Friday, March 24, 2017

What You Need To Know About Finding Anatolian Shepherd Puppies For Sale

By Richard Bailey

If you have always wanted to own a large, powerful dog there are many breeds to choose from and the Anatolian shepherd is one of them. If you are interested in learning more about these beautiful canines and think you might be interested in Anatolian shepherd puppies for sale here are a few things that you need to know about. That way you will be able to decide whether this breed is the right one for you.

Like many working breeds, the Anatolian shepherd is also large and powerful. It needs to be to herd animals and guard humans from wild animals and other threats. Male dogs can be over two feet high at the shoulder and may weigh as much as 143 pounds. Females are often slightly smaller but are still quite big. These dogs were first used in Turkey and were used to following humans who lived a nomadic lifestyle.

These dogs are not as well known as other working dog breeds so there are not as many breeders who have pups for sale. This is often the case with many dog breeds. As a dog breed becomes more popular it becomes easier to find puppies that you can choose from although if a breed becomes really popular it can be overbred and this can cause a whole new set of problems.

Every purebred dog has a chance of having health issues. Unlike some breeds, Anatolian Shepherds are fairly healthy although they do tend to have hip problems. Hip dysplasia can lead to pain, lameness and other problems so it is good to be prepared for the fact that your dog may end up developing it.

You should never be afraid to ask a breeder questions about the health and the background of their dogs. Are they careful not to breed animals that have proven health issues? Some problems can be passed down genetically so this is an important thing to inquire about.

You should also find out how old the pups will be when you pick them up. Although some breeders will allow pups to be sent to their new homes at six or eight weeks of age you may want to work with a breeder who will keep them until they are twelve weeks of age. This allows them to be properly socialized and can help them have a sound temperament when they are fully grown.

One fun activity that you may be allowed to do is meet the babies so that you can choose your preferred dog. Some pups will be more hesitant and submissive while others will be more outgoing and dominant. Choose the dog based on it's personality rather than the way it looks. You will likely be much happier in the long run if you choose that way.

Until you can get your dog, you may want to find out whether you can see photos or videos that will show your puppy as it grows. Some breeders will have cameras trained on a litter and allow buyers to log in and see what is happening on a daily basis. That way you can feel like you are getting to know the pup long before he joins your family.

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