GENERATION 1- a heritage of the most carefully chosen Australian Shepherd, Great Pyrenees and Newfoundland genes.
"Homestead"- a home, especially a farm house and outbuildings.
"Paradise"- a place or state of bliss, felicity or delight
These two words encompass what the traits and appearance of this dog mean to us. The purpose they have. And also their beauty and structure.
We've got big ideas for the design of the ideal, healthy, AND highly-attractive all purpose homestead dog in the coming years. The most dominant genetics component will stem from the Great Pyrenees, with the addition of the best Australian Shepherd & Newfoundland genetics that we have found . Our skillfully designed breed is to be be the SUM of 100% intentional weaving of the best dogs & their genetics in order to have, with time & work what will become a new purebred....our Homestead Paradise dog. And to the skeptics out there- well, I don't care if YOU are skeptical. We are NOT! :-)
The intentional cultivation of new breeds, utilizing already existing breeds is how every recognized PUREBRED we have today was originally made. We aren't dealin' temporary "fad" breeding. With every treasured & valued breed of dog we have today- they started when people recognized a need to enhance (or mitigate) various canine features. So they took a variety of available breed components and interwove them until they reached the desired outcome & consistency of the new desired dog breed. And that is also what our vision & intent is. The sum of a dog breed (and any animal breed) is purposefully interweaving specific genetics in order to get:
We are driven by a love that thousands share for the majestic presence and fantastic guardian abilities of the great Pyrenees, tempered by the reality that very often they are desired by people who find that they are a bit too much to handle. They are incredible dogs for the right setting, but a lot of people on small farms/homesteads get overwhelmed by a few of their features, primarily their desire to roam and the high level of barking they engage in.
While both of these traits are possible (and worthwhile) to manage, not every person has the time, patience and skill set to make their property escape-proof for a Pyrenees. And when it comes to barking, we love the sound of our pyrs outside late at night doing their job of making sure no unwanted intruders come around, but if you have close neighbors they might not like it quite as much. In our experience there is no quicker way to find out that you have a petty and easily annoyed neighbor, than putting a Great Pyrenees out there and letting him guard your property all night long.
With the goal of making these traits more manageable on a smaller acreage setting, we are bringing the addition of Newfoundland and Australian Shepherd genetics.
The Newfoundland helps to retain the big boned frame that we love in a Pyr, while bringing in a much less independent temperament than a Pyr. A Pyrenees acts more like his own boss, while a Newfoundland acts more like your employee. A Pyrenees wants to roam around to make sure there are no nearby threats, while a Newfoundland is typically more content to stay close to make sure everything is okay "right here".
When Lewis & Clark set out in 1804 on their famous expedition from St. Louis MO to the Oregon coast, they were accompanied by a loyal Newfoundland dog who proved to be a valuable asset to them on their journey all the way there and back. If they had tried to take a Great Pyrenees he would have probably gotten lost in the first week.
The Australian Shepherd brings with it a similar level of commitment to working duties but adds the desire in the dog to be truly devoted to it's masters. The Australian shepherd genes also bring to the table a herding drive, the same luscious coat type of the other 2 breeds, AND adds more color variety.
These are the traits we will be capturing within our Homestead Paradise dog (Please understand, the "Generation 1" current litter does not yet have ALL of these specific traits, in particular the coloring yet, because it will take generations before we get to the exact goal, but they are still basically puppies with these characteristics):
-Aaron & Emily
Our giant Great Pyrenees Newfoundland sire
Bella, our stoutly built & utterly sound Australian Shepherd bitch. Bella is a family favorite
Onward Acres Farm is our family's private residence... it is NOT a public farm or kennel. The transfer of the puppy to the buyer takes place at an agreed upon public location. This is for the bio-security, general security and privacy of our family, home & livestock. We provide plenty of honest photos of our beautiful setting here on our website, so that anyone who buys a puppy from us can feel assured that their puppy comes from a clean setting.
OUR PUPPIES DO NOT COME WITH A 'SMOKE & MIRRORS' CONTRACT FULL OF OBNOXIOUS REQUIREMENTS, NOR BOGUS GUARANTEES FROM US. OUR DOGS ARE MANAGED WITH OLD FASHIONED LOGICAL PURPOSE. THEY ARE ARE HARDY, HEALTHY AND HIGH QUALITY.
We can't sell our puppies with " health guarantees". That is simply not possible to guarantee after the new owner has the puppy, period. Dogs can't stay healthy just because some useless paperwork said that they would. (DOGS ARE NOT APPLIANCES!). The only way a dog stays healthy is if the owner purposefully takes good care of them. After studying dog structure & dog health for years, you can trust in the fact that we only utilize high quality and sound breeding dogs.
We have a lot of great health maintenance recommendations for folks who purchase one of our healthy gorgeous puppies. However, we're certainly not under the illusion that we can control the sold dog's life. Our dogs have all been raised to be healthy hearty farm dogs. Our puppies come with appropriate shots and a vet health certificate. But once a puppy has left our care into the new owner's care, it is up to them to keep up & maintain the good health. ___________________________________________