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Anatolian Shepherd Dog / Collie Mix

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Is this dog right for you?

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The basics:
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes. 

The pairing between an Anatolian Shepherd Dog and a Collie isn't all that common, but you may occasionally encounter this mix in a rescue.

Appearance / health:
While all mixed-breed dogs can vary in appearance, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog / Collie Mix could be larger than you expected. Are you ready for a large, athletic animal with a mind of its own?

Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact personality of a mixed-breed dog, the reality is that this blend of two highly intelligent livestock herding/guardian breeds is likely to be too much dog for the average owner. The Collie can be sensitive, while the Anatolian Shepherd Dog can be independent and willing to test your dominance. Unless you're an intuitive and experienced dog psychologist, you may feel you're walking on eggshells with this mix.