Shepherds Rest Farm

Breeding New Anatolian Shepherd Import Lines - Direct From Turkey

Name:  Shepherds Rest Farm

Location:  Newberg, Oregon, United States

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ilik's Female Puppies 7 Weeks Old

Pinto Girl is 15 lbs, 6 oz today. During the temperament testing today, she was especially laid back. Although she does not like obnoxious sounds, she DOES watch and watch and watch whatever is making the sound. When held for 30 seconds off the ground, she was the only one that was totally relaxed in the body, and yet was actively looking to the left and right. It was like she was looking around doing problem solving on how to get out of her predicament, which she was not unduly alarmed by. This gal shows the keenest interest in the goats of all the puppies in the litter. She wants to be WITH them, not just watch them and guard them. Today she was trying to eat their alfalfa with them, and stayed with them during their meal time!
Ilik-Face is 18 lbs, 10 oz. Her responses to the temperament testing were all middle-ground. No interesting responses, no extreme responses, and she was basically laid back yet liked to avoid loud noises. During the photo shoot when being stacked (put in position) that you see above, she was the most intent on NOT holding her head where it was wanted. Hmmm. A pretty typical Anatolian trait of knowing what is wanted from her and then doing something else on purpose! ;->
White Nose Girl is 17 lbs, 7 oz. This gal was torn between wanting to be petted and wanting to explore, during the part of the temperament testing where she is stroked head to back. Her behavior pattern ended up being: hold still for petting, walk away, return for more petting when she realized the petting had stopped when she went away! She repeated this quite a few times! She also had a unique response in this litter, in her reaction to loud and new noises. She would first locate the sound, watch briefly (unstartled), then seek eye contact with the tester to seemingly determine the tester's reaction to the noise. Maybe it was a check, "Should I or shouldn't I be concerned with this sound?"
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