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AKC Great Pyrenees
Livestock Guardian Dogs

OFA and Embark tested breeding stock to
ensure soundness and health 

- AKC Great Pyrenees Puppies - 

Puppies born 10/27/23 - inquire about availability

 

Next litter planned for January  -

contact us to get on the waitlist

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Charlemagne of Pony Trail Farm

"Charlie" was born and raised on Pony Trail Farm, son of Blossom and Pooh Bear.  He inherited Pooh's loving disposition towards people, and is a faithful guardian.  Charlie is the current sire to most of our litters.  Charlie was Xrayed for OFA, and scored "EXCELLENT" on hips, "Normal" on shoulders and elbows.  He stays lean and muscular from activity. He is about 115 lbs.  While Embark tested "Clear" for most genetic health issues, Charlie tested "Carrier" (Not Affected) for CMR1. He is paired with females who are "Clear" for the condition in order to produce unaffected litters.

Alexis of Pony Trail Farm

"Lexie" is a solid white female with generations of working dogs in her pedigree.  She is everything we could wish for in a livestock guardian, with a protective yet docile temperament.  Lexie is OFA "GOOD" on hips, "NORMAL" on shoulders and elbows.  She is Embark tested "CLEAR" for genetic health issues common to Great Pyrenees As expected, she stays lean from following the goats around the pasture.

Maggie of Pony Trail Farm

Maggie is solid white, and daughter of Charlie and Andorra, and inherited the best conformation traits from each.  She has an outgoing and cheerful personality and is another excellent livestock guardian.  Maggie has OFA "GOOD" on hips and "NORMAL" on shoulders, elbows, patella, and cardiac exam. While Embark tested "Clear" for most genetic health issues, Maggie tested "Carrier" (Not Affected) for CMR1 and DM. She will only be paired with a "Clear" male in order to produce litters that are not At Risk/Affected for either condition.    

Valhalla's Roger of Pony Trail Farm

Roger comes from a combination of working livestock guardians and champion show lines. He has proven himself to be a dedicated livestock guardian, and has a wonderful temperament, both with people and animals. He has badger markings. He is Embark DNA tested "CLEAR" for genetic health issues common to Great Pyrenees.  He is too young for OFA certification, but comes from OFA "GOOD" bloodlines, and his offspring will carry the same orthopedic warranty as Charlie's pups. He will be paired with Victoria and Maggie.

Victoria of Pony Trail Farm

Victoria is the daughter of Charlie and Isabella. She looks like a younger version of her mom, including the same bold "eyeliner" and coloring on the ears.  She has a sweet personality, is excellent with goats and has good manners with children. She is Embark tested "CLEAR" for genetic health issues common to Great Pyrenees.  Victoria is OFA "GOOD" on hips, "NORMAL" on shoulders and elbows.   

Cheyenne of Pony Trail Farm

(not yet in breeding program)

Cheyenne was born June 9, 2022, and is daughter of Charlie and Lexie.  She has strong guardian instincts, and has inherited Charlie's broad head. She has badger markings.  Cheyenne is DNA "CLEAR" for diseases tested by Embark. She will receive OFA testing in June 2024 before joining our breeding program.

Isabella of Pony Trail Farm (retired)

Isabella also came to Pony Trail Farm as a puppy, and takes her job as a guardian very seriously.  She enjoys walking with the goats out to pasture in the morning and escorting them back to the barn in the afternoon.  Isabella is the "taller" style of Great Pyrenees, but still has beautiful Pyr characteristics, including a nice head.  She also is sweet towards people.  Isabella had her OFA Xrays done at two years of age, and is OFA "GOOD" on hips and "NORMAL" on shoulders and elbows. She tested "Clear" for DM and CMR1. She is the biggest of our females at about 120 lbs.

She has been retired from our breeding program.

