This is Bear. He is a livestock guardian dog. Specifically, a Great Pyrenees. They are bred to warch over heards of animals. Great Pyrenees are hard working, fiercly independent dogs. Definitely not our first choice in dog breeds. They bark, a lot. Like more than you could ever imagine, because that's what their job is. It's in their blood. I'm sure our neighbors sometimes hate us for it haha. Bear has never lived on a farm or been around livestock. In fact, he was a pet store puppy who was bought by a family who knew nothing about their breed and just wanted a giant adorable dog. Lack of work, structure and training turned a giant puppy "aggressive". Bear spent the majority of the first 7 months of his life living in a kennel. He barely had any socialization and had a huge list of behavioural issues including biting a child. We weren't looking for a dog. I was a pet trainer at the time. The husband had asked if I could watch Bear for a month while he transitioned back home from his life out West (just learning every time he went away his dog went to a kennel). After a month we had come so far with Bear. We had built an incredible bond. The family decided not to come back for him because he didnt fit their lifestyle and we adopted Bear. We knew we could give him a good home and eventually land he could guard. Dennis and I have been through hell and back with Bear but we wouldnt give him up for all the tea in China. We deeply adore him and he has taken us on as his pack leaders. Life with a misunderstood, anxious Great Pyrenees is not easy but we have never done anything the easy way. Please be sure to research dog breeds before you bring home that puppy and remember there are a tonne of misunderstood dogs just like Bear, waiting to be adopted.
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