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Janet Flick, owner of Flickennel Dachshunds, has made a well-deserved international reputation for her lovely dachshunds, but in the summer of 2019 expanded 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, 2019 - 4 girls and 3 boys - they looked like a big pile of snow lying next to their mother! The sire is also a local dog, and this was 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 are keeping two of these canine Yetis with us (one male, one female), and sharing the rest with some special folks who need a big, friendly, protective dog or two. Another great 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!
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. The full pedigree information on Sugar and Leo is limited because of the newness of the breed - but far from being detrimental, 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!)
LITTER #2 - BORN 4-24-21, READY TO GO HOME 6-20.
SUGAR is our pure-white CMD. MAX is half CMD, half Great Dane. Great Danes are large dogs with great personalities, originally bred in Germany to hunt boar (wild hogs), bear and deer, but if you don't have such critters in your neighbor-hood, your GD-mix will still provide you with loyal companionship and be an impressive guardian and protector. They make wonderful service dogs, and even thrive in an apartment, if taken for a few long walks each day. This is truly a serendipitous blending of breeds! If you're not familiar with GDs, here's some information you will find interesting, and as it turns out, this litter contains most of the listed Dane colors and patterns, and the friendly nature of both parent breeds. Our crew has loved socializing these super-affectionate puppies! None of these pups look like they will have the sleek short-haired coat of the pure Great Dane, but will be somewhere between that and the shaggier CMD.
1F black & white, a Dane pattern known as "mantle" (a solid black blanket extending over the body and a black head, with a white face blaze, neck collar, chest and white on the forelegs). She doesn't have quite that much white, but enough of it to qualify as "mantled." Price: $350.
2F masked golden fawn, the most common Great Dane color, and very pretty with the white markings setting it off.
3F ivory. She's not quite white, not quite buttery cream - so I'm calling her ivory, and it's a very pretty color indeed! Price: $350.
4M pure white, and probably the shortest coat of the bunch.
5M masked-fawn & white, and shaggy. He resembles our extreme-white piebald dachshunds, in a very odd body . . . for a dachshund, that is!