The breed's ancestors most likely migrated to the area now known as Turkey about 1000 AD with Turkic-speaking people, although it is probable that dogs similar to this existed at least 6,000 years ago in Mesopotamia. Over the centuries, slight regional variations began to develop, although the dogs were collectively known as coban kopegi. In the 1970s, breeders began focusing on specific regions and working on developing standard breeds for each of the regions; the Anatolian is one of those breeds, coming from central Turkey.
The Anatolian was developed to be independent and forceful, responsible on its own for guarding its master's sheep. These traits make it more challenging as a pet; owners of dogs of this breed must determinedly socialize the dogs to turn them into appropriate companions. They are intelligent and can learn quickly but might choose not to obey; this is not generally a dog for a beginning or shy owner.
The Plains Indians traded goods, ideas, people, and dogs for hundreds and even thousands of years. All the working dogs from all four directions were bred and used as the main working breed within the plains groups. These slightly different types were the common Indian dog, the southwestern (like the Tahltan), southeastern, village Indian dog, hare and of course, the plains type. Through our 40 years of research, this is what the old plains dog were. So our goal is to bring back the originals by selectively breeding all the descendants of these old types together, plus giving the American Indian Dog breed the variables necessary to actually save them into the future, and keep them as they were.
American Indian Dogs can be found in all the old colors from black and its dilute lead/blue to silver/grays to red and creams (all colors). They all have that ?primitive sable? effect with yellow, blue & gray eyes. ? Coat lengths can vary from a medium long to a short coat. People that are allergic to most canine breeds are not allergic to our Native American Indian Dogs.
Kim LaFlamme, Founder/trustee and Pres., of the A.I.Dog Registry & IIDOBA
Coat has an appearance of short sheep wool, but is really a mixture of hard and soft hairs standing well out from the body. This coat requires regular scissoring to keep it in form. Color can be blue, or sandy, or liver, and any of the previous colors, along with tan.
This dog has a double coat. The topcoat is strong, coarse, long and shaggy in appearance, though free of any wooliness. The undercoat is soft, downy and close. Bearded Collies require many hours of weekly brushing to keep their coats mat free and clean. Their base color can be any shade of black or grey, as well as blue, or brown, or fawn. White markings are acceptable on the fore-face, legs, chest and the tip of their tail.
Its hair is short and feels moderately coarse to the touch, and should be of sufficient strength to endure rough hunting and stormy weather conditions. The skin is loose and elastic and has lots of folds. Basset Hounds have long bell shaped ears. Minimal grooming is needed, however attention should be paid to its long pendulous ears, as they are prone to infection. All colors are acceptable, but most are white and tan.
The coat is short with moderately coarse hair. Any color is acceptable, however dogs with black blankets are most common.
Its coat is short and feels silky to the touch. Basenjis are chestnut red or black, or black and tan, and all have white feet, chest and tail tip markings. The skin is very pliant, with wrinkling in the face that furrows when alert. Its tail is upright and tightly curled. Minimal grooming is required.