Acquired: Breeder (professional),
Bred dog myself,
Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.),
Rescue / shelter organization
Training: Previous owner, I haven't learned care / training techniques, Attended conferences / shows, Books, Friends, I’ve taught bird care / training techniques
Posted July 11, 2011
Anatolians are the best at livestock guarding and they include their owners in the flock. They do not, however, become serious guardians until they are between eighteen months and two years old. We have people who actually turn nine month old babies into rescue because they "aren't guarding the livestock" or the "chase the livestock." Even a breed as hard-wired to guard as the Anatolian Shepherd needs training. Sometimes training can be done by an older, experienced guardian but human intervention is at times necessary.