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Print an adoption flyer for NORTH CAROLINA, CHAPEL HILL: "LEYA"!

Please Note: This animal is listed as a courtesy to another organization. Please be sure to contact the foster/caretaker for more information about her.


  • Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info)
  • Species: Dog
  • Current Age: 3 Years 6 Months (best estimate)
  • Housetrained: Yes
  • Obedience Training Needed: Has Basic Training
  • Exercise Needs: Moderate
  • Grooming Needs: Moderate
  • Shedding Amount: Moderate
  • Owner Experience Needed: Species

Chapel Hill NC




Stats:  Born April, 2018; Spayed; chipped; UTD on shots; house trained; leash trained; loves car rides; not crate trained; good with kids and other animals


Leya is a stoic sweetie in search of a forever home with quiet, consistent companionship.  Leya’s ideal life would be as a companion or possibly emotional support animal.  She would love to lay by your feet while you work, ride in the car with you when you go out, take walks with you, hang out on the deck while you do yard work, and exchange Anatolian hugs for belly rubs.  She would do well in a small family or with a single person.  

Leya has been with us for 3 years.  She has been a family dog, and is well-beloved by ourselves and most of our friends and family.  However, we are moving abroad and, after much thought and consideration, have decided that the best option for Leya would be to find a home here in the US.  We are located in the Raleigh-Durham area in North Carolina.


Temperament:  Leya is pretty easy for an Anatolian shepherd.  She is sweet, quietly affectionate, and very good at communicating her needs (she has mastered use of the doe eyes and doleful arched eyebrows when were eating something especially delicious).  Like all Anatolians, she is intelligent, independent and stubborn: just because she knows what you want, doesn’t mean she will bend her actions to your will - though she will listen and consider what you are asking of her.  

Indoor/Outdoor:  Leya sleeps indoors, but is not allowed in the bedrooms or on the furniture and respects this rule when we are around (though if I wake up early enough, I sometimes come downstairs to find her slumbering and drooling on the living room sofa….).  If we are inside, she usually wants to be inside too, and she hung out in my home office for most of the pandemic.  Leya is non-destructive if left at home by herself.  Leya does exhibit anxiety when locked in an enclosed space, including a crate.  She previously injured herself trying to get out of a crate, and there may have been other incidents before we got her.  This is the main reason why we are not bringing her with us when we move overseas - we are afraid she may injure herself if crated for a 17 hour flight. However, at home, due to being neither destructive nor aggressive, Leya has not needed to be crated. 

Children:  Leya is very gentle with children, especially young children.  She has a gentle mouth for taking treats, and lots of patience.  She is non-confrontational with children, and will simply back up if they are too exuberant for her liking.  When zooming around the yard or dog park, Leya will take care not to knock into small children (or other people).  Leya is occasionally playful, but no longer a puppy.  She will not play “fetch” or other games. 

Exercise:  Leya is 3.5 years old and no longer has puppy energy.  A few rambles around the yard or a couple of walks a day is all she will require, though she’s happy to go on longer hikes when the occasion arises.  We usually walk Leya using a gentle leader or front-ring harness. 

Other animals:  Leya gets along well with our imperious 20# cat and plays well with the dogs at the dog park.  She will bark at animals out in the woods behind our house at night, but has not demonstrated any prey drive.  She has not previously resided with other dogs, but has been fine when colleagues have brought their friendly dogs over to our house.  She was previously boarded at a place with 5  very  high-energy dogs, and this seemed to cause her some anxiety - a home with no other pets, or low-key/non-dominant other pets would probably be best.  She has not been trained with livestock. 

Strangers outside:  Leya loves to take walks around town and shows mild interest in or ignores other people in public. We regularly take her into Lowes and she is well-behaved, if a bit timid. If she doesn't want to be petted, she just backs up.

Strangers at home:  Leya does bark at strangers on her home turf (this includes delivery vans and service workers).  She will stop 20 feet away from strangers and attempt to bark them away from a distance - she is intimidating, but not aggressive.  If she has the (beep/buzz) bark collar on, she will bark once or twice, and then resort to grumbling.

When we greet people, Leya is curious about them and wants to sniff them out.  We do introductions (with the aid of a treat), Leya smells them, and then all is good. 


If you have any other questions, please contact me.  We would love to find a solid home for Leya, and we know that she will be the perfect companion for someone/some family.  We are located in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina and are somewhat constricted in terms of how far we can travel.  We would prefer for prospective families to come and visit her here.  Please contact me if you have any questions. 

Leya will come with her collar, gentle leader, harness, leashes, bowls, some dog food and, if wanted, her favorite rug. 

For adoption fee, we ask for a $250 donation to the National Anatolian Shepherd Rescue.

This is a courtesy listing. This dog is currently adoptable but is not a part of or associated with National Anatolian Shepherd Rescue Network (NASRN), including NASRN’s adoption and/or fostering programs. The information listed for each animal was provided by individual caregivers and was not generated or verified by NASRN. NASRN makes no representations related to these animals . As with all adoptions, NASRN encourages potential adopters to gain as much information as possible before adopting these animals , including but not limited to temperament testing, consultation with a trainer, and consultation with a veterinarian.       


Good with Cats, Good with Kids, Somewhat vocal, Requires a yard, Leashtrained

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