Anatolian Shepherd Dogs have a long history of guarding flocks. Most Anatolian Shepherd Dogs used to protect livestock today trace their origins to Europe and Asia. Among the most popular are the Great Pyrenees, who once guarded against wolves and bears in France; the Turkish Akbash, Kangal, and Anatolian shepherd; the Hungarian Komondor and Kuvasz; the Italian Maremma; and the Tibetan mastiff. Characteristics Anatolian Shepherd Dogs who guard flocks share several traits. They are large, independent, courageous, domineering, and territorial. Weighing 100 pounds or more, most are white and blend in with the sheep they protect. Their desire to defend sheep stems from instinct rather than training. Guard Anatolian Shepherd Dogs differ from herding Anatolian Shepherd Dogs in that they move among the sheep without being intrusive while remaining alert to danger. Despite their calm nature, they are wary of intruders. Puppy Training Flock guard Anatolian Shepherd Dogs begin training as puppies. Socialization occurs from the time a puppy is 4 weeks old until it is 14 weeks. The younger a dog is when placed among livestock, the more effective it is when grown. Puppies large enough not to be trampled are placed with lambs at 8 weeks. The farmer monitors their adjustment. Since bonding with the sheep is critical, they interact more with sheep than with humans during training. Because their minds must be on the sheep, they aren't often allowed to play with children. They learn obedience training and basic commands when young.