Karakachan Livestock Guardians
*Karakachans, Raya and Valko, on alert*
The Karakachan Dog is one of Europe’s oldest breeds. Its ancestors started forming as early as the third millennium BC. A typical Mollos, created for guarding its owner’s flock and property, it does not hesitate to fight wolves or bears or coyotes to defend its owner and his family in case of danger.
The dog is named after the Karakachans – nomadic shepherds of Thracian origin and the oldestinhabitants of the Balkans. Due to their conservative stock-breeding traditions, they managed to preserve some of the oldest breeds of domestic animals in Europe–the Karakachan sheep, the Karakachan horse, and, of course, the Karakachan Dog.
The breed flourished for centuries until, in the 1940s, the Bulgarian Communist Government nationalized the farming industry. All livestock were placed in communal farms and the Communist regime ordered extermination of the Karakachan dogs, whose services were deemed unnecessary on the collective farms. It was at this point in their history that the Karakachan dog became dangerously close to extinction.
Since then, through the dedicated efforts of a few special people in Bulgaria and around the world, the population of the Karakachan dog has grown steadily.
Our breeding dogs are registered with AKDA.
White with Black Spots
Valko Beechkeld is from imported, working parents at Dr. Sponenbergs farm.
Valko at 8 weeks old
Valko at 4 months old
Valko at 18 Months Old.
Imported Sire: Zaslon Kalin
Imported Dam: Anastasia Vulkan
Sire and Dam photos are courtesy of Beechkeld Farm
Raya Double Durango
White with Dark Sable Spots
Here is our first Karakachan Livestock Guardian puppy at 6 weeks old. Her name is Raya, which means Queen in Bulgarian.
Raya at 6 weeks old
Raya at 4 months old
Raya at 18 months old
Eva Double Durango
White with Black Spots
We have had the privilege of adding another of this wonderful breed to our farm. Raya’s sister, Eva, has joined us here and the girls are inseparable! We love these little girls and truly enjoy watching them interact with their goats.
Raya and Eva’s Dam and Sire are Tessa and Leon.
Sire: Leon Hopping Acres
Dam: Tessa Raindrop
Sire and Dam photos are courtesy of Double Durango Farm
Zara Buck Creek
Black with White
Zara is a very confident girl. She does great with the goats and is learning the ropes of the farm from the adults. 🙂
Zara at 9 weeks old
Zara at 7 Months Old
Waiting for breakfast 🙂
Silly Zara and Valko