Our family (Clockwise from left)! Bordagaray Argibel, ColourFast Brandybuck, Georgia, ColourFast Donnamira, Clayton, Éowyn De La Tierra Alta, Spotty (ColourFast Celandine).
The Pyrenean Mastiff is a rare, giant-sized, ancient breed of livestock guardian dog originating in the Spanish Pyrenees Mountains. They were a fearless, loyal guardian and guide to the shepherds and sheep pasturing in the rough mountainous regions.
In addition to livestock guardian and family companions, some excel as service or therapy dogs.
In the last century, they almost became extinct due to the decline of the predators in the mountains. They were known as a wolf and bear killer. The breed was saved in the 1970s and is flourishing in Spain and throughout the world both as livestock guardian dogs and family companions.
The Pyrenean Mastiff is a dog of loyal and honest character and an excellent protector of children and family. For those who would dare challenge the temperament of this breed - watch out! Although always friendly and alert, the Pyrenean Mastiff has the ability to defend itself and those in its charge should the need arise!
It is very calm dog and has not inherited the "hair-trigger" or stubborn personality of many other guardian breeds. The Pyrenean Mastiff is a dog happy to please her owner and enjoys his owners company.
They are intelligent and have a very loving temperament. Average height at the withers for males is 32 inches/81 cm and 29 1/2 inches/75 cm for females. Well bred Pyrenean Mastiffs have a long healthy life expectancy of 12 or more years!
The Basque Shepherd is an extremely rare, loyal, exceptionally intelligent herding dog breed. They originate from the Basque Country in Spain. They can have yellow eyes or light brown. We have the only one in Canada.
Our Bordagaray Argibel (above) was imported directly from Spain. In addition to working around the farm, she also is the first ever Basque Shepherd to hold a title outside of Spain or France - our Canadian Champion!
For more complete information about this fascinating breed (in English) please click the link!
This is Legun. He moved to California as a herding dog when he was young, with a Basque Shepherd (person). Sadly, his owner passed away but he found a new home working cattle and sheep with an American farmer. He passed away at age 13.