De Vine Farms
Horse Boarding, Rehabilitation, Livestock Guardians and Boer Goats
Private Farm Located in Suffolk, VA 23437
Karakachan-Maremma Livestock Guardians
GOOD TEMPERED, ATTENTIVE, PROTECTIVE and TRUSTWORTHY.
Currently no puppies available thank you
The ideal time for a guardian owner to obtain a livestock guardian is as a recently weaned puppy so that it will bond strongly with it's herd, humans and other animals on farm. It will learn its territory as it grows. However, this also involves all the antics of puppy-hood; adolescence, and training in the "don'ts" of guardianship - it already knows all of the "do's" and will develop them on its own if exposed at the right time to appropriate guarding situations.
These are livestock guardians and require a farm atmosphere with some land. These are not house, apartment dogs or dogs to be put on a chain. They do perimeter sweeps of your farm, are loyal and will help guard against predators like coyotes, opossum, raccoons, bears and even turkey vultures. Very good watchdogs always on alert. They work best in pairs especially with large acreage.
This page was last updated: March 18, 2013
Dad, excellent guardian, approx 110 lbs.
Mom, sweet and excellent mom, approx 70 lbs.
The Karakachan is a breed of dog that originated in Bulgaria as a mountain livestock guardian dog. Other names are Karakachan Shepherd and Thracian Mollos. The dog is named after the Karakachans, Balkan nomadic shepherds. Due to their conservative stock-breeding traditions, they have preserved some of the oldest breeds of domestic animals in Europe: the Karakachan sheep, Karakachan horse and the Karakachan dog.
In the past, this Mountain dog was widely used in Bulgaria as a border army watchdog. Nowadays it is used primarily as a livestock guardian dog and property guard dog. The most numerous populations of working purebred livestock guarding Karakachan dogs are found in Bulgaria and the United States. The Karakachan was officially approved as a Bulgarian old native breed in 2005. The Karakachan dog may be a descendant of ancient Balkan domestic dogs, possibly since the time of the Thracians. In ancient Thracian treasures, figures were found of big, longhaired guardian dogs with curled tails. The Karachan is part of the origin of the Bulgarian Shepherd dog, with which it should not be confused.
The official breed standard was written in 1991 and approved in 2005 by the State Commission for Animal Breeds within Ministry of Agriculture of Republic of Bulgaria. The breed has Certificate for recognition № BG 10675 P2. Bellow is presented the text of the official breed Standard.
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Video of our male and female livestock guardians, Anna and Brennamire, and one of their pups, Kimosabe. They found a snake and were playing with it. It was just a king snake. So I videoed it. I also removed the snake they didn't kill it. Hubby found it in our barn week later and you could tell it had a few teeth marks in it but was fine. http://youtu.be/dzOiL6NTjhQ