Karakachan Livestock Guardians
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.
Meet our newest addition. Valko Beechkeld is from imported, working parents at Dr. Sponenbergs farm. He is completely unrelated to our girls and we are hoping to have Karakachan puppies late 2017.
Valko at 4 months old
Valko’s Imported Sire and Dam Photos Courtesy Of Beechkeld Farm. Anastasia Vulkan and Zaslon Kalin.
Raya Double Durango
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 9 months old
Eva Double Durango
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.
Eva at 9 months old
Sisters playing together…
Waiting for breakfast and enjoying breakfast
Raya’s Dam and Sire are Tessa and Leon.
We do not own the parents, photos are courtesy of Double Durango Farm.