Although Ginger is only half Great Pyrenees, and is smaller than the average LGD, she is one of the best guardians we have ever had watching over our livestock. Ginger was purchased by a goat rancher when she was a 7-week old puppy; the man who bought her saw her mom on-site, and says the mom is a big gorgeous, solid white full-blood Great Pyrenees. When he bought Ginger, he thought she was just a badger-faced Pyr, but as she grew up, it became obvious that she's not a full Pyrenees. Our best guess is that her dad might have been a Red Heeler. But that's just a guess, and she doesn't show any real herding tendencies. Her first human dad didn't get her spayed, and when Ginger turned up pregnant, he didn't want to deal with puppies, so he surrendered Ginger to us one Saturday, and the following Monday, Ginger delivered a very big litter of puppies. Some of her puppies have been adopted, and some are still here, available for adoption.
After the puppies were weaned last summer, we had Ginger spayed and microchipped, so she is ready for adoption. BUT, we have been hesitant to list her on any of our adoption sites because she is a fence-climber. We invested a small fortune to fence our place, and we have fences that range from 4' (for interior cross-fencing) to 5' "no climb" horse fencing, to 6' chain link. We have seen Ginger climb over all of it. At least here at our place, when Ginger goes over the fence, she's still in a rural area, and we have tried to make sure that our closest neighbors (most of whom are at least 1/2 mile away) know that she's ours and that she's both friendly to humans and safe with livestock. So if Ginger leaves our property, she's still fairly safe.
But she's such a great guardian, that we feel sure there's another home somewhere with livestock who need Ginger's protection. She will only be available to a home with 8' game fencing (which we hope she could not climb) OR with at least 100 acres, which we hope would be enough to keep her from roaming.
Ginger is very gentle with our goat kids. She was a great mom to her puppies, and thinks she's the mom to many other animals here, from our donkey foal Fiona to our barn cats. The only farm animals that she's not completely trustworthy with are chickens. She has attacked our rooster a couple of times. It's possible she thinks she is protecting the hens from him, but we can't say for sure. She has never killed any of our chickens, but our rooster is still missing his tail feathers thanks to Ginger. So it would be best if her new home didn't have any chickens or other fowl.
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