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Hi. We just got a great puppy from a pet store adoption event a week ago. He is very relaxed, seems to respond well to people and other animals, and be open to training. Other than "puppy play", I haven't seen him do anything aggressive in the week we've had him.

However, we just found out he is probably all or part Anatolian Shepherd. The write ups on that breed say they are very territorial and aggressive with strangers, and can be dangerous. This dog, who is about 10 weeks old and neutered, doesn't seem that way at all. Would the experts here expect that to develop over time, or does the fact that he's not that way now mean he probably won't develop those traits.

We think he's a great dog, but I've had at least a couple of people advise me to give him back before we get too attached to him.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Richard

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I've known at least four adult Anatolians and they were friendly to both me and my dog.

In fact, the biggest problem I had was their greetings were pretty rambunctious. I had to brace myself to avoid getting bowled over, and I am not a small guy.

I would be surprised to see an Anatolian in a shelter. It is not a common breed, at least where I live.
 

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As they are no doubt guessing at his breed and is not a purebred, he will not necessarily have the temperament of a purebred. A lot depends on what else he has in him. Do you have any pictures and perhaps someone can give you a better idea of what he is as they are not a usual breed cross and more likely has German Shepherd instead depending on what dogs are common in your area.
 

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I personally don't see Anatolian based on the pictures, but I have not seen very many at all in person. Honestly, based on the pictures, your dog looks like mine did as a puppy. She is a boxer/American Staffordshire Terrier mix with a bit of lab and 1/4 herding breeds. I could believe yours has some shepherd too. It is hard to tell breeds until they're a bit older, though. If you are very concerned, you might do a dog DNA test? The accuracy of some is debatable, but it may give you a rough idea.
 
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