Puppies

Apex Anatolians is planning a couple exciting litters in 2024 with outside breeding partners' stud dogs! We will announce each litter to our notification list upon ultrasound pregnancy confirmation.

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2024 Litters

We are planning litters by new males in 2024! One of our own pups who is now grown and a young dog we met at the 2023 National Specialty. Details will be available as litters are confirmed!

Please complete an application to be on the notification list.

Rehab/Rehome

We do not have any adolescents or adults at this time. 

How to Get an Apex Puppy

If you read through our website and resonate with our mission of bringing science to the art of dog breeding to benefit you and our pups, please fill out an application early so we can make sure you get a pup!

Filling out an application is not binding and does not entitle you to a puppy. To be considered for a puppy, you will need to:
1. Fill out a puppy application.

2. Reach out to us via phone or email to confirm that you spoke with your Veterinarian and to ask any clarifying questions of us. (If you do not initiate contact, we will contact you eventually- but this is important to do if you are serious about getting a puppy within the next year.)

3. Provide a valid Veterinarian Reference for us to follow up with.

4. Schedule a call with Natalie to go over your questions and application, chat about your goals and ideal puppy, and decide if both parties wish to move forward.

5. After steps 1-4 are complete, we will accept a NON-REFUNDABLE Waitlist Fee of $500. This binds you to Apex Anatolians and a future litter. Should your situation change and/or you no longer wish to purchase a puppy from Apex Anatolians, you may transfer your Waitlist spot to another party once they have completed steps 1-4 satisfactorily.

6. You will get access to the Apex Puppy Preparation online course to help you be prepared for your pup!

The Waitlist Fee is not refundable, so please only go through these steps if you are serious about adding a puppy to your life in the next year or two. 

The Work Behind the Puppy

Each litter at Apex Anatolians is planned out sometimes for years before they are whelped. Raising, evaluating, and selecting the parents for each litter involves pedigree analysis, health testing, temperament evaluation, work aptitude evaluation, and a conformation breakdown. 

It’s important to match complimentary parents, and we take that job seriously. 

Once we decide on an pairing, we wait! Mother Nature can’t be rushed, and we have to make sure we catch and time the heat cycle of the prospective mother. Vet visit, Progesterone testing for dam and Brucellosis testing for both potential parents, collection and analysis of the male, artificial insemination or natural tie, then it’s a waiting game to do an ultrasound four weeks later. 

The ultrasound machine can both confirm pregnancy and give a puppy count, depending on the skill of the scanner. 

Once we know puppies are on the way, we get the whelping suite ready! We use an EZ Whelp brand whelping box and always whelp indoors to monitor mom and pups closely for the first few weeks. 

When the time comes, we attend our moms during whelping.

Birth

Birthweights are recorded for each pup, and every 12 hours after for the first few days, until regular gains are noted. 

Each pup gets a colored collar assigned to them to better track their weight, development and any hiccups along the way. They are handled gently and safely by adults and children from day 1.

Day 3 to 17

We take the puppies through Early Neurological Stimulation and Early Scent Introduction to build up resilience to stressors and note scent reactions. 

Week 3

We start puppy curriculum according to the Empowered Breeder program. New sounds, textures, obstacles, objects and more- pups are exposed to new experiences to build confidence. 

Week 4

Pups begin spending time with sheep, pigs and chickens.

Week 6

Puppies are fed in crates to train them that confinement is safe and rewarding. We recommend that all Apex pups are crated at least once a week as they grow to reinforce positive association with the crate in case a need arises for them to be confined, transported, evacuated, etc. This is much easier to train as a pup than as an adult who has never seen a crate!

Week 7

We evaluate each puppy individually for temperament with the BAB Puppy Evaluation protocol, and our own livestock and family guardian evaluation which will tell us which homes the pup is best suited for. 

Week 8

We give recommendations to each home on the Waitlist, in order of deposits received, so long as there is a pup who matches the home’s needs. 

If a home receives a pup recommendation but decides to pass on the current litter/pup, they will retain their place on the Waitlist for the next litter. Should they pass once more, a conversation with Apex will determine Waitlist placement going forward.

Once all pups are matched to their future homes, they will go home according to their ultimate purpose:

Working Livestock Guardian pups will be sent home at 12 weeks of age, unless the home has an adult working LGD to mentor and train the pup. In that case, placement age will be discussed with the home directly. 

Family Guardian pups will be available to go home to bond with their families sooner than working livestock puppies. This will be scheduled once the home confirms their puppy selection.

 

Go Home Day!

Once all pups are matched to their future homes, they will go home according to their ultimate purpose:

Working Livestock Guardian pups will be sent home at 12 weeks of age, unless the home has an adult working LGD to mentor and train the pup. In that case, placement age will be discussed with the home directly. 

Family Guardian pups will be available to go home to bond with their families sooner than working livestock puppies. This will be scheduled once the home confirms their puppy selection in week 8.

Included with Each Apex Puppy

Before Going Home, each puppy will have:

  1. Vet Wellness Visit to rule out any discernible health concerns.
  2. Health Record
    1. Microchip
    2. Up-to-date 5-Way vaccine protocol.
    3. Current on deworming protocol.
  3. AKC Registration paid and submitted by Apex to save you the paperwork.
  4. 30 days of Pet Insurance included with your puppy you activate on go-home day.
  5. Health Testing Verification for both of your puppy’s parents printed and in your puppy folder.
  6. Puppy Contract, your digital copy emailed to you.
  7. Genetic Health Guarantee in Contract.
  8. Training Guide for livestock work.
  9. Lifetime breeder support for breed/line related questions.