This is Maggie our new female Great Pyrenees puppy who will be part of our breeding program here at HiBar Ranch, Farm & Forest. She is a true blessing and loves her bed as much as she loves her chicken flock she watches every day in her early training for livestock guardianship. She’ll move on to the goats later as they want to head butt her and that’s not good. The Quarter Horses all love her though. So she has the littlest birds and the largest beasts mastered on the farm here already. She is nine weeks old here. The Great Pyrenees are a vital part of farming, now and throughout history. The Great Pyrenees are a very old breed that have been used for centuries by shepherds, with origination in and around the Pyrenees Mountains of southern France and northern Spain. One of the first descriptions of the breed dates from 1407, and from 1675 the breed was a favorite of the French aristocracy. By the early nineteenth century there was a thriving market for the Great Pyrenees dogs in mountain towns throughout France due to the breed’s agility necessary to guard sheep on steep, mountainous slopes. The breed is confident, gentle and affectionate. While territorial and protective of its flock or family when necessary, its general demeanor is of composure and patience and loyalty. It is a strong willed, independent and reserved breed. It is also attentive, quite fearless and loyal to its duties. The Great Pyrenees’ size makes it an imposing guardian.