Shepherds Rest Farm

Breeding New Anatolian Shepherd Import Lines - Direct From Turkey

Name:  Shepherds Rest Farm

Location:  Newberg, Oregon, United States

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The 3-shoulder-white-spots girl (above) is 12 lbs, 5 oz at 6 weeks old. She seems like she is going to be a very big girl. She has lots of extra skin to grow into! On the preliminary temperament testing, she was one of the 2 puppies that actually went to investigate the umbrella when it was opened near her. (All the puppies looked at the umbrella but only 2 went toward it.) This whole litter does not have a very high degree of startle responses to strange objects.
The medium-brown girl with the white tip tail is now 13 lbs, 5 oz. This chunky gal was the only one in the preliminary temperament testing to completely ignore pan lids being suddenly banged together. She obviously heard it, but had no curiosity whatsoever in the sound as if it was a common sound. (All other pups turned their heads toward the sound.) This litter is not highly sensitive to sound, at least at this point in their development. Also, because the gate latch always clanks loudly when entering, perhaps they associate the obnoxious sound of metal on metal as something not to worry about, or even something good (people are coming to pet them or feed them!).
The medium-brown girl with the all dark tail is 9 lbs, 12 oz. She is quite a character. She likes to play and has great eye contact. She was the only one that immediately retrieved a crumpled up piece of paper and carried it around for a bit. (Most of the litter looked at the crumpled ball of paper and just ignored it.) She will be a fun girl to train, as she seems eager to please!
The lightest-colored female is now about the same color as her mother and her heaviest-weight sister. She weighs 12 lbs, 4 oz. She is the most interested in the goats at this age. She stayed the closest the longest to the goats when all in the same pasture together.
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