Anatolian shepherds are native to the country of Turkey and are used to guard flocks from predation by bears , wolves, etc. They are still being used in this capacity in Turkey and our country also. i think it is that the number 1 show ASD in this country 1 or 2 years ago just recently saved his owner from being attacked by two coyotes/coydogs, because it shows that at least in my chosen breed there are breeders that put the true temperament of the breed into much consideration when breeding and they are not just breeding pretty show dogs.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Bullmastiffs were bred (60% English mastiff/40% bulldog) as guardian dogs. Known as the Gamekeepers Night/Watch Dog, their purpose was to guard large English estates against poachers. They were not intended to kill or maim the poachers, only detain them until their caregivers got to them. The original color was dark brindle, so that they were not as noticeable, however over the years and judging, red, fawn and red fawn have become the preferred color of these dogs. They are also known as Gentle Giants because of their great love for children and family. Today they are still used to protect homes, however usually not in the same way as their original purpose (not many large English estates these days).
Shiba-Inu, were originally used as small game hunters in their native Japan. The name means different things depending on the dialect, some places Shiba means little, other places Shiba means Brushwood, Inu means dog, so they are most often referred to as Little Brushwood Dogs. They originated in the prefectures of Nagano, Toyama and Gifu in centeral Japan. Today they are mostly kept as companions, but many lines retain great hunting skills that they are more than willing to share.
After WW2 the breed was almost lost and breeders chose to rebuild from remaining stock rather than crossing in related dogs such as the Mikawa. As a result Shibas were heavily inbred causing missing teeth and patellar luxation, most believe can be traced to the popular studs form the 40's and 50's. I can find these names if I looked, but I doubt anyone cares really.
I can trace my 2 back to some of the first dogs imported into North America within 3 generations, thankfully bypassing most of the poor breeding shibas are getting now, there is no way I would buy one now without health tests up the wazoo.
Yep those are my two shibas, Ruffian and Tonka. Ruffian is 12 and is a black and tan, this is the least prefered of the 3 accepted colors, Tonka is 10 and he is a red sesame, the second color choice, and the most prefered is a Red. Here you often see white, but anyone breeding them is not breeding to the standards, they are a serious fault, occationally pintos are seen as well. Another variation seen here is a red-headed black and tan, the body is black and the head is red, it is horrible looking and should be QD'ed.
Irish, Again, you top everything with those pictures. Looks like they were posed.. Aptly captioned as well. Hope that picture is of you with the dogs, that is how I would picture you, one of the pack, lol