyrenees for a pet. They are a very big dog and are very active, these are dogs that need a ton of space, and are better suited to their purpose of a livestock protection dog if they are not super pampered. If I was to do the experience all over again I would consider getting a puppy rather than a nearly mature dog as she came with some bad habits from a hobby breeder that had virtually no training experience, and with a large dog these can be some hard habits to break. Also it is a bit easier to train them to what is their territory at a younger age, when they can decide for them selves what is their range. Also, I would spend a bit more time shopping around as it is never a good habit to buy a dog on an impulse, as was the case with Hannah, as she filled a dire need. Only a week after moving to our farm, we started noticing Coyote tracks by our barn a short distance from our house, and one day I noticed some tracks that obviously weren't dog or coyote tracks, and after some research, confirmed by a sighting just a few miles from our house we discovered that they belonged to a Mountain Lion. I was a bit shaken with the experience because I had been in the barn that morning and was fumbling around in the dark, and to this day I don't know when it came though but it had to be very close as we had a good rain before and after I made the discovery. I am happy to say that she has fullfilled her job very well as the problem stopped immediately after we brought her home. As her job title entails, she barks alot, and often through the night, which is helpful at keeping desired creatures at bay, but not so much for sleep when she decides that she needs to do it by the house.
A good dog for her purpose, but I would think hard before getting one, if I had to do it over again.