Dog

  • Puppies

    Shazam x Jyn Litter Announcement

    Celebration! Today we celebrate a few firsts here at Apex Anatolians! Our first successful AI (artificial insemination, not intelligence) litter, first cesarean section, and first mini litter (2 pups) all happened today! Gratitude As many of my friends know, my mentor Janet Dotson and I undertook a passion project at the end of last year to breed Jyn to one of the  best dogs I’ve met (and I have met so many good dogs!) This was a very involved process with many people to thank: Janet (of course, again, forever), Dr. Souther and Jordan, Dr. Ferguson and the Blue Mountain team, my supportive husband, and my boys. The Story In…

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    The Turkish Shepherd Dogs in America – a Brief Timeline

    There is a long-standing debate between the owners of various Turkish Shepherd dogs in the United States and beyond. Varying opinions on which breed is “real,” “original,” or “recognized.” Some owners believe theirs is the only breed worth owning, or that the others are false imitations. This stems from a cultural difference between America and Türkiye. While working to preserve these fantastic dogs, Americans unintentionally created something new and exciting to argue about! While I do enjoy a good debate, it has become increasingly obvious that I don’t need to attend every argument I’m invited to attend. I know- I must be getting old or something. But it does raise…

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    The Grizzly and the New York Times

    The Grizzly Bear What a Fall it has been… In the first week of August, we had a new experience! A young grizzly bear (no, not a cinnamon black bear) found his way to our creek. He decided that this was a nice place to hang out for about 5 days. His visit did a few things. First, the bear perturbed the dogs to see something that large within 200 feet of the front fence line. The dogs were more alert than usual for August. That level of activity is more common in October when the bears raise the pressure and consider coming into our pastures. Second, the bear reports/photos…

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    The Bond: Shepherd and Shepherd’s Dog

    As you research the literature, limited studies, and first-hand accounts of livestock guardian dog use in North America, you may notice a chasm forming between 2 primary LGD camps: Hands-Off and Hands-On. I want to address both camps as I’ve seen them presented over the last decade and a half. This doesn’t mean that all hands-off LGD folks own a section or more, nor that all hands-on LGD folks live on a smaller plot. Generalizations fail to capture the complete picture, after all. For the sake of this post, I will present the *typical* differences between the two camps, and you can decide wherein you feel the most comfortable. Chances…

  • Dog,  Puppies

    Ares x Severine Anatolian Shepherd Puppies

    This is the Litter post for Ares and Severine‘s Anatolian Shepherd Puppies whelped July 18, 2022. It will be updated as the pups reach milestones, and our families on the deposit list have access to the litter’s photo album that is updated every few days! If you are looking to add an Anatolian pup to your farm or family, please check out our PUPPIES page to help you decide if one of our pups might be a good fit for you! July 18, 2022 Severine had a plan. A good plan! She was going to slink off to her den that she and the females before her had excavated into…

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    The A Litter

    We welcomed the A Litter on December 24, 2021! Apex 1 – Green Collar Female   The first female is the largest of the litter.   She is a traditional fawn with minimal white markings.   Green is dedicated to being on-duty with her stock and property! She is looking for a working LGD home with people who will encourage her to be the best worker bee she can be.   Apex 2 – Pink Collar Female  The second female looks the most like Severine as a pup.   She is a traditional fawn with white markings.   Pink is very much in love with people, which is great since…

  • Dog,  Health

    Health Testing Terminology

    Navigating the wonderful world of health testing is important, but it can also be confounding when you read that one breeder’s dog has an “Excellent PennHIP score” while another’s dog has a “.11, .18 PennHIP rating.”  What does that mean? And are both accurate representations of PennHIP results? Before we get into more complex questions like this one, let’s start with basic terms that you will likely encounter on your research journey into canine health testing. Please note the hotlines will take you to reference websites with more information.  This is the first part of a series on Health Testing. We hope you learn something that can help you on…

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    The Anatolian Shepherd Dog: Quick Look

     As you research the Anatolian Shepherd breed, you’ll find a multitude of opinions masked as facts. At Apex, we encourage our followers and clients to utilize their critical thinking skills to determine if the breed and breeding program is a good fit for them prior to placing any deposit or waitlist fee. This is to protect YOU from losing money and time. Below you’ll find some information and recommended resources. We hope you find this helpful in your search for your ideal dog! Origins and Today  Originating in Asia Minor/ “Anatolia,” the Anatolian Shepherd is a breed of livestock guardian dog consisting of many regional variations of “shepherd’s dogs” or…