Erick Conard's Lucky Hit Ranch
Anatolian Shepherd Guardian Dogs


A Brief Overview of our Dogs Both Past and Present

[Anatolians guarding goats at Lucky Hit Ranch]
Lucky Hits' Working Anatolians Guarding Goats at Lucky Hit Ranch



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My Anatolians - Past and Present
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My First Generation Anatolians

Ebeling's Kasif (Casy) --- Swan Acres Kavi Manzara (Zara)

Case at Conard Farms - Superior Working Ability
Ebeling's Kasif (Casy)
Fawn Black Mask Anatolian Male

Zara - Confirmation and Temperament
Swan Acres Kavi Manzara (Zara)
Grey Fawn Black Mask Anatolian Female



My Second Generation Anatolians

From the April 1, 1991 Litter by
Ebeling's Kasif (Casy) and Swan Acres Kavi Manzara's (Zara)
Raised Using My "Strictly Working Method"

Conard's Tawny Kat - Superior Working Ability and Superior Confirmation - A Natural Guardian - The Perfect Anatolian!
Conard's Tawny Kat (Tawny)
Fawn Black Mask
Anatolian Female
Conard's Golden Lion at Conard Farms - Superior Working Ability - Nurturing Personality - Fiercely Protective
Conard's Golden Lion (Lion)
Fawn Black Mask
Anatolian Male
Conard's Silver Winter (Turk) in California - Superior Working Ability - Serious Guardian - Wonderful Aloof Personality
Conard's Silver Winter (Turk)
Fawn Black Mask
Anatolian Male
Conard's Golden Girl (Brandy)- Fantastic Working Dog with Outstanding Confirmation - A Natural Guardian!
Conard's Golden Girl (Brandy)
Fawn Black Mask
Anatolian Female



Conard's White King (King) - Active Working Ranch Guardian - Massive, Dominant, Loving
Conard's White King (King)
Grey Fawn Pinto Black Mask
Anatolian Male



Outside Male Used During this Time Frame



Breezy Way's Hurriyet of Birinci (Rhett) - Incredible Rear and Superior Confirmation and Temperament Ability
Breezy Way's Hurriyet of Birinci (Rhett)
Fawn Dutch Marked Black Mask Anatolian Male




My Third Generation Anatolians

From the December 31, 1997 Litter by
Conard's Tawny Kat's (Tawny) and Breezy Way's Hurriyet of Birinci (Rhett)

Shadow at Lucky Hit Ranch - Combines the best in Confirmation, Working Ability, Temperament, and Guardian Demeanor
Lucky Hit's Tawny Shadow
Fawn Black Mask Anatolian Female

Autumn at Lucky Hit Ranch - Superior Working Ability - A Very Tuff and Protective Female
Lucky Hit's Tawny Autumn
Fawn Black Mask Anatolian Female



Outside Male Used During this Time Frame



Sakarya's Blazing Legend (Duke) - Superior Confirmation and Working Ability
Sakarya's Blazing Legend (Duke)
Fawn Black Mask Anatolian Male




My Fourth Generation Anatolians

From the May 8, 2001 Litter by
Lucky Hit's Tawny Shadow and Sakarya's Blazing Legend (Duke)




LINK TO FIVE GENERATION PEDIGREE FOR
LUCKY HIT TAWNY SHADOW
AND
SAKARYA'S BLAZING LEGEND




Luckey Hit's Seven of Nine (Seven) at Lucky Hit Ranch - Superior Confirmation and Working Ability in One Outstanding Dog!
Lucky Hit's Seven of Nine (Seven)
Ranked 12th in the Nation by AKC
Fawn Black Mask
Anatolian Female
Lucky Hit's Shadow Kasif (Case) at Lucky Hit Ranch - Superior Working Ability, Demeanor, and Temperament - Desirable Aloof Personalityi
Lucky Hit's Shadow Kasif (Case)
Fawn Black Mask
Anatolian Male
Lucky Hit's Shadow Beau (Beau) at Lucky Hit Ranch - Incredible Size and Outstanding Confirmation - Calm and Steady Working Temperament
Lucky Hit's Shadow Beau (Beau)
Fawn Black Mask Dutch Marked
Anatolian Male
Lucky Hit's Shadow Maximus (Max) at Lucky Hit Ranch - Strong and Dominant with Serious Working Ability, Power, and Presence
Lucky Hit's Shadow Maximus (Max)
Fawn Black Mask
Anatolian Male
Lucky Hit's Shadow Major (Major) at Taylor and Horn Boer Goat Ranch - Incredible Working Ability and a Tuff Dog
Lucky Hit's Shadow Major (Major)
Fawn Pinto Black Mask
Anatolian Male
Lucky Hit's Shadow Samson (Sam) at Lucky Hit Ranch - A Serious Working Guardian with Strong Bonding to Goats - Superior Working Ability, Gentle with Kids
Lucky Hit's Shadow Samson (Sam)
Biscuit (Light Fawn) and White
Anatolian Male




From the September 2, 2002 Litter by
Lucky Hit's Tawny Shadow and Sakarya's Blazing Legend (Duke)
A Repeat Breeding of the Successful May 8, 2001 Litter


