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So my husband went out and brought home a LGD puppy after i told him not to..
I was not happy at all. Puppies are alot of work and i didnt want another dog let alone a puppy...

So here he is. He is a kangal maremma mix. Almost 3 months old now as he has been here 2 weeks.

He has bonded with my one newer cat Asanti, who was just diagnosed with nasal cancer. They are always near each other when the puppy is inside. He spends part of the time outside with moe and sadie and my husband during the day, then sleeps in the house at night for now since he is a baby.
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He's adorable. He also seems to like having his pic taken.

All this time I thought it was you that had the little problem with bringing animals home. Now the truth is known, it's both of you! :D
 

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I always discuss before i bring anything home. My hisband unfortunately didnt listen, i told him no puppies. He decided to ignore me. I wasnt happy to say the least, im still not happy about it. ive raised enough puppies over the years and i told him they are alot of work and i prefer adult dogs. He seemed to think i needed this breed to guard my chickens.
He does like to pose for pics though lol.
 

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Yeah, puppies are a ton of work. But he's there and is taking on a decent amount of the training. At least I hope he is.

I'm down to my last dog now. Fuzzie is turning 15 and is a large mixed breed, 80 pounds of old dog. I've made the decision no more. If something happens to me then that leaves others to have to deal with what to do with my animals.
 

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Yep he is being trained. Since he is a LGD he is being trained with the goats and chickens. its more challenging since he was born outside and raised outside and then he came here . he sleeps in the house at night, he cant defend himself against a bear or coyote at 2 months old. During the day he is outside with my other 2 dogs and in and out . Housebreaking is weirdly easy considering he was outside prior to coming here.
He is pretty solid, we have been taking him to tractor supply and the local feed store for some socializing, and he so far isnt phased by anything. Gets a bit carsick on longer rides but is getting better.
He has literally tripled in size in 3 weeks. He was 25lbs when my husband brought him home and soo tiny... he is around 40lbs now and every time he sleeps he grows.
He is super photogenic i agree lol, i take maybe 50 pics to get a good two lol.
 

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You know the dogs I've had that were easiest to house train were dogs that started out outside. I didn't realize that until you said how easy he's been to house train. I didn't have to house train the three brothers at all. After we found them they stayed outside. I don't even know why I decided to start bringing them in at night but it was a month or more after I found them.
 

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I wonder why they are the easiest to housetrain. Ive never had an outside dog, im still not sold on the idea. I prefer my dogs to live in the house. Im sorta ok with it. I know some working dogs live outside cause they protect the livestock. i dont really have livestock that needs protection from a serious guard dog.

I also prefer the older dogs. Inwanted an older lgd that needed a good home and was actually getting one in july that was 8 from the rescue i got abby our great pyrenees mix from but she had cancer and the foster home had to have her euthanized.
 

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My hubs wanted our Redbone hound to be kenneled outside. I couldn't abide that so Leon was in the house at night and doing whatever he wanted to do during the day. But the first few months of his life, he was outside. That must be the secret, start them outside and then bring them in. Housebreaking made easy.

I wonder if Duke will live outside at night.
 

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Duke will live inside at night if he wants, or outside. Itwill be up to him. I already have a doghouse outside for him that i took out of the goat yard, he doesnt go in it now lol but maybe one day if he wants
 

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2nd vaccines last night.
He is 50lbs. he is 3 months old on july 4th..

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What's your guess on his adult weight? It appears he's going to be a big hoss. One that you can sell pony rides on. :D
 

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Im thinking between 100-150. His mother is 120 and the father is around 150.
 

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Yep moe likes them too. sadie not so much.
He will probably be huge.
Today we took him to a bbq at a friend's house. He was a huge hit, handled the 25 people great, and slept most of the time lol.
some folks pet him some didnt, but he was great with everyone
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I probably would have put him in my pocket and taken him home.

One of the hardest things for me is to see a dog in one of the stores and not want to pet it. But in deference to owners I either ask or I just look and make a comment of praise to the owner.
 

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Almost 4 months old. 50 lbs.
He is as tall as my female gsd.
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