Over the past 15 years we have had Livestock Guardian Dogs (LDGs) on our farm to help protect us, our property, cattle, chickens, llamas and most recently the Kiko Goats we've added to the farm. From 1999 up until early 2013 we had full blooded Great Pyrenees working on our farm. When our last one died we began exploring the options for replacing her and decided to look at some of the other LDG breeds choosing to go with Anatolian Shepherds instead of Great Pyrenees for several reasons.
- Anatolian Shepherds have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years vs 10 to 12 years for Great Pyrenees (All of ours died around age 10)
- Anatolian Shepherd's fur is easy to maintain with little to no problems with matting vs Great Pyrenees fur which would often develops mats that would lead to sores when combined with burrs.
- The Great Pyrenees were difficult to keep on our property deciding that every thing they could see was their territory to protect. The Anatolian Shepherds have the attitude that whatever they bond with is theirs and they will stay in the location of those animals / or people. Even with places in my fences that they could get out, they have never tried.
- Aggression in the Anatolian Shepherd is generally limited to the lowest level that provides the desired response from the rival.* Our Pyrenees never just tried to run perceived predators off, they always went for the kill. This was problematic when our neighbors black lab followed him on to our property. They almost killed it before we could drag them off.