Shepherds Rest Farm

Breeding New Anatolian Shepherd Import Lines - Direct From Turkey

Name:  Shepherds Rest Farm

Location:  Newberg, Oregon, United States

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Anatolian Shepherd Puppies 5 Weeks Old

The Nazli x Capar litter of two is at a very fun age to watch for their animal interactions,
as they are mature enough to show keen interest in their environment now!

The brindle female above and the fawn male below are both very fond of the goats!

Male pup weighs 13 lbs 0 oz. Female pup weighs 12 lbs 3 oz. They are built differently, with the female having a thicker body. Notice that their heads are shaped a bit differently too. The female is built more like her father's side while the male is built more like his mother's side. Pictures were taken at dawn this morning.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

4 Week Old Anatolian Puppies

Brindle female above weighs 8 lbs 6 oz, while fawn male below weighs 8 lbs 15 oz at 4 weeks old. They are barking and growling now, and engaging in mock battles with each other. The intensity and length of their eye contact with each other, their mother, and people shows they are working on interpreting their environment and specifically reading animal and people facial expressions.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Anatolian Puppies 3 Weeks Old

The Nazli X Capar litter was 3 weeks old yesterday. Took these pics today. At 3 weeks old, both weighed 6 lbs 4 oz. If you weigh on an ounce only scale, the female was 100.5 oz and the male 100.8 oz. The brindle female is seen on the left above and on the right below. The male is standing now, but not sturdily yet. The female is still working on getting her hind end up. They are on solid food twice a day, in addition to continuing to nurse on mom. The male misses his mommy the most when she's out of the whelping box, and can really get a good howl going.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Puppy Antics

2 weeks & 2 days old
MY, what a big MOUTH you have!

Those eyes and body posturing say she's got something in mind!

Ahhhh, brother's head almost bits (I mean FITS) entirely INSIDE her mouth! ;->

Will brother take this lying down?!?
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Puppy Antics (continued)

Time for brother to have his turn at some get-the-best-of-sister stunts!

The morning puppy tussle was soon over and puppies were sleeping again!

BUT, the mother of the puppies, Nazli, was very playful and spry, . . . bouncy and seemed very happy. Puppies are fairly quiet so she spends a lot of time outside the whelping box and seems eager to get back out into the pasture. Puppies eat well and are contented, so mother is happy. This is different for her than her last litter of a dozen in Turkey, with 8 surviving (pics of that litter on Nazli's shepherds-rest webpage)!

I chose Nazli partly for her build. Not often you see a female built like a male. A nice thick bone structure is hard to find in the U.S.!
The father, Capar, also on the website, is busy keeping an eye on the nearby hills, where coyotes like to sit and look down on the farm to watch the activities! He will bark until the coyotes disappear into the brush.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Puppies 2 Weeks Old!

The Nazli X Capar litter is 2 weeks old as of yesterday. Above is fawn male on left, female brindle on right. The male weighed 66.4 oz at 2 weeks old, and the female is close behind at 65.0 oz.
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Saturday, August 06, 2011

Eyes Are Open!

Eyes opened day before yesterday, as seen in male pup above. Puppies are much more mobile and I even caught the female (below) rolling on her back today!

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Anatolian Shepherd Puppies 1 Week Old

The Nazli X Capar litter is one week old in these pictures. Male is shown on top above (facing camera), while below he is the solid fawn coat without the brindling seen in the female.

Female pup below. Notice that mother is shedding, so even though I clean up her fur constantly, it is still everywhere! Mother Nazli was also chewing on the inside of the whelping box, so I'm also cleaning up slivers of wood with the fur! See puppy weights below.

Male weights by day (from day 1 birth weight, to day 7's one week old weight):
24.6, 26.6, 30.3, 34.0, 36.8, 37.9, 39.5 oz (one week gain in weight was 14.9 oz)
Female weights by day:
27.1, 26.8, 30.5, 33.5, 35.2, 38.2, 40.3 (one week gain in weight was 13.2 oz)
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