Welcome to Our Farm

 

Hello and welcome.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Here is a little bit of our history.

In 2012 we purchased a home outside of Seattle, Washington on one acre and started out with chickens and ducks.  We set up a large garden and converted the shed in the yard into a chicken coop.  The dream of becoming self-sufficient was starting to take shape, but we didn't yet own enough space for a livestock guardian dog.

Two years later, the 15 acres of land directly behind our home came up for sale and we were able to purchase it.  We found some baby goats in need of rescue and a young pair of turkeys.  We rebuilt an old outbuilding on the acre into a barn, acquired the goats and turkeys and started looking for a livestock guardian pup.  We bought 5 foot fencing and fenced in the acre with the barn to secure all of our livestock.  By this time we had lost dozens of chickens and ducks to predators and were starting to despair that we would ever be able to co-exist with the coyotes, bobcats and black bears and thrive as self-sustaining farmers.  In May of 2015 we located Dexter and purchased him from a breeder along the Western coast of Washington.  It was immediately apparent that he was the perfect fit for our life.  

There are many farmers out there struggling to keep their livestock alive and safe from predation.  They spend thousands of dollars a year, not to mention time and effort, fighting to keep predators away from their properties.  And, when a predator does get in, the losses incurred can be quite significant.  We believe that a livestock guardian dog is a great solution to this dilemma.  There are dozens of breeds of livestock guardian dogs, such as the Anatolian Shepherd, Akbash, and the Kangal. These dogs will give their lives to protect the animals under their care.  They will ward off predators, run off threats, and fight to the death if needed to save their wards.  Generally, just their presence alone is enough to deter most threats, but just knowing that they have the size, strength and intelligence to fight if necessary is a great comfort.

As we worked with Dexter and watched him grow and guard we came to really love and respect the breed and decided that we wanted to not only advocate for the amazing work that they do, but also promote and further the breed, making it more accessible to others in a similar situation.   When we found Lumen available from a breeder in Eastern Washington, it was a no brainer for us.  Here was a female to our male and the start of an opportunity to perpetuate these amazing animals.

On Lumen's second heat cycle in November of 2018 she and Dexter successfully bred and we welcomed ten beautiful puppies on Friday, January 25th, 2019.   All ten puppies have found their forever farms and are working hard to keep their wards safe from any and all predators.

We are planning to allow another breeding in the Fall of 2020, when Lumen is next scheduled to come into heat.  

If you are interested in this breed and/or a puppy please reach out to us via email at kootenaikangals@gmail.com with any questions or to obtain a pre-screening questionnaire.

Thank you again for your time and interest.  

© 2019 by Kootenai Kangals. 

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    Maple Valley, Washington