We hit the JACKPOT with these dogs. The Great Pyrenees is an amazing Livestock Guardian Dog (LGD). We chose this dog because they are the gentlest of the LGD breeds. Great with kids, loving towards their animals, and friendly with farm guests (as long as we're around!!)
The natural instincts that this breed has is simply incredible. We've seen them cuddled with sick bunnies, try to help an injured baby robin to fly, let my daughter sit on him like a horse, and mothered a new calf. They love attention, will happily sprawl by the fire with a rabbit for a nap, and literally leaps for joy whenever we come home... But make no mistake, he is not a pet. He is a WORKING DOG. His life is his animals; we humans are just a pleasant distraction.
That single-minded focus makes him the best farm dog, but also makes him a challenge to train. He LOVES us, but he considers us more as equals, and any "requests" we make are carefully considered for relevance. If he thinks that his job is more important than what we've asked him to do, then he will go do his job. And that is difficult to deal with, because it's not defiance. It is an intelligent weighing of his responsibilities. But he knows his job, and does it better than I could ever "instruct".
There are times when I have to put my foot down, and when I do it works, but I don't pretend to control them. They are my partners.
And when all is well, there is nothing he wants more than to be loved on by his people. And I am happy to oblige.