rose navarro

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Working in the veterinary field for many years, I have had experiences with Anatolians that can be agressive. Three years ago we were searching for a livestock dog and fell in love with Lilly. There was an ad in the paper for Anatolian Pyrenees mix puppies so I went to see them. I knew how Anatolians could be so I checked out all the pups. Lilly was the largest female. She immediately ran past her littermates to greet me and looked into my eyes. Her littermates stayed back and did not greet me. I thought about this. She was the most brave and the most social. She had to pass one more test. I wanted to see if she would submit to me, so I tried to turn her upside down. Nope, didn't work. She did not growl or bite, but managed to get out of any manuever I tried. Hmmm. So she did not submit. This might be a good thing. The lady that I was buying her from laughed and said her brothers try to get her to submit and she just won't. They try and they cannot get her to. Still she was so social and beautiful. So she went home with me. I decided to call her Lilith, (remember, Lilith would not submit to Adam). And so she became Lilly for short. Over the next year, I thought I would strangle her! She would not listen and managed to dig holes, tear out irrigation hoses and dig up entire trees. Ugh. I worked with her to make her understand that I was in charge. This was difficult. However, at 2 years old, a miracle happened. She started listening. And not only that, she did things that are truly amazing, often making me wonder if she was actually reading my mind. We just love her. She watches our goats, she loves our cat and is great with visitors most of the time. She is wary of certain people but never agressive. She has turned out to be the most wonderful dog. We may have been lucky, but I feel the mix of these two breeds is a good choice. Just make sure this breed is social and friendly as a pup. Work with them as much as you can, they are wonderful dogs. I probably would not have a pure Anatolian, but this mix is great. Lilly is a huggy, lovey, awesome dog.
3 years ago