Anatolian Shepherd & SamOyed



Pronunciation, an·noy, Key (a-noi) v. an·noyed, an·noy·ing, an·noys ...

To cause slight irritation (to another) by troublesome, often repeated acts....

To harass or disturb by repeated attacks....troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances. v. - To be annoying Annoy refers to mild disturbance caused by an act that tries one's patience.

The Anatolian Shepherd might be thinking "This long white fur coat AnOyes me".... while the Samoyed might feel "AnOyed" by the large droopy jowls hanging from the head that appears on my shoulders". (That's understandable).

The Anatolian Shepherd can trace it's lineage to the Anatolian Plateau in Turkey. Also known as a Goban Kopegi or Karabash. This is an ancient working dog breed, and served to protect livestock and shepherds from predators.

Socialization is an on going necessity with this breed. They are fiercely loyal and very possessive with family, property and livestock. They are not easily intimidated and the simplest rule of thumb is, "don't mess with them".... period. Living and working outdoors in harsh climates contribute to the hardiness of this sturdy breed. (This might explain why they are a bit like a bull in a china shop when kept in an apartment or similar confined area; things can, and do, get broken and bent).

The Samoyed is also a working dog with an impressive record of working in Arctic conditions while performing the most demanding of tasks. In many ways, their temperament is the opposite of the Anatolian's, in that they are known as gentle, friendly, and trusting, thus unlikely to make a good guard dog.

It's not a good idea to keep them inside, though, as they are known to eat entire homes if left alone to long. (Even an hour can be surprisingly costly). Their tendency to bark will drive neighbors to insanity too. What's really interesting is when these two breeds breed.

From the Anatolian's point of view, having to wear a long coat of fine silky white fur is akin to a longshoreman being forced to wear a dress to a union meeting.

The Samoyed is annoyed to pass a window or a mirror and come face to face with that face facing them. Then, blend the basic temperaments, and the AnOyed must feel like being trapped in a never ending "change of life" cycle. Bipolar doesn't mean they've worked in more than one polar region.

As a final note, I will try to explain, in understandable terms, the how and why, the pro and con, yes and no and even the yea and nay of the concept of this particular segment of the "Rare Breeds" addition to the worlds canine gene pool. The Anatolian Shepherd & Samoyed phenomenon, although a difficult concept to understand, (especially to cat lovers), can be explained and much better understood, in simpler terms.

Natures natural neutering need not be necessary, or even needed, by this AnOyed network of breeders. Necessity never negates the newfangled novel approaches to "one upping" the normally numerous numbers of breeders meeting neurotic new demands for noteworthy newborn canines necessary to negate the overwhelming demand and neutralize the never ending numerous numbers of naysayers.

I wouldn't want you to become AnOyed, so that is the last word on the subject.

- Joe Satterwhite -