First Entering the United States in the 1950’s, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a livestock guardian dog with its origin in Turkey and Asia Minor. Quite probably over 6,000 years old, the breed is impressive in size, serving Turkish shepherds as their front-line defense from predators. Large, rugged, powerful and impressive, Anatolians possess great endurance and agility. Developed through a set of very demanding circumstances for a purely utilitarian purpose, he is a working livestock guardian without equal, with a unique ability to protect livestock. General impression is that he appears bold, but calm, unless challenged. Loyalty, independence, intelligence and hardiness are just some of the factors appreciated by fanciers of the breed.
Here at Island Farm Anatolians, I am committed to maintaining the integrity of the breed. Anatolians of my breeding have gone on to be excellent working dogs, therapy dogs, home companions and show champions. The dogs I own and breed are not only top show dogs, but full time livestock guardians. My dogs watch over my hunter/jumper breeding farm 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Island Farm is home to CH Kandira’s Encore (“Ernie”), a 6 time Stud Dog winner, AKC Sire of Merit, and Best of Breed winner at Eukanuba in 2006. We are also home to CH Horizon’s Zafer (“Rocky”) who was AKC’s #1 All Breed Anatolian in 2005, AKC’s #1 Anatolian in 2004, Best of Breed winner at Eukanuba in 2005, and Best of Breed winner at the ASDCA National Specialty in 2004. Rocky is also a Certified Service Dog. Both of these special boys have sired wonderful litters that exemplify the breed and represent all aspects of what Anatolians can accomplish. Please click on the links below and visit my site to learn more about these wonderful dogs.