Now that we have added some darling does and entertaining ewes, we found ourselves in need of a Livestock Guardian. We have everything from foxes, coyotes and mountain lions and had already lost a few grown Turkey’s and chickens last year and didn’t want our other animals to met the same demise. So, after much research we decided on a Maremma Sheepdog for their natural ability to guard large flocks of livestock and it’s desire to stick with the flock. It took us a while to locate and find the right breeder, then it was a matter of waiting for the right puppy. We thank Deborah Reid from Black Alder Ranch for our newest member of our family.
Santi is our foundation Maremma boy at Swift Family Farm. He is from excellent lines and has done an awesome job adjusting to our home. He has really bonded with our youngest son and my husband.
Santi is growing fast! He will max out at over 100lbs and 27″ tall. A gentle giant as he just melts at the sight of you and loves to be showered with affection. He spends his days outside getting to know the goats and sheep and sleeps with them at night. He is learning that they are his charges and what his job is on our farm. He’s still a puppy after all.
We’re hoping to add a beautiful Maremma girl in the coming months as well, to care for our newest addition (Mini Jersey) and keep Santi company.