Shepherds Rest Farm

Breeding New Anatolian Shepherd Import Lines - Direct From Turkey

Name:  Shepherds Rest Farm

Location:  Newberg, Oregon, United States

Friday, December 30, 2011

Shepherds Rest Happy New Year Announcement

Happy New Year from Shepherds Rest!  We are anticipating a unique new litter with great eagerness!  The two sire breeding of female import Nazli with male import Capar and male import Duman has been a success!!!  Whelping will be late February or early March.  Puppies will be ready for new homes in early May.  All puppies will be DNA tested to determine sire of each.

Monday, December 26, 2011

TURKISH SHEPHERD DOGS: Stories from Turkey #1

Part 1 of 2

This two-part story features dogs owned by one family in the Sivas region in eastern Turkey. The name of their town is Kargakalesi, meaning crow castle.

The dog shown in the first 4 pictures and the dog in the 5th picture are being treated for food poisoning.

The source of the poisoning is unknown. The family treated one dog in the house and the other outside the home.

The little girl helping her uncle care for his dogs is 6 years old. Although her uncle is not a vet, he has learned well how to care for his dogs.

Here is a video showing what the terrain is like in the Sivas region: This video was taken a year or two ago and shows some other Turkish Shepherd Dogs unrelated to the ones in the blog photos.
Special thanks to the owner in Turkey for permission to use his photos and story on my blog.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Vasi's First Kill

Keeping cats away from goats! 

(Photo courtesy of the Hoff and Sing family. Title and caption given by the family also.)
This is the light brindle male that now lives and works in Oregon on a goat farm.

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Anatolian Shepherd Puppies 8 Weeks Old - THE MALES

Dark brindle high socks male (above and below) weighed 19 lbs 10 oz at exactly 8 weeks old. He now works on a goat farm in Washington State.


Dark brindle low socks male weighed 20 lbs 8 oz at 8 weeks. He joins a number of other Anatolians in Pennsylvania as a companion and goat guardian.


Light brindle male (spot on shoulder disappeared) weighed 22 lbs 11 oz. He is working on a goat farm in Oregon.


Fawn male (right foot white) weighed 24 lbs 4 oz. He now lives in Arizona as a companion and guardian of chickens and goats.


Fawn male (right high sock & left knee sock) weighed 22 lbs 14 oz. He lives with a Turkish man and his family as a companion in Oregon.


Dark fawn male (left toes barely white) weighed 24 lbs 10 oz. He lives in Washington as a companion and guardian of chickens, ducks, and a turkey, with future plans to guard pigs and sheep.

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Anatolian Shepherd Puppies 8 Weeks Old - THE FEMALES

Light fawn female (above and below) weighed 23 lbs 1 oz at exactly 8 weeks old. She now lives in Washington state as a companion dog.


Dark fawn female weighed 21 lbs 1 oz. She is now working on a large sheep farm in Oregon with 4 other Shepherds Rest dogs.


Dark brindle female weighed 22 lbs 4 oz. She lives in New Mexico with a massage therapist and another Anatolian and will be a companion, chicken, and property guardian.


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Monday, December 12, 2011

The Male Pups 7 Weeks Old

Brindle male with high front socks (above and below) likes to spend time with other dogs besides his littermates and mother, and likes being able to approach the goats in person instead of through the fence. He navigates himself well through the maze of goat legs without bothering them or making them want to move away.  Tonight his official 7 week old weight is 17 lbs 9 oz.


Brindle male with short socks is seen above and below enjoying a romp in the crispy frozen grass and the warm goat noses. The goats don't see him as a threat, and enjoy saying hello up close and personal. Since the goats and pups all know each other from their visits through the fence, 7 weeks old is a great time to allow "real" time together.  His weight is 16 lbs 1 oz.  Now that the puppies are so mobile, their fluctuating weights reflect the fact that they are easily distracted from eating by any sight, sound, or touch.  A distant dog barks and they forget to eat.  Another pup bumps them and they end up wrestling and the meal is no longer important.


Light brindle male was difficult to capture in decent photos, as he was always on the move. When it was time for him to go back in the puppy pen, he tried to hide among the goats under the alfalfa feeder!  He weighs 17 lbs 10 oz.


Dark fawn male with right white foot was very much at ease being free to move about with the other dogs and goats outside the puppy pen. His demeanor today was laid back yet willing to interact and say hi to the goats, including this one that was shaking her head at him. He weighed in at 19 lbs 0 oz, the second heaviest of the puppies.


Fawn male with high right sock and left knee sock was interested in chewing on branches and licking the ice off them. He knows the goats and was more interested in exploring and trying out anything new in the bigger pasture that wasn't available in his smaller puppy pen.  He weighs 18 lbs 14 oz.


Fawn male with left toes barely white was having fun first with Gunner (half brother who has same sire), and later had to mingle with the goats, overseen by Gunner's mother in the background, who lets these pups try to nurse on her, even though she's dry. This pup had to have a taste, just like all his other siblings!  He is the heaviest of the pups at 19 lbs 3 oz.

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The Female Pups 7 Weeks Old

Dark fawn female is seen above and below. Very interested in the goats. Very independent. Great posture in approaching other animals. Confident in approaching the other animals also, with no hesitation.  Seven week old weight is 16 lbs 15 oz.


Light fawn female pup (above and below) has an "I'm something else" attitude! Social with the goats and dogs; loves to hang with the goats; coy with the older male pup seen in the pics with her.  She weighs 18 lbs 12 oz.

Brindle female likes the goats but prefers other dogs and especially Gunner (the huge male pup that was loving her and teasing her). He misses his brindle sister who is now in TX. The brindle female was more than happy to be a stand-in for his sister! You can't tell above but her paw is up on his face!  Her weight is 17 lbs 13 oz.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Anatolian Shepherd Puppies 6 Weeks Old

Photos were taken near dusk, so terrible lighting, but better than no pictures at all! Dark brindle male (above) with high front socks weighed 12 lbs 13 oz at exactly 6 weeks old (Monday). All puppies were dewormed with liquid Strongid also on Monday, and will get a second deworming prior to going to new homes, as a matter of routine with puppies.

Dark brindle male with short socks weighed 13 lbs 9 oz.

Light brindle male (spot no longer shows) weighed 13 lbs 5 oz.

The dark fawn male that is now fawn (right foot white) weighed 15 lbs 1 oz.

The fawn male with right high sock and left knee sock weighed 14 lbs 13 oz.

Fawn male with left toes barely white weighed 14 lbs 7 oz.

Dark fawn female weighed 13 lbs 3 oz.

Fawn female weighed 13 lbs 7 oz.

Brindle female weighed 13 lbs 4 oz. She has gained enough to pass another puppy in weight this week!
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