Ten Talents Farm: Colorado Mountain Dogs


Ten Talents Farm​​


Our farm is dedicated to breeding & training the best Colorado Mountain Dogs / Livestock Guardian Dogs  available that will love & guard both family & livestock whether on the farm or hiking trails. All puppies are now sold with back
dew claws removed and MICRO CHIPPED.
Available Puppies
Now Taking Reservations for Spring 2019 Puppies!

Our next breeding is scheduled between Sadie and Yetozzie (Toz), which should give us puppies late February (ready to go home late April). After that, Pyxis will be bred to Nimbus (a 3rd generation CMD new to the program) and hopefully give us puppies in May (ready in July). We generally don’t breed our females more than once a year to give them a break, and we don’t want more puppies than we can adequately train at one time. Their moms teach them good manners around livestock, but we go beyond.

f you think you might be interested in one of our dogs, fill out the form below. You can also call us at 719-244-4468 and leave a message or email us at [email protected] Paul or I will get in touch with you as soon as possible to answer any questions you may have. ​

Though not a requirement, we highly recommend you visit our farm to be certain our dogs and our practices meet with your expectations. All breeders have slightly different philosophies and practices, and though Colorado Mountain Dogs used to come from very similar stock, they don’t necessarily now so get to know your breeder and their dogs, and ask lots of questions. Puppy Guarantees also vary so please read ours carefully before placing a deposit. 


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How to Reserve Your Puppy

When you place your non-fundable $250 deposit with us, you are placed on our “Reservation List” in the order of your deposit. Always check with us before placing your deposit to see how many are ahead of you and when you might expect to get a puppy. If you specify gender (we tend to have fewer females) or a preferred pairing, it can take up to 12 months to get your puppy.

When our pups are born, we will notify you if a pup is available, and regular visit times will be established for you to come visit the puppies. At 8 weeks, the first person in line will choose their pup, then the second, then third, etc. You may take your puppy at that time but we prefer you leave him/her until 10 weeks old for further training. If you decide to forgo the current litter and available puppy, you can opt to wait for the next litter. In that case, you will stay on our “Waiting List” and advance in placement. ​
PUPPY TRAINING

As professional trainers, we have done our best to develop our program to give you a puppy that will fulfill your expectations and give him/her the best life possible as a lifelong companion. 
  
BIRTH - 4 WEEKS: Puppies start their training at birth with lots of handling and stimulation to give them a jump start on the socialization process so vital for well-adjusted adult dogs. Many of the most common problems adolescent dogs develop come from fear - fear of the unknown and unfamiliar. By exposing our pups to a lot of people, places, situations, and sounds, our puppies grow in confidence and thus the ability to deal with unfamiliar situations.

Our puppies are also raised in a specially designed environment to help them develop good habits, primarily in the areas of elimination, chewing/biting, and jumping excessively when excited. Their puppy house is designed to encourage elimination outside rather than inside, and they are trained “where” to eliminate rather than indiscriminately wherever they happen to be (this “passive potty training” is vital if you are acquiring a CMD as a companion dog that will be inside the house often). Meals are served entirely through chew toys as they progress beyond nursing. This helps puppies release excess energy in a healthy manner as well as what is appropriate to chew/bite on.  
  
4 WEEKS: Obedience training starts with teaching pups to be attentive to the people around them, in this case, us. They are taught to sit and look directly in our eyes, thus preparing them for future commands. A dog who doesn't pay attention to you can't easily be trained. 

6 WEEKS: All dogs, including livestock guardians, need to know basic obedience commands (come, sit, stand, down, stay). These are important for doctor visits, recreation, travel, etc.

8-10 WEEKS: All training is refined, and walking on a leash is introduced. Upon request, special arrangements can be made with us to train your pup to meet your particular needs, such as crate training (extensive training may require additional fee).

Livestock Training:
CMDs are natural protectors and our pups live among our livestock from birth, being trained by both their mother and our other dogs. We only help out when necessary.

Taking Your Puppy Home:
We breed for the best puppy "nature" can achieve, but "nurture" is just as important. Once you bring your puppy home, other factors will come into play to shape your dog’s temperament. They are:
               - when and how you interact with your dog
               - the environment you bring your dog into
               - the dog's individual personality as well as yours
               - other animals in your household
A puppy needs a lot of guidance the first year so we send buyers home with training tips for raising great dogs. We are also happy to consult with anyone who has purchased one of our pups.
  

Older Dogs Occasionally Available


Kaiju (right) is a 2 year old male (son of Pyxis and Toz) who was recently sold. He now guards  sheep, goats, chickens, and camels (yes, camels!), We occasionally have older dogs available, but we will also raise up and train an older dog for you upon request. 
Pictured left is "Bree" at 20 months. She was one of my very best livestock guardians and now lives on a large bison ranch in Kansas. Older dogs are generally spayed or neutered and cost more.
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Puppy Cost:  $850

$250 Non-Refundable Deposit Required to Reserve Puppy

Total Cost is $850

  ​We will ship nationwide for an additional fee.

For more information on our puppies,
please fill out this form and we will contact you.

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Colorado Mountain Dogs