Why I have Anatolians as livestock guardians
She turned out to be exactly what I wanted, and was an AKC Champion by the time she was a year and a half. She won so many shows that she qualified for entry at the Eukaneuba Championshp show. I could not resist entering her in that prestigious
show, even though Tampa was a long drive. She did not win, but got tons of cheers for her puppy antics in the ring,when she kept tugging at the judge's pants all the way around the ring. This dog turned out to be a phenomenal guardian of my herd. No critters other than those that belongedto my farm were allowed into the barn or pasture. When she was two years old, her hips and elbows were OFA certified. She lived a long and healthy life, and I added a male to help her as she got older. Currently, I have my third one, and that is the only breed I will ever use to guard my animals. They are exceptionally smart, instinctively know what to do, even if the owner does not. Their size is intimidating to predators as well as thieves, but if they are introduced to people, they are generally friendly. Like most breeds of that kind, they are also great judges of character.
The most important thing is to get an Anatolian from a good breeder!!