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

Sirin Puppies 6 Weeks Old

Sirin's puppies are ALREADY able to be together with the goats, as they are coordinated enough to get away quickly if they need to, to not be underfoot of the livestock. The goats, although used to Anatolians, are NOT used to 7 puppies. Whenever the goats would startle at something, so would the puppies! So they were startling each other, which is quite amusing. It made the puppies pay very close attention to the goats!
The male is now 14 lbs, 12 oz at 6 weeks old. He is a happy and VERY laid-back fellow. But interestingly, he also is sometimes a bit fearful, but when apprehensive, he does not run away, he stays very still. It's not a tense stillness, but a relaxed stillness. He will need to be supervised with livestock and not put with ones that are too bossy or pushy to begin with. As he develops confidence, he will more consistently develop into the friendly, outgoing, and well adjusted boy that he usually shows that he is! Once he has passed the puppy fearful stages (normal), he will be good to go with all the livestock.
The darkest girl is 11 lbs 9 oz and sometimes shows how dominant she can be. She likes to stalk the girl below, attack, then stand with her paw on sister's back for awhile. When she decides to walk away, she does it pushing her backside across sister's face and struts away all puffed up and seemingly quite proud of herself. Sister below has now become very laid back and is usually the one the others will practice their mock kills on. Sister below takes it all in stride and seems to enjoy it. After all, she is the heaviest female and could easily put all the others down if she wanted to, which she doesn't.
In the preliminary temperament testing, the darkest girl (above) had a funny reaction to the opening of the umbrella (measuring startle response to strange object). She looked at it, went toward it, then crawled under it and laid down!
The largest female is now 13 lbs, 11 oz, a full 1 lb, 1 oz behind her brother now, but 6 oz ahead of her next heaviest sister. She still has a noticeably broader head than all her sisters. She was the most laid back in the restraint category (held on back for 30 sec.) and elevation dominance (held off the ground for 30 sec.). In both, she was completely relaxed with no struggle or stiffness noted. She was also the only puppy to whine when brought in the house for the temperament testing. However, she had been brought in the house earlier in the week by a visiting daughter, and had whined because she wanted to go back outside, which did earn her a return to the outdoors. So could have been just a learned response.
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