About Our Pyrenees

Here at Pony Trail Farm, we utilize the talents of Great Pyrenees Livestock Guardian Dogs to protect our valuable herd of goats. Livestock Guardian dogs have a unique skill set that is inborn.  Some are better than others at their job.  Many show dog breeders label and sell their culls as livestock guardians, but neither the parents nor the pups have ever seen livestock!  We recommend that if you are looking for a guardian dog for farm or home, that you purchase one from working parents so that there is a history of the correct temperament for the job.  Our Pyrs instinctively guard the herd, and have been with the goats from the time that they were puppies.   We offer a health guarantee as well as a return policy on puppies. All puppies are given their first vaccinations and worming prior to sale, and will be microchipped. 

E-mail us for information about puppies currently available or to be put on waiting list.

 Email us at: ponytrailfarm@gmail.com, text/call (706) 461-3956.

We are located in Jackson County in northeast Georgia, near Athens, and can ship via Delta from the Atlanta airport.  Our breeding program focuses on AKC registered dogs with soundness of body and mind, and we use OFA and Embark testing to that end. Our sire Charlemagne has been DNA identified and carries the line of our original dogs.  Our goal is to have all breeding stock OFA certified Good or Excellent on hips, and also normal in shoulders, elbows, and knees.  We select for dogs who will have long productive lives as livestock or family guardians.  We are selecting those with a very strong bonding instinct and loyalty to the herd.  We do not show, but focus on producing strong, healthy, dependable working dogs that will give many years of service.  An outstanding guardian is worth his weight in gold to the farmer, and we are proud to say (and hope we will always be able to say) that we have never lost a goat to predators in the nineteen years of having Pyrenees and goats.  We live in a coyote and feral-dog haven, so are very grateful to our faithful watchers of the night.  On the other hand, these dogs also have to be gentle as babes with our newborn animals and with the many children who frequent our farm.

Below is information for Great Pyrenees current litters, confirmed pregnancies, and available guardians. Contact us at ponytrailfarm@gmail.com or call/text (706) 461-3956 to inquire about available puppies or get on our waitlist for Great Pyrenees puppies in Georgia.

Current & Expected Litters

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ONE MALE AVAILABLE

Born 10/27/23, ready 12/22/23, just in time for Christmas!

AKC Great Pyrenees Puppies from both working and Champion lines, born to Victoria and Roger. Breed standard badger markings and double dewclaws. Parents are Embark tested and genetically matched to produce puppies that are CLEAR for any inherited condition.

 

Pups will be microchipped and be up-to-date on vaccines, dewormings, and vet checks. They are raised in a working farm environment, and socialized with both people and farm animals.

See out Terms of Sale below for detailed information about our health and orthopedic warranties, and contact us for more information or to check availability of pups.

Next litter is planned for January (ready March) - ask about our waitlist!

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AKC Great Pyrenees Terms of Sale

 --- AKC Great Pyrenees Livestock Guardian Dog Puppies -- 

 

TERMS BELOW ARE AN OVERVIEW FOR PUPS SOLD BY 8 WEEKS OF AGE ONLY; Please inquire for information about retiring dogs or Trained Older LGD Pups, as these are sold with individual pricing and guarantees. A sample .jpeg format Puppy Purchase Agreement (Full Registration) is available to view/download at the bottom of the page for reference.  For more information or to get on our waitlist, please contact us at ponytrailfarm@gmail.com

 

SPECIFIC PUPPIES WILL ONLY BE HELD AFTER WE RECEIVE A $300 DEPOSIT.   Promises of payment are not sufficient to reserve puppies of your chosen gender. If you are mailing a check, we cannot promise that your chosen puppy will still be available when check is cleared, but you will get a puppy of your chosen gender if check is received within 5 days of the agreement.  GOOD DOG or PAYPAL are the preferred methods of deposit, and we expect cash or electronic payment (no checks or money orders) for the full balance at time of pickup.  Puppies being shipped can be paid in full via Good Dog or PayPal before the ship date.  A Puppy Purchase Agreement will be returned immediately upon receipt of payment and Buyer's name, address, phone number, and email. To use Good Dog, go to https://pay.gooddog.com/pony-trail-farm. To use Paypal, go to https://www.paypal.com/home , and send payment to ponytrailfarm@gmail.com.    If you have an account, you can login; if not, just click "send money" and it will direct you to credit card payment.   PLEASE EMAIL BEFORE SENDING A DEPOSIT TO BE SURE A PUPPY IS AVAILABLE. 