Luckey Hit's Shadow Tokat (Tokat) at Lucky Hit Ranch - Large Boned and Correct Sturcture with Working Ability!
Lucky Hit's Shadow Tokat (Tokat)
Fawn Black Mask
Anatolian Male
Lucky Hit's Shadow Suhliman (Suhliman) - Beautiful Male
Lucky Hit's Shadow Suhliman (Suhliman)
Fawn Black Mask
Anatolian Male
Lucky Hit's Shadow Sahara (Sahara) at Lucky Hit Ranch - A Very Large and Tuff Female Pup
Lucky Hit's Shadow Sahara (Sahara)
Fawn Black Mask
Anatolian Female
Lucky Hit's Shadow Scout (Scout) in Colorado - Guarding Alpaca
Lucky Hit's Shadow Scout (Scout)
Fawn Pinto Black Mask
Anatolian Female
Lucky Hit's Moon Shadow (Jordan) in Oklahoma - Guarding Mohair and Saanan Goats
Lucky Hit's Moon Shadow (Jordan)
Fawn Black Mask
Anatolian Female
Lucky Hit's Shadow Duvar in Kentucky Protecting Boer Goats
Lucky Hit's Shadow Duvar
Fawn
Anatolian Male
Lucky Hit's Shadow Kaysee (Kaysee) in Texas - Guarding a Variety of Small Farm Animals
Lucky Hit's Shadow Kaysee (Kaysee)
Fawn Black Mask
Anatolian Female
Lucky Hit's Shadow Hawk (Tug) - now in Louisiana
Lucky Hit's Shadow Hawk
Fawn Pinto Black Mask
Anatolian Male
Lucky Hit's Shadow Sadie (Sadie) in Colorado - Guarding Alpaca
Lucky Hit's Shadow Sadie (Sadie)
Fawn Pinto Black Mask
Anatolian Female
Lucky Hit's Shadow Pepe (Pepe) now in Texas Costa Rica
Lucky Hit's Shadow Pepe (Pepe)
Fawn Pinto Black Mask
Anatolian Male
Lucky Hit's Shadow Diva (Diva) now in California Guarding Alpaca
CHAMPION
Lucky Hit's Shadow Diva (Diva)
Fawn Black Mask
Anatolian Female



CHAMPION Birinci's Yahsi (Handsome)of Lucky Hit and Inanna
Outside Male Aquired During this Time Frame (January 2003)


CHAMPION Birinci's Yahsi (Handsome) - From Working and Champion Lines
CHAMPION Birinci's Yahsi (Handsome) - From Working and Champion Lines

CHAMPION Birinci's Yahsi (Handsome)of Lucky Hit and Inanna
DOB: October 22, 2002
Fawn Black Mask Anatolian Male
Nephew of World Famous Birinci's Flintis



Lucky Hit's Breeding Philosophy



At Lucky Hit, we believe in breeding only top quality working Anatolians (Anatolians with proven working ability) whose confirmation would allow that dog to be shown competitively at the national level. At Lucky Hit we also believe that Anatolian Shepherd Guardian Dogs without proven superior working (flock guardian) temperament are not truly Anatolian Shepherd Guardians but just another beautiful companion dog and should never be bred.

Because Lucky Hit Anatolians are raised with, live with, and protect goats and other animals, over the years we've learned some of the important behavioral traits necessary in superior working flock guardians. We believe some behavioral traits that are a necessity in superior flock guardians are currently negative factors for Anatolians being shown in conformation classes, (i.e. a suspicious, aloof nature, etc.).

In spite of that fact, we believe that, in all cases, traits required for superior working ability must be selected over traits helpful in the show ring but destructive in a working environment (i.e. happy-go-lucky attitudes, a trusting nature, etc.). Each Anatolian breeder is responsible for his/her selection of only Anatolians with superior working temperaments and demeanors.

At Lucky Hit we believe superior conclusions regarding an Anatolian's ability and temperament are best obtained by placing an Anatolian in a working environment that contains both flock animals in need of protection (young and old) and predators interested in killing and eating the Anatolian's flock. In that real world situation, over time a comprehensive understanding of the true nature and ability of that Anatolian is reached!

Other Notes of Interest



I field questions for any individuals who may be having difficulty raising working Anatolian pups. I can be reached by my phone number or the e-mail listed on this web site.

A Brief Comment on Hip Dysplasia



Pups have a better chance of developing a good hip joint when both parents have good or excellent hip joints. However, hip dysplasia is a polygenetic trait and the many different genes involved combine randomly. Therefore, two dogs with good hips are able to produce a pup with terrible hips. Even so, the odds are that most of their pups will have better-than-average hips.

Knowing this, I believe it is vital that all Anatolian Shepherd breeders use at least one of the accepted radiographic hip formation evaluations for all their breeding animals. In addition, a breeder should obtain radiographic information on as many dogs in a potential breeding pair's pedigrees as possible. This information should include the pair's siblings and offspring, as well as their ancestors. The more dogs with good hip formation in the pedigrees the better the chances of producing pups with normal hips.

A dog's hip formation can truly be evaluated only through x-rays.



The following statistics reflect OFA outcomes using a mixture of breeds:

  1. Matings between two dogs with either Good or Excellent OFA ratings
    • 12.5% of the litter develop dysplastic hips (canine hip dysplasia)
    • 87.5% of the litter develop normal hips

  2. Matings between a dog with either a Good or an Excellent OFA rating and a dog with a Fair OFA rating
    • 15% of the litter develop dysplastic hips (canine hip dysplasia)
    • 85% of the litter develop normal hips

  3. Matings between a dog which is dysplastic and a dog with a Good or an Excellent OFA rating
    • 25% of the litter develop dysplastic hips (canine hip dysplasia)
    • 75% of the litter develop normal hips


Beau demonstrating correctly submissive posture to a goat
Lucky Hit's Shadow Beau enjoys making friends with all the goats, even the strict ones!


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