his is an ancient breed that originated in Turkey as a livestock guardian dog. His job was to protect the flock from predators. Today, he is prized as a deterrent for both livestock rustlers and animal predators of every kind.

The Anatolian is a large, impressive, powerful dog looking fully capable of defending a flock from wolves or bears. Females should be 27 inches tall or taller and males 29 inches tall or taller. Weight can range from 80 to 160 pounds. The coat varies in length, from about 1 to 4 inches long. Color can vary, too, with all colors acceptable.

Grooming is not difficult at all; the coat should be brushed twice a week.

Anatolians need daily exercise. A long walk or a nice jog beside a bicycle will suffice. Although puppies are playful, adults are quite serious and few enjoy games.

Gary Jakobi, President of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog Club of America, says, "Anatolians are highly territorial and possessive of their charges, whether four-legged or two-legged." Although early socialization is good, and the dogs are not aggressive, it will not change their nature. The same applies to obedience training. This breed is very intelligent and learns quickly; however, they were bred for thousands of years to think on their own. They may comply with most commands, but they may also decide to ignore commands. Someone who wishes to have an obedient, compliant dog should not get an Anatolian.

Jakobi says, "Anatolians think of children the same way they think of lambs—something small to be protected." As such, they are very tolerant but will not be a child's playmate. They are also good with other pets and dogs that were raised in the family. This breed can be a good family dog for people who truly understand what the breed is. These dogs are "hardwired" to be who they are, and no amount of training (or anything else) will change them. This is a healthy breed.

Breed in Brief

Registries: AKC, UKC Occupation: Guardian Size: 27 to 29+ in tall; 80 to

160 lbs Longevity: 11 to 13 years Exercise: Active puppy; calm adult

Training: Intelligent and independent Grooming: Easy

Pit Bulls as Pets

Pit Bulls as Pets

Are You Under The Negative Influence Of Hyped Media Stereotypes When It Comes To Your Knowledge Of Pit Bulls? What is the image that immediately comes into your mind when you think of the words Pit Bull? I can almost guarantee that they would be somewhere close to fierce, ferouscious, vicious, killer, unstoppable, uncontrollable, or locking jawed man-eaters.

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