 

DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE except in case of an injury or illness of your selected puppy before pickup.  If no replacements are available from the same litter, your deposit will be moved to the next available litter, or you may get a refund if there is a physical problem with the pup.   If you simply change your mind regarding a puppy purchase for any reason and notify us before the pup reaches 6 weeks of age, you may bump your deposit to the next available litter (within 1 calendar year) or forfeit the deposit.   

 

PUPS ARE ASSIGNED OR SELECTED BETWEEN 3-5 weeks of age, after they have begun to show personality traits. While we take into consideration your color preference, we reserve the right to select the best fit for your situation and purposes or advise your choice if there are more than one that may be a good fit. Pups will be assigned or selected in order of FULL REGISTRATION deposits received, followed by Limited Registration deposits. We will communicate via email when it is time to assign or select your pup. If buyer fails to respond within 24 hours, a pup will be ASSIGNED TO BUYER BY BREEDER, and we will move on to the next in line.  

 

PUPS BEGIN THE BONDING PERIOD AT 8 WEEKS OF AGE, and should be picked up as close to this date as possible. Pups picked up at 9 weeks of age or later will incur a fee of $50 per week to cover extra vaccines, deworming, food, and care. Pup must be paid in full by 9 weeks of age if pickup is delayed. Pup will continue to be exposed to livestock and work with the adult dogs. Seller will NOT house train or obedience train due to the demands of a busy farm. 

                   

PRICE: $1500 includes first shots and worming and AKC papers for FULL REGISTRATION with breeding and show rights, as well as microchip.  It is our discretion as to which puppies qualify for full registration as they must meet breed standard in every respect, and have a temperament that we deem worthy to pass onto future generations. We reserve the right to assign pups based on their temperaments and conformation and the purpose for which they are sold (livestock guardians, family pet, breeding, show potential). SOLID WHITE pups meeting breed standard are sold with Full AKC Registration only, due to the high demand for this color and limited number. 

The FULL Registration pups are sold with a FULL HEALTH GUARANTEE. This includes:

  •  3 day money-back health guarantee, in which purchase price including deposit (not transport) will be refunded if pre-existing infectious or congenital conditions is diagnosed and pup is returned within 3 business days from delivery.  Buyer may also choose to exchange for another pup, if available.

  • First Available Replacement Puppy will be provided for genetic or congenital defect that inhibits normal function diagnosed within 1 year, and hip dysplasia diagnosed by 2 years of age (through OFA or PennHip evaluation) with return of pet or death due to genetic condition (with veterinary statement).

  • We do NOT guarantee show conformation, performance or ability. 

  Return transportation arrangements and costs are the sole responsibility of the buyer. 

 

Some pups will be available at $1200 for LIMITED AKC REGISTRATION, for pets or livestock guardians, but no breeding or show rights.  Includes first shots and worming, AKC application as well as microchip. These pups have Limited Health Guarantee. This includes:

  • 3 day money-back health guarantee, in which purchase price including deposit (not transport) will be refunded if pre-existing infectious or congenital conditions is diagnosed and pup is returned within 3 business days from delivery.  Buyer may also choose to exchange for another pup, if available.

  • First Available Replacement Puppy will be provided for genetic or congenital defect that inhibits normal working abilities (not cosmetic issues) or severe/debilitating hip dysplasia diagnosed within 1 year, with return of pet or death due to genetic condition (with veterinary statement).

