My aunt told me that on occasion, the great pyreness that is used as a protector for sheep herds, will mate with a coyote. Often, for whatever reason, the pups have to be rescued (I am going to assume that it is because the ranchers do not want them since they want only the pure pyrenees to protect their flock).
She said she knows a lady who occasionally has a pup, and finds it a loving home.
I thought this was a very odd story. How often does this happen, is it true? I wondered what this cross would look like, etc.
When I heard the story, I made all sorts of jokes about the arrangment between the coyote and the pyrenees. "I will pretend to watch over this flock, but will sneak you a sheep or two through the year, as long as you stay close, my love"
An intact male with a spayed female... makes sense. I knew those ranchers were smarter than this story gave them credit for! ;)
***Edited By: kdubbs27 on 1/21/2007 9:40:08 PM*** Reason: add
My parents own a Great Pyr and I own a Maremma, both females and both live alone with their herds of sheep. They are bred to protect sheep, in heat or not they would never want anything to do with a coyote except to kill it!! Lots of our neighbors also have these dogs and I have never heard of them breeding with a coyote. Maybe it has happened before but it's definitlly not a common thing!
I've had coydogs, but this myth sounds about as farfetch as the myth that sledders tie female sled dogs to posts in the middle of known wolf passes and wait for the dog to be mated with by a male wolf. It's just not logical, knowing the animals involved, and their habits.
Hi Folks, I have a rough collie coyote cross female dog, she is the best girl in the world, she is my second coydog, she has two pups now, two weeks old, dad is great Pyrenees, the pups are big, and beautiful, and going to be smart and gentle, both dogs are great with kids, and livestock.