ANATOLIAN MISUNDERSTOOD by ShaRON NEwcOMb
A natolian Shepherd Dogs are “guardians” not attack dogs. Two very different temperaments. He is by nature a defense dog. This is a breed that will want to make its own deci- sions. It is their nature to protect their charges and to be very aware of their surroundings and to look for danger. His brain is hard-wired to protect. Good working temperament should not rush up to strangers, wagging their tails and soliciting petting. Our standard says: “Reserve around strangers and off its territory is acceptable.” “Bold but calm, unless challenged.” “Responsiveness with animation is not characteristic.” “OVER HANDLING would be discouraged.” This should paint you a picture of a dog that is not supposed to “LIKE” the friendly stranger. We ask our Ana- tolians to submit to us and trust our decision that he stand quietly and allow examination. Examination should be minimal, respectful and quiet. We do not say “full dentition” in the standard because we didn’t want judges digging in the mouth. You only need to check for scis- sor or level. Both are allowed. Over- shot, undershot or wry is disqualify- ing. Chirping non-stop to the dog in a loud, aggressive voice could be misun- derstood. I would not recommend fol- lowing the dog as he gaits around and I think it is smart not to come from behind the dog to put hands on him. Some Anatolian exhibitors work very hard to teach their dogs to show and give ears. I refer you back to our standard, “Animation is not character- istic.” This is a breed that is more com- fortable being presented with the head held rather than standing and baiting.
“IT IS THEIR NATURE TO PROTECT THEIR CHARGES aND TO bE vERy awaRE Of ThEIR SURROUNDINgS aND TO lOOk fOR DaNgER.”
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