  Return transportation arrangements and costs are the sole responsibility of the buyer. 

The pups chosen for Limited Registration will be just as healthy and vibrant and personable as the full registration pups, without the privileges of breeding or show.  Limited Registration pups may have minor imperfections (i.e., minimal overbite, pigmentation not yet fully developed by time of pickup, tiny umbilical hernia not affecting health), but not disqualifications. Most of these imperfections resolve by adulthood without intervention.

 

PICKUP/DELIVERY

Ideally, the pup should be picked up in person. This allows you to meet us, see your pup's relatives, and get to know your pup while they are still in a familiar environment. We are located in ZIP 30565. If you are unable to pick up, we will release to your choice of pet transportation at 8 weeks of age, provided price of puppy is paid in full in advance.  Health certificate will be provided.  MOST AIRLINES CURRENTLY HAVE AN EMBARGO ON PET AIR CARGO, so we cannot ship via Pet Air Cargo until the embargo is lifted. For flights, we now recommend using a reputable pet courier or "flight nanny" that is able to pick up from our location. Pups On A Plane is our top choice, being local, insured, and USDA licensed.  We can also deliver by car for $200 minimum, with additional $2.00 per one-way mile after 100 miles and up to 300 miles. For ground transportation above 300 miles, please contact us for recommendations. PICKUP AND DELIVERY:

Any pups held after purchase beyond 9 weeks of age must be paid in full and will be charged an additional $50 per week, to include extra vaccines, deworming, food & farm training.   We will not house train or crate train pups due to busy schedule of farm.

 

Shots & treatment needed:

2 weeks - deworm

4 weeks - deworm

6 weeks - Distemper, Parvovirus, Coronavirus, and Hepatitis; Fecal exam, Deworm

9 weeks - Distemper, Parvovirus, Coronavirus, and Hepatitis,  Fecal or Deworm; start Heartworm prevention and flea control

12 weeks - Distemper, Parvovirus,  Leptospirosis, and Hepatitis; Kennel Cough Vaccine, Rabies, Optional Influenza & Lyme vaccines, Deworm

15 weeks - Distemper, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis, and Hepatitis, Optional Influenza & Lyme vaccines, Deworm

 

  • Spays & Neuters on giant breed dogs should be delayed until 18 months of age for proper bone growth.  Females will generally come in heat at 10-12 months. Care should be taken to note vulva size, as early spay can also lead to recessed vulva and its associated problems

  • Pups have been fed Purina Puppy Chow for large breeds. Feed young pups 3 times daily until 4 months, then twice daily.  DO NOT OVERFEED as excess can lead to orthopedic problems. 

  • Under no circumstances will we pay veterinary expenses after the pup leaves our farm.  If your pup is found to be ill within the warranty period for a covered condition, pup should be returned for refund (within 3 days) or exchange.  If you choose to keep puppy with problem, you assume all financial responsibility and negate money back guarantee for that condition.

  • Assuming purchase at 8 weeks of age, an OFA or equivalent exam should be done on Full Registration pups at 2 years of age if warranty conditions are desired. OFA guarantee expires at that time. Preliminary readings are acceptable.  Hips are guaranteed in Full Registration against hip dysplasia for 2 years with OFA reading of Fair or better. EARLY SPAY OR NEUTER BEFORE 18 MONTHS OF AGE WILL VOID WARRANTY OF ORTHOPEDIC PROBLEMS.   EXCESSIVE CRATING (more than three hours during daytime hours) WILL ALSO VOID THE ORTHOPEDIC WARRANTY DUE TO ADVERSE EFFECT ON LONG BONE DEVELOPMENT.

