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Should You Breed the Anatolian Shepherd

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Tags: Anatolian Shepherd, Breeding, Socialization

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Before you even consider breeding the Anatolian Shepherd, you should consider if you can find enough homes for the puppies. This is not a popular house breed and some people will find that the training and care that is needed is too much for a dog. This is a common mistake with beginning breeders. Learning the facts about the breed and if there are enough homes for them is important.

People Feel Intimidated by the Breed

Many people are interested in the breed until they find out they have tendencies to dig and do need to be on a strong leash when in public. They also shy away from the breed upon learning that they are protective of their family and will not be as welcoming to guests who come to visit. They are also turned away because the Anatolian Shepherd needs to have some type of yard preferably fenced in to prevent the dog from having contact with strangers and other animals. They also do not have the time needed for training and proper socialization.

Can You Keep The Puppies

If you intend to breed you need to consider what will happen if you cannot sell all the puppies. Will you have enough room for the puppies and enough pens if you cannot sell them? You could end up with two or three untrained puppies with controlling instincts that will not permit you to have them around each other. They are going to require separate living quarters and enough food to feed all of them. If you can leave them together as they grow older, they may become a pack and you will have even more problems finding them a home.

Talk to Other Breeders

If you are still unsure whether to breed your Anatolian Shepherd, you can talk to other breeders and see if they have experienced problems selling the puppies as well as how they go about finding homes. What you do not want are more unwanted puppies in rescue groups that are overpopulated already. You may even talk with members of the Anatolian Shepherd Club to find out if they know of any potential buyers as well as what they require from a breeding stock.

Getting Ready to Breed

If you have decided to breed your Anatolian Shepherd, you now need to have them checked by the vet to ensure the health of their eyes and hips. This must be done to ensure the puppies will be free from any potential health problems. You want the puppies to have a guaranteed health certificate for potential buyers.

Once you breed the female and the puppies are born, you need to keep the male away from the puppies and the mother. This is important if the male lives on-site. You will also have to help the mother with feedings and have the puppies checked by the vet. Before they leave you, they should have their first shots and any other health care that they may require before selling them to a new owner.

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