Cinco Deseos  Ranch

My book in progress, The Way of The Pack: Understanding and Living With Livestock Guardian Dogs, is coming along great!  It will fill the huge gap present in other LGD books already in print that don't go into depth vis a vis training advice, common sense, humane solutions to many scenarios and problems the homesteader, commercial operator, farmer, rancher and purebred operation face in using these dogs, and more.  I'm excited about getting it done and in the hands of shepherds who need a practical, plain spoken guide to the humane and respectful use of these wonderful dogs.   This won't be another rehashing of breed histories, or a fluff piece, or a vanity travel diary about trips to exotic lands to ogle dogs and take photos.  Instead it will be what the "lowly hack LGD owner/user" in America NEEDS to better understand and properly use these dogs.  No coffee table, read it once, shelve it kind of book - you'll refer to it again and again.  :) Promise!

My latest article for sheep! Magazine is on summer prep for your LGD - check it out - subscribe today or go to their website!:


http://countrysidenetwork.com/topics/livestock-topics/sheep-livestock-topics/summer-prep-for-livestock-guardian-dogs/


My next article for sheep! comes out in July/August 2017. 


Also don't miss my article for Dairy Goat Journal in their July/August 2017 issue!

Bobo and Atena have been bred for a total of four times, which we hope will produce a purebred litter of Pyrenean Mastiffs the first week of August, 2017. 

spanish Mastiff Gwangi will be bred via AI to Hercules later this year but first - OFA hip certification before she is bred!

LET'S TALK ABOUT X RAYING SPANISH MASTIFF HIPS FOR HD! 


Half of the Spanish Mastiffs in the OFA database are or have been mine: Amaya, Aneto, Ibra, Zaca and Zzeleste.  I still hold the record for the most Spanish Mastiffs in this country being OFA'D.  Simply having a vet take an x-ray of your dog's hips and looking at it is NOT the same as the OFA process - do your homework and don't be duped - there IS a difference.


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NAME REGISTRATION BREED SEX COLOR TEST/FILM DATE AGE OFA # TEST


AMAYA DARTIBO CMKUME92710 SPANISH MASTIFF F   May 31 2012 25 SPM-4F25F-VPI HIPS
ANETO DEL VIEJO PARAMO NOREG1508160 SPANISH MASTIFF M   Feb 7 2012 26 SPM-3F26M-VPI HIPS
DONA MIA OF THE WITCHES MELTINGPOT N0279902 SPANISH MASTIFF F   Jan 25 2006 52 SPM-1G52F-PI HIPS
IBRA LUDAREVA NOREG1512974 SPANISH MASTIFF F   Mar 13 2012 16 PRELIMINARY GOOD HIPS
ISLA OF THE WITCHES MELTINGPOT N2380408 SPANISH MASTIFF F FAWN & WHITE Apr 11 2009 28 SPM-CA1/28F/C-VPI CARDIAC
ISLA OF THE WITCHES MELTINGPOT N2380408 SPANISH MASTIFF F FAWN & WHITE Dec 10 2008 24 SPM-2G24F-VPI HIPS
JACKIE TORNADEO ERBEN IABCA27669 SPANISH MASTIFF F   Mar 16 2015 24 SEVERE UNILATERAL LEFT HIPS
JOSE OF THE WITCHES MELTINGPOT 0510908 SPANISH MASTIFF M   Apr 11 2009 21 SPM-CA2/21M/C-PI CARDIAC
ZACA TORNADO ERBEN CMKUME97010 SPANISH MASTIFF F   Aug 7 2012 23 PRELIMINARY MODERATE UNILATERAL LEFT HIPS
ZZELESTE TORNADO ERBEN CMKUME97710 SPANISH MASTIFF F   Sep 6 2012 24 SEVERE HIPS

Congratulations to Victoria Betteron on her 8 puppy Pyrenean Mastiff litter in the South (Alabama)!  Mama and babies are doing fine...

What owners need to raise stable, well adjusted LGDs:


Patience – do not expect too much, too soon and give the pup time to mature

Compassion – do not use harsh or cruel training methods or gadgets (see my current blog post on this topic)

Respect – respect shown to your dog will be returned

Trust – allow the pup to show you what he is capable of doing

Consistency – dogs, like people, appreciate a routine and a level of predictability

NEWS / LITTERS

Bobo and Atena above, Hercules and Gwangi below.