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Apex Anatolians is a family of dogs over a decade in the making located in Western Montana working to protect a mixed herd of livestock and a small family from large apex predators daily. The dogs here function in pack sets to live and work together with Katahdin sheep, Kunekune pigs, a free ranging chicken flock, multiple barn cats, a couple cows, and farm kids. Predators in our immediate (1 mile radius) area include: Grizzly/brown bear, black bear, mountain lion/cougar, gray wolf, bald eagle, raven, coyote, fox, raccoon, mink, and more. Since 2010, livestock guardian dogs have worked this property to keep both livestock and humans secure by deterring predators from seeing opportunity here, and addressing any intruders appropriately. Mission The mission at Apex Anatolians is to preserve the purpose-driven temperament and health of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog to support families and herds alike. Our puppies/dogs are evaluated on multiple criteria prior to going home with their families or being considered for breeding here. We view each dog’s evaluation from a holistic perspective, because owning a beautiful dog won’t make up for a poor temperament or failed health over their lifetime! Pups Temperament: evaluate both fixed and fluid characteristics in scale ratings. Work Aptitude: evaluate proximity and attitude towards stock, drive with threatening stimuli, temperament transfer to work, and multiple species preference. Conformation: pups are evaluated for their overall conformation to the AKC Anatolian Shepherd Dog breed standard. Breeding Prospects All of the above, in addition to official hip and elbow evaluation by OFA and/or PennHIP per the CHIC requirements for the Anatolian Shepherd breed. Family Family drives us here at Apex. We raise animals to feed our family, friends and clients. When our animals are stressed by predator pressure, they do not produce the same quantity or quality of offspring, milk, eggs, etc. Losing a lamb or piglet to a predator would be a great loss to our program and our family. This is why we raise Anatolian Shepherds to prevent these stresses and losses to our herd. Children By raising our dogs alongside our children, the boys and dogs share a great bond! We know that our kids are safe when they are outside, even with our predator load. That feeling of security on our property is priceless. Running livestock guardian dogs since before our kids came to our family, we have come to realize the often overlooked value the Anatolian Shepherd has to offer rural families. These dogs require a purpose, and even without livestock, a family on some land in a predator-rich environment can provide a life-long purpose for an Anatolian to watch over and protect the property and children. The dogs can see, hear, and smell so much more than we can, after all. What sets the Anatolian apart from another dog watching over a home with children is the temperament to address threats when necessary in a measured and appropriate way. Our dogs have positioned themselves between our family members and both animal and human threats, willing to risk their lives for us. Home Being raised by our human family, our pups are comfortable with men, women and children before they go to their new homes. If you are interested in an Apex puppy, please visit our Puppies Page:

Email: Natalie Thurman
Montana  59834




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