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.


Valko Beechkeld

White with Black Spots

Valko Beechkeld is from imported, working parents at Dr. Sponenbergs farm.

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.

Eva at 9 months old

 

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

 

Sire: Loki Karakachan

Dam: Domino Blue Ridge Ponderosa

Sire and Dam Photos are Courtesy of Buck Creek Fainters Farm


Raya and Eva playing together…


Waiting for breakfast and enjoying breakfast