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Hi.

I stopped breeding border collies about 2 years ago, after my bitch and stud retired to my mothers property. anyway, lately I have been getting the itch again...I own 35 acres and have 6 acres dedicated to dog runs and another 6 well fenced to allow for training and free runs...etc.

anyway I've always been very interested in this breed, but here in Australia they aren't owned by a lot of people, so it's hard to get a general opinion on the breed. of course my collies were fully registered and proper vet checks, feeding etc... so whatever breed i choose next will be as well.

I just wanted a sort of owner consensus on Anatolians. Thanks

I trained the border collies in obedience and agility, and sold many pups to people that have them as therapy dogs. Would Anatolians be good for this. I am used to powerful breeds as I currently own and have previously owned, Mastiffs, GSD's, Akitas and Rotties.
 

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from my experiance Anatolians are not people dogs, they are aloof, and they choose one person to bond with. They are an independent breed with an "I'll do what I want when I want" atitude. They are a challenge in training because if their independent nature they typicaly are not eger to please. They would not be my first choice for a therapy dog, or agility, obedience dog. I think they may excell in areas such as Carting, and Tending.
I have heard that the males tend to be male dog aggressive, but of course that is easier to control if you take care in researching what bloodlines the dog has.
 
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