ERICK CONARD OF LUCKY HIT ANATOLIANS IS AN AKC BREEDER OF MERIT.
My first priority in breeding Anatolians is to breed for pups with Superior
Working Ability with True Flock Guardian Temperament, Character, and
Demeanor. Because I place WORKING ABILITY as my FIRST PRIORITY, my
pups are best suited for individuals seeking an Anatolian who want
their dog's primary duty to be a flock guardian. As a bonus (and because
I also select for superior conformation) I expect my pups to have
excellent conformation in addition to superior working ability! I have
found that CORRECT WORKING TEMPERMENT can result in Anatolians who also do well
as EXCELLENT SHOW DOGS and/or OUTSTANDING COMPANION GUARDIANS!
LUCKY HIT RANCH WORKING ANATOLIANS
The male pictured here by the hay is CHAMPION LUCKY HIT Shadow ZIRVA.
ZIRVA was ranked #3 two years in a row, was the #1 AKC ALL BREED ANATOLIAN after taking a GROUP II on
February 17, 2008, and is a multiple Group Placing Anatolian!
The female Anatolian pictured here on the rock wall is LUCKY HIT Shadow BENEK, a truly tuff and protective Anatolian who only loves me and her charges!
Working Anatolians live 24/7 with flock animals. It takes YEARS of evaluation to fully understand an Anatolian's true working ability.
All Responsible Anatolian Breeders fully evaluate all their breeding prospects for superior working ability.
If an Anatolian's working ability has not been properly evaluated but the "breeder" intends to breed it anyway,
the unproven Anatolian should be bred ONLY to a FULLY EVALUATED AND SUPERIOR WORKING ANATOLIAN!
If working ability is not a breeder's primary selection criteria,
over time the superior working ability derived from the Turkish
genetics will be lost in that breeder's lines!
Anatolian Shepherd Guardian Dogs are unlike any other breed of dog I've
known. Anatolians are an unusual and wonderful breed with over 2,000 years of
selective breeding behind their unique genetic makeup. This page provides links
to and overviews of articles (SEE ARTICLES FURTHER BELOW) I've written about Working Anatolian Shepherd
Guardian Dogs. In addition, this page provides links to specific information
about the Anatolian Shepherds protecting my animals and property, both past and
LUCKY HIT FOUNDATION ANATOLIANS
Two Superior LUCKY HIT Working Females
LUCKY HIT WORKING MALE
ASDCA'S 2009 AKC TOP PRODUCING SIRE
ASDCA'S 2011 AKC TOP PRODUCING SIRE
SIRE OF ASDCA'S 2012 AKC TOP PRODUCING SIRE
Conard's TAWNY Kat in 1995 warning the intruder
(a photographer using a telephoto lens),
to stop approaching the goats.
How I Raise Strictly Working Anatolian Pups
(I no longer raise my pups as Strictly Working pups. Now I heavily
socialize them and find that while they are not as tightly bonded to the
flock, correctly bred Anatolians still maintain full guardian abilities
An article discussing some of the physical characteristics I believe are
necessary in working Anatolians!
This article is quoted
extensively in Judge Beauchamp's article (published in Dogs in Review
in 2005), "CAN JUDGING FOR TYPE SERVE PERFORMANCE?"