  • Medical reasons for return must have veterinarian's statement. Parasite control and nutritional needs require ongoing care, and warranty does not cover preventable diseases after 3 days. Pups will be dewormed frequently before leaving, and fecals done, but they do originate from a farm with many species of domestic and wild animals. A parasite-free pup is desired but not guaranteed due to exposure of working environment.  Pups are not fully protected from infectious disease until vaccine series is complete, so care should be taken not to expose pups in public places (dog parks, public walkways, beaches, groomers, vet offices, etc), and vaccines should be done in a timely manner.

  • A NOTE ABOUT "RUNTS"! Many people are afraid to choose the smaller puppies of the litter, thinking that the young puppy size reflects mature weight. That is generally not true - unless there is some sort of birth defect causing poor growth which would be found on veterinary physical exam. It is important to understand "gestational age". The females are in heat for about 3 weeks, and are fertile during the middle part of the cycle. They continue to ovulate all during the fertile part of the cycle, about ten days. If bred more than once during the fertile time, puppies are conceived at different times and there may be as much as 10 days difference in actual age of the pups at time delivery. Sperm can also live in the reproductive tract for up to five days, so can fertilize eggs even if no further breedings occur. The most important thing to note is that the puppies are all growing at the same RATE, i.e. Puppy #10 should weigh the same thing at week 3 that Puppy #2 weighed at 2 weeks of age, and the growth curve continually goes up at a steady rate. We have never yet seen our smallest birthweight puppies fail to achieve expected adult size.

  • If sold with breeding rights, buyer agrees to responsible breeding practices, including waiting until 2 years of age with hip evaluation; exceptional nutrition, staying current on disease prevention and veterinary care, and doing health screens to maintain a healthy genetic base.

  • If you need to place the animal for any reason after the warranty period, we will take it back with no refund or replacement, and place in a new home. If you place the dog yourself, please inform us of the transaction.

  • Our warranty includes exchange for equivalent value puppy when available, or reimbursement of purchase price within 3 days only with return of dog or vet statement of death during the warranty period, and only for covered conditions. Return transportation costs are paid by buyer.

  • This warranty does not cover any veterinary expenses after puppy leaves our premises. A veterinary exam is recommended within the first 3 days after purchase to confirm health.

  • Transportation costs will be paid by the Buyer. Costs will be agreed upon between Buyer and Seller prior to delivery, if seller delivers. Any return transportation arrangements for refund in warranty period, or return after warranty period must be made by buyer.

Puppy Purchase & Sales Agreement Sample (Full Registration version):

Responsibilities of Seller and Buyer are outlined in the Purchase & Sales Agreement that you will receive upon placing a deposit.  Below is a sample of a FULL REGISTRATION Agreement. Each photo may be selected, opened in a new tab, and enlarged. This sample is generic and for REFERENCE ONLY.  At time of placing deposit, Buyer should review the Agreement provided to them individually, as some points may be different depending upon registration type requested.

SAMPLE Great Pyrenees Puppy Purchase Agreement

Puppy Purchase & Sales Agreement Sample (Limited Registration version):

Responsibilities of Seller and Buyer are outlined in the Purchase & Sales Agreement that you will receive upon placing a deposit.  Below is a sample of a LIMITED REGISTRATION Agreement. Each photo may be selected, opened in a new tab, and enlarged. This sample is generic and for REFERENCE ONLY.  At time of placing deposit, Buyer should review the Agreement provided to them individually, as some points may be different depending upon registration type requested.

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Puppy Purchase & Sales Agreement Comparison

We are often asked the difference between AKC Full Registration and AKC Limited Registration. Below is a guide for what is included with each registration type in our contract.

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One puppy's growth in pictures -

From "the runt" to well-grown livestock guardian

AKC Great Pyrenees

The "runt" was likely conceived several days after the largest puppy in the litter. He was smaller at birth, and at 3 weeks of age, was still only half the size of the largest pup.

4 months old - ideal weight for his age - markings faded in transition from "puppy" coat to adult coat.

9 months old - taller than his sire and dam, and a dedicated guardian.

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