I adopted an Anatolian from a shelter who was approx. 2 years of age. He is now 5/6. He shows a somewhat independent loyalty to me. Not to compare with the kind that Shepherds or Collies would display. He is very protective of me and my property and takes time to warm up to strangers/neighbors/distant family menbers.
If you are looking for a dog that will follow you everywhere, will not leave your side, I would say this breed is not for you. We live on acreage bordering a forest and go on daily hikes, plus he has lifestock he looks out for. However, when I call him, it doesn't mean he'll come. He might be at the end of the driveway or across the pasture. Sometimes he listens, more often he doesn't. It took me quite awhile to get used to his stubborness and independence, since all my dogs are to the advanced level obidience trained. Nevertheless, I love this breed and its character. It all depends on what you are looking for.
Answered by Anonymous - 3/12/2011 10:21:18 AM