The Anatolian Shepherd Dog developed in the mountains of Turkey. It is a fiercely loyal guard dog and is still used to protect the flocks in its native land. Its size can be intimidating and yet it is known to be warm and loving to children. It is known to blow its coat annually and its nutritional requirements can change during this time. For example, their requirement for protein and fat increases while the lost coat is being replaced.
Lucy has been removed from the Anatolian Shepherd Dog breeding program due to her age, and for health reasons. During 2008 when we bred her she ended up with a pyometra; which is a uterine infection. We were able to treat the condition, however once a female dog has this condition they are prone to having it reoccur each cycle. We did breed her the following season and she did not become pregnant again so it was decided to spay her and place her in a home. A home has been found for her with one of the volunteers from Anatolian Shepherd Dog Outreach, she is currently going to her home for visits, and will be placed there permanently in July after the family holiday.
|Anatolian Shepherd Dog With Ceetah|
Llondiwe, one of the 2 year old females imported from the US did not pass her hip and elbow x-rays and
it was decided to spay her and place her in a home. The surgery has been done and she has recovered,
currently she is housed at Anatolian Shepherd Outreach to socialize her to make placing her easier.
Angel is due to come back into season in late June or early July, we plan to breed her again this year if
we have interest in possibly selling some of the puppies on the commercial market and also to replace
some of the dogs that had to be pulled from the project. Mercedes is due to come into season as well still this year, as she is still a young breeding Anatolian Shepherd Dog her cycles are not as predictable at this point. It will be discussed when she comes into season as to if we breed her this year or wait until next year. Helen is due to come back into season as well, at that time it will be discussed at to whether we will be breeding her or spaying her and placing her in a home.
There are six female camps for the dogs that are 15m by 9m each. A small wooden house was built in each camp for the Anatolian Shepherd dogs to sleep in, additional shade is also provided. With the current design of the camps all the Anatolian Shepherd dogs have access to a big area for play and energy release. This area is also used for grazing for the sheep and in doing this all the Anatolian Shepherd have contact with the livestock.
|Anatolian Shepherd Dog|
In addition to the housing camps we have also developed a whelping area where females can be kept in isolation from the other females. This area provides shelter for the mom and Anatolian Shepherd puppies in a separate concrete area closer to the veterinary facility, thus enabling easier and better hygiene and monitoring. The whelping area is also set up with lighting and additional heating and fans if necessary in inclement or very warm weather. When puppies reach a certain age and size, they would be moved down to the female enclosure areas where there are puppy pens set up.
|Anatolian Shepherd Puppies|
The pens are set up so the sheep can be in the larger enclosure with the puppies, but not be able to get into the Anatolian Shepherd puppy area so no puppy is accidentally trampled. This gives the puppies some exposure to the livestock prior to being placed on the farms. Anatolian Shepherd Dog Outreach currently house Merino and Dorper sheep and plan on acquiring a few Boer goats as to expose young puppies to additional types of livestock they might be placed with eventually.
Food supplies found in this breed's native area of Turkey would have included lamb, poultry, and brown rice. Any oils would have been from sources like olives or avocados. For the Anatolian Shepherd I recommend foods made with lamb, brown rice, and poultry. The food should be high in the fatty acids from vegetable sources such as the avocado. I also feel you should avoid feeding this breed a food that contains beef, horse meat, white rice, potato, soy or beet pulp.