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Anatolian Livestock

Protection Dogs

Anatolian Shepherd Dog-Misleading Name Don't   be   mislead   by   the   name   "Anatolian   Shepherd Dog." The Anatolian is not a herding dog, but rather a livestock    protection    or    guardian    dog.    These    dogs have   a   history   that   appears   to   go   back   thousands   of years   to   ancient   areas   in   and   around   Turkey.   They were     selectively     bred     by     nomadic     herders     to independently guard their livestock. Characteristics of Today's Anatolian As   a   result,   the   Anatolian   of   today   demonstrates   the ability   to   withstand   harsh   climates   with   both   extreme hot   or   cold   conditions.   They   are   independent   yet   loyal to   their   family   unit   which   may   include   both   human and livestock members. They   demonstrate   both   speed   and   size;   the   speed necessary   to   confront   threats   and   the   size   to   take   on large    predators    like    coyotes,    bears,    wolves    and mountain   lions.   Having   said   that,   it   must   be   pointed out    that    the    Anatolian    seldom    needs    to    resort    to fighting predators off. From   our   observations   at   Shear   Perfection   Ranch,   the Anatolians    establish    a    protective    area    toward    the center   of   the   property   with   an   outer   defensive   sector surrounding   it.   They   pick   a   vantage   point   from   which they    can    see    the    entire    property.    Their    defense posturing   is   slowly   progressive.   The   initial   barking   is   a mild   yet   confident   warning   to   observed   predators   or intruders   that   there   are   better   places   for   them   to   be. If   that   warning   is   not   sufficient,   the   next   is   a   more rapid,    agressive    alarm    bark    which    serves    a    dual purpose.   It   tells   the   intruder   that   the   Anatolians   mean business    and    it    tells    the    sheep    to    retreat    to    the central   protective   zone.   If   there   is   more   than   one Anatolian   on   duty,   one   dog   generally   takes   command of   the   outer   perimeter   while   the   other   is   stationed just    outside    the    central    protective    area    with    the livestock.   Actual   confrontations   with   intruders   occur rarely and only after warnings go unheeded. Anatolians Not for Everyone If   you   tend   to   spoil   your   dogs   and   let   them   run   the show,    then    Anatolians    are    not    for    you.    Anatolian owners   must   establish   their   position   as   pack   leader, otherwise    you    will    not    be    able    to    socialize    your Anatolian   to   be   obedient   in   unfamilar   surroundings and   around   unfamiliar   people.   If   you   are   unfamiliar with   the   techniques   of   establishing   pack   leadership we    recommend    introducing    yourself    to     The    Dog Whisperer   and   Leader of the Pack Anatolian Stats Males average 29-32 inches tall and 100-145 pounds. Females average 27-31 inches tall and 88-120 pounds. .
Above are our dogs, below are our pups at their new homes