Janet Flick, owner of Flickennel Dachshunds, has made a well-deserved international reputation for her lovely dachshunds, but is now (summer of 2019) expanding her horizons to include Colorado Mountain Dogs, a newly-recognized breed of protective guardian dogs. According to the website of the Colorado Mountain Dog Association:
"The mission of the Colorado Mountain Dog Association® is to promote the Colorado Mountain Dog as a devoted and reliable guardian of livestock, as well as a faithful and loving family dog, perfectly suited to family farms and ranches. The most unique trait of the CMD is its predictable acceptance of human visitors to the farm."
Since Flickennel is located in Colorado's Wet Mountains, the property is frequently visited by bears, cougars, bobcats, coyotes, rattlesnakes, and other predatory creatures, making it mandatory that we have at least two protective "big dogs" on the premises to keep those predators away, safeguarding our equines, goats, occasional pigs, and of course our dachshunds - as well as our family, staff and visitors. We are very conscious of the fact that large dogs can be quite intimidating, especially to children and people who aren't accustomed to them, so Janet began searching for a breed that would be protective but also friendly and gentle with people, especially strangers.
We've had a string of different big white Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGDs) over the years, usually with Great Pyrenees breeding, but also adding Anatolian Shepherd and Akbash to the mix. However, the dogs were rather stand-offish and could be less than friendly, so in casting about for a more benevolent breed, Janet came across the Colorado Mountain Dog, or CMD, which met all the standards she required. Subsequently, she found a breeder and obtained Sugar, her first CMD puppy. Dual-registered with the Colorado Mountain Dog Registry (CMDR) and the American Rare Breed Association (ARBA), Sugar was bred and gave birth to her first litter, on July 7 - there are 4 girls and 3 boys - they look like a big pile of snow lying next to their mother! The sire is also a local dog, and this is his first litter as well. Since big dogs usually produce big litters, this litter of SEVEN is actually "average" - Sugar's mother had 15 her first time, and 12 in her second litter. So, we plan to have at least two of these new snowballs stay with us (one male, one female), and share the rest with some special folks who need a big, friendly, protective dog or two. Another great unique feature of CMDs is that they don't drool or shed as much as most other large-breed dogs, and their fur doesn't get as matted, either!
Keep checking back here to see updates - we have our FIRST puppy photos below! The photo at the top of this page shows Sugar in front, with Kahuna, our Pyrenees/Anatolian/Akbash (he's neutered); the photos below show her and her CMD mate, Leo - he's the much-bigger dog! He and his owner are also shown here.
| |-Iris of Red Gate Farm
Leonidas-| _ Tirian
|_Tovah -| _ Caspian
Colorado Mountain Dogs are such a new breed, started in 2005 with the first breeding of Caspian & Snow (both Sugar's and Leo's great-grandparents) and officially recognized on Dec. 4, 2018, that pedigrees are very important to the few folks breeding them, emphasizing the great positive aspects while minimizing any recessive negatives, or accidentally inbreeding. We're still working on getting the full pedigree information on Sugar and Leo, but here is what we know so far - the back-breeding helps set the wonderful traits of the breed, and is what every registered breed of animal looked like in the beginning. (These are just their call-names; their registered names are much longer!)
Price for both girls and boys is set at $800, with optional dual-registration in both the American Rare Breed Association (ARBA) and Colorado Mountain Dog Registry (CMDR) for $300 more. Please use the PayPal button below, for your girl. This button is reusable, unlike our single-use dachshund buttons, so it won't disappear or stop working until all of that gender are gone. Since they ARE different, please call Janet and let her know WHICH PUPPY you are buying so we can mark it SOLD.
Despite the lighting and what our cameras do, these puppies are like baby polar bears - pure snow-white. Mom and Dad are pure white - CMDs may have "badger" (tinted mask-like) markings on their faces, but ours do NOT, and it won't develop over time - they'll stay white! They are so similar, we've marked each with a different color between their shoulder-blades to tell them apart. You can see it in some pictures, not all, but it's there!
1F PINK mark. AVAILABLE!
3F RED mark. AVAILABLE!
We still have two female puppies for sale!
Sugar and her 'polar bear' pups