We have a new member of the homestead. As most of you know, we lost our German Shepherd mutt a few months back. And as more of you know we have lost a lot of our chickens to a local pack of coyotes. We also live near a pack of the land sharks people call wolves. Thus we wanted to “upgrade” our dogs on our next purchase.
Well, let me introduce you to Candida. Candida means “bright” and named in honor of Saint Cándida María de Jesús founder of the Daughters of Jesus. She is an Anatolian Shepherd also called a Turkish Mastiff. Some people believe they are separate breeds, but the AKC classifies them as the same breed. We expressed our interest in Anatolian Shepherds back in 2015 with the post Four large dog breeds to consider for the homestead. Her parents come from deep in wolf country in the Redoubt. The family that own them breed one litter and then said “no thanks.” It is a lot of work to breed responsibility. A 100 pound bitch has periods as heavy as a 100 pound woman. A 100 pound male will jump a 6 foot fence to get to a female in heat.
This is a picture of her mother and her father. She should do well in the Northern Redoubt hot summers and cold, snowy winters. She should get to be about 100 pounds and is pretty good at running. She also should compete very well with coyotes, and if I get another one perhaps even wolves, depends upon how many. The main point is that I feel better with the kids tooling around on the property with Candida with them.
Our first issue is that she loves to roam, and 5 acres may be about the smallest plot of land she should move around. Next up is better fencing. Our neighbors are “dog people” and are shocked that we have her living outside most of the time. Anatolian Shepherds are working dog. She is a livestock protection animal, and I have to explain to them, that our dog are not our children. She is designed, and we added her to the homestead specifically to be outside as much as possible.
We may breed her, not sure. She is AKC registered, which doesn’t mean as much I thought. It does provide some data that she is not inbreed because the AKC tracks that. The veterinary we use says she “conforms” to what she is supposed to be as well as there does not appear to be any issues with her. She has a lot of growing to do, but she seems to be doing ok. Well other than her wanting to roam all over the neighborhood. Right now, until I get a better fence built we leave her tied to the chicken tractor, or in the stables when we are not home.