Shepherds Rest Farm

Breeding New Anatolian Shepherd Import Lines - Direct From Turkey

Name:  Shepherds Rest Farm

Location:  Newberg, Oregon, United States

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Anatolian Puppies Raised With Goats

What a crew! If you're not sure what they're looking at in the top photo, just take a look at the photo below!
These puppies are wondering WHAT the goat is doing in THEIR pasture! The goats have previously been on the other side of the fence, familiar, but not part of the pack. All the sudden the goats are in shared territory!
Now this shot (above) is great because you can number the puppies as to who is most eager to meet and greet the goat kids brought into the puppy pasture that morning! Darkest girl is WAYYYYYY out front, with two sisters second and third. Fawn boy is fourth with the all-white-body-pinto boy in close fifth. The tail-spot pinto boy and white toes lighter female are not yet leaving home position.
Perfect age for goats and dogs together - 7 week old Oberhasli kids with 5 week old puppies. Puppies are old enough to get away quickly out from under foot of the goats, yet not fast enough to chase or big enough to try to play successfully with the goats. If the puppies get a little forward, the goat kids will rear up and that's enough for the puppies to tumble over themselves backwards in retreat.
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Sirin X Duman FEMALE PUPPIES 5 Weeks Old!

The light pup with the white foot weighs 8 lbs 15 oz, almost 9 pounds at only 5 weeks old! Usually Anatolian puppies weigh an average of 8 lbs at 8 weeks old when they go to new homes! This girl gained 2 lbs 1 oz this week. She often likes to hang back and watch the goings on, unlike the rest of the litter. But if she chooses, she's not afraid to join either!
The light pup with white front toes weighs 8 lbs 5 oz, gaining 1 lb 14 oz this week. She likes to start the play and is often found on top of the sibling-play-partner for most of the action.
The dark pup with a double-dew claw is not so dark this week on the body. She is 8 lbs 7 oz and gained 1 lb 12 oz in the last 7 days. She is brave and confident and often found returning again and again to the food bowl until all is gone.
The darkest pup is only the darkest pup in the face now. The body is lightening up a lot. This girl weighs 8 lbs 7 oz and gained 1 lb 13 oz this last week. She likes to get attention from people and seems to know when people are looking at her!
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Sirin X Duman MALE PUPPIES 5 Weeks Old!

This fawn boy weighs in at 8 lbs 0 oz, a gain of 2 lbs 7 oz in the last week. He is super sweet and still likes to cuddle more than the other puppies. Today he was hiding safe in a hole watching the 2 goats in his little pasture.
Pinto boy with the all white body is 8 lbs 11 oz. He gained 2 lbs 1 oz this week. He loves to follow feet and is very quick. Feet mean hands that reach down and pet and he adores that!
Big pinto boy with the dark mark about his tail now weighs 9 lbs 6 oz. He gained 2 lbs 0 oz this week. He loves to pounce on feet and nibble on toes. He is always in the middle of whatever is going on.
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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Ilik X Capar puppies TWO WEEKS OLD!

The puppies all began to open their eyes a few days ago. They are hefty pups so are still having trouble getting upright, especially in the back end! Still wondering if all are brindle with perhaps fainter and wider markings.
The female weighs 5 lbs now. She gained 1 lb 12 oz this week, an average of almost 4 oz a day (3.93 oz to be exact)! This girl is the sleepiest.
The firstborn male weighs 4 lbs 11 oz at 2 weeks old. He gained the same as the female above this week, 1 lb 12 oz, with the same daily average as the female. This guy is the best getting up on his feet and the most agile so far.
Capar Jr. weighs 5 lbs 6 oz. His gain this week was 1 lb 14 oz. Daily average gained this week was 4.26 oz. This guy is the noisiest. ;->
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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Anatolian Shepherd Puppies 4 Weeks Old

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Sirin X Duman FEMALES 4 weeks old!!

6 lbs 14 oz

6 lbs 7 oz
6 lbs 11 oz

6 lbs 10 oz
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Sirin X Duman MALES four weeks old!

5 lbs 9 oz
6 lbs 10 oz

7 lbs 6 oz
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ilik X Capar Puppies ONE WEEK OLD!

These puppies will likely be short coats, like the import sire's, Capar of Cardak's coat. The mother is a rough-coat fawn. Father is a dark brindle. Anyone care to venture 8 week old coat color predictions?!
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The Anatolian puppy threesome will open their eyes this next week! Already they are crawling all over the whelping box. Their mother, Ilik, is still staying close and rarely leaving the whelping box.
The only fawn/black mask female, above, weighed 52.5 oz yesterday at one week old. That is a gain of 28.7 oz from the birthweight of 23.8 oz.
The only fawn/black mask male weighed 46.5 oz at a week old, gaining 24.0 oz from a birthweight of 22.5 oz.
The only brindle male weighed 56.2 oz at a week old. This hefty guy put on 27.4 oz from birth, when he weighed in at a whopping 28.8 oz.
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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Ilik X Capar Puppies 4 DAYS OLD

Dark males are on either side of middle female. Pup on right is a little (big?!) Capar Junior. His brindle markings are able to be seen easier now than at birth. At this age he looks like a little clone of his sire!
The female pup is quite a big girl. She weighed 31.2 oz at 3 days old, while the firstborn son (left) weighed 27.5, and the brindle son weighed 33.8. But with no competition for the milk, each pup can easily get their fill. The firstborn son is still very large compared to the other Sirin X Duman litter at that age (now 3 weeks old).
Ilik is being a good mother. She rarely leaves the whelping box at this stage. Her job right now is cleaning the puppies up, which is no easy task since they are eating all the time! Ilik allows the puppies to be handled and weighed every day, but she gets uneasy if a puppy is away from her for too long, and she watches what is happening with each puppy with eagle eyes! If she didn't like what was happening, I've no doubt that she would come pick up the puppy and take it back with her into the whelping box!
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