Karaka – What?

The Karakachan is one of Europe’s oldest dog breeds, originating in Bulgaria.  Today, there only a few hundred Karakachan dogs serving as livestock guardians in the U.S.  We have two of them.  They are a brother and sister pair, and half of our livestock guardian force.  They came to us from a fainting goat farm in Tennessee that was closing down.   Milos and Sofia (FiFi) weigh around 150 pounds each.   They had a rough start on Missing Willow Farm.  The day they were delivered they were released in our front yard, without collars, and immediately ran off.   It took over an hour of coaxing, but they finally made it into our small pasture where we spent a good month socializing ourselves to them.   They started out very skitterish.  This is a photo taken of them during that timeframe.  They hung together in the wooded area of our small pasture.   We finally got to the point where they were both approachable, and were able to erect a fenced chute between pasture gates and got them moved over.  They are now happy social members of our menagerie.  They have understood from day one that our border collie Jenna is a working member of our family and have not expressed any menace towards her.  Milos loves to chase vehicles along our half mile driveway from inside the pasture.  We have clocked him at over 30 MPH.  They are magnificent dogs and we feel very lucky to have them.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. HSG
    May 05, 2014 @ 14:06:47

    They had a wonderful life on Missing Willow. Glad I got to meet them.


  2. Connie
    May 05, 2014 @ 14:08:42

    Thank you, Helen.


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