One of the largest breeds in the world, the Anatolian Shepherd is a guard dog with a laid-back personality. Calm, alert and intelligent, this breed’s origins are unknown, but it has been used to guard flocks of animals in recent history. The Anatolian’s long, slender legs give it speed and endurance along with its strength and immense size. This dog is loyal, aloof and independent, and would make an excellent family dog in a large environment.
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From its origination, the German Shepherd has been widely considered to be one of the most intelligent and versatile breeds. One of the more popular breeds in the United States today, German Shepherds are clever, hard-working dogs, and are the breed most often used by the police and military because of their ability to learn quickly and their incredible bravery. These good-natured, devoted dogs make excellent pets for individuals and families, and tend to be protective of their family. German Shepherds do best with plenty of exercise and stimulation, and are happiest when given a job to do. Full grown, German Shepherds are fairly large. They have a dense coat and come in both long hair and short hair varieties.
Elegant and eye catching, these majestic dogs were named for the mountainous region in southwestern France, where they spent their days historically as sheep guarding dogs. Weighing in at over 100 pounds in adulthood, Great Pyrenees have beautiful, weather resistant coats, V-shaped ears and are consistently pure white in color. These regal companions have calm, sweet dispositions, are loyal and protective by nature, and make great family dogs.