Lady (Maremma) came into heat two months ahead of schedule. The dog I witnessed breeding her was Diesel, an Anatolian Shepherd. Whiskey, also Anatolian, was the other intact male and I’m sure he mated with Lady as well. Yet four of the pups are black with white markings and spotted feet, the fifth pup is fawn with a black mask.
The pups are being raised with our adult pack of guardian dogs and with Willow who normally works solo, guarding the yearling flock. The pups started out with a small group of sheep in a smaller paddock and progressed to larger flock and larger spaces. They still need supervision and at times they need to come back to smaller paddocks. Three of these pups are showing soft body language around the sheep and proving to be very decent workers on a pasture situation with a large flock. The other two pups will be better suited to a smaller flock on a smaller farm or acreage where the stock are near to the yard.
|Zeus, Male (with Whiskey and Diesel)|
The pups are six months old now and it is time for them to leave, although I am finding it extremely difficult to put them up for sale. But it is time for them to move on.
|Finch, Female (she has a mowhawk of hair on the back of her head making it look like her hackles are up)|