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I've recently fallen in love with the breeds looks and characteristics and have met one on the park who seemed quite a handfull (so big!!). Does anyone here have any experience of them? They seem like they're quite a hard dog to own regarding socialisation etc. but is this just people going OTT? I know with certain breeds all you hear about is how hard they are to control etc. etc. but is this entrely true with this breed? Just found this gorgeous girl in rescue - Nazar - 1-2 year old female Anatolian Shepherd dog for adoption :001_tt1::001_tt1:
 

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Aw, she's beautiful :D

Don't personally know anything about the breed, but if what they say on the site is true, it sounds like she's a great dog and pretty well socialised already :D
 

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Aw, she's beautiful :D

Don't personally know anything about the breed, but if what they say on the site is true, it sounds like she's a great dog and pretty well socialised already :D
Aye, she seems like she might be an exception from what i've seen though? Also I'm not sure if they're a breed you can let off lead so wondered if someone here could clear that up for me. There's a lovely lad in LBDR right now but he is advertised as never being let off and I couldn't own a breed that had to be confined like that all the time personally.
 

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Its been suggested that my Lexi may have some anatolian in her, and looking at that link I can see why...they are also a LGD so being from a working farm you never know. I have heard they are stubborn and early training is a must and patience same as with the Pyr....
 

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My sister has had three of these and I did a presentation on the breed when I did my City & Guilds in Canine Studies quite a number of years ago so had to do a lot of research - not easy with a rare breed! They are a guardian breed who like plenty of space and benefit from lots of socialisation when young, as most dogs do anyway. As for training, they respond well to positive reinforcement training but they will also use their intelligence to make their own decisions if they believe their owners to be mistaken! :D In other words, do not expect them to obey just because yo say so - they have to agree too! :rolleyes: But, they can make good companions if treated with respect and kindness, not with dominance methods - use these and they dig their heels in hence the 'stubborn' reputation. They are not always the most reliable off lead as if they see something in the distance that requires investigation, hey may decide to go and see what it is first. Just the flock guardian instinct but some owners find it annoying! Beware if you are house proud as they literally moult like camels during their moults! :eek: They are a beautiful breed but a prospective owner should do a lot more research rather than just 'liking the look'.
A quick google brought this site up (I always think that rescue sites give a clearer description of what breeds are like) ANATOLIAN INFORMATION
 

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My sister has had three of these and I did a presentation on the breed when I did my City & Guilds in Canine Studies quite a number of years ago so had to do a lot of research - not easy with a rare breed! They are a guardian breed who like plenty of space and benefit from lots of socialisation when young, as most dogs do anyway. As for training, they respond well to positive reinforcement training but they will also use their intelligence to make their own decisions if they believe their owners to be mistaken! :D In other words, do not expect them to obey just because yo say so - they have to agree too! :rolleyes: But, they can make good companions if treated with respect and kindness, not with dominance methods - use these and they dig their heels in hence the 'stubborn' reputation. They are not always the most reliable off lead as if they see something in the distance that requires investigation, hey may decide to go and see what it is first. Just the flock guardian instinct but some owners find it annoying! Beware if you are house proud as they literally moult like camels during their moults! :eek: They are a beautiful breed but a prospective owner should do a lot more research rather than just 'liking the look'.
A quick google brought this site up (I always think that rescue sites give a clearer description of what breeds are like) ANATOLIAN INFORMATION
Thanks for that and the link. I find most information on the internet just seems like it was written by some guy who wanted the breed to sound 'ard' if you know what I mean, hence asking here instead. :)
 

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Thanks for that and the link. I find most information on the internet just seems like it was written by some guy who wanted the breed to sound 'ard' if you know what I mean, hence asking here instead. :)
Agreed! That's why I tend to go more by what reputable breeders and rescues say. Reputable breeders usually have the best interests of their puppies at heart and rescues tell it 'warts & all'. If you have any more questions, just ask and I will haul out my C&G files and see if I have the answers in there as I cannot remember it all without reading through it now due to the nature of my illness.:)
 
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