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Anatolian Shepherd Dog Breed Info & Pictures

The Anatolian Shepherd’s appearance clearly reflects their historic vocation as a guardian. The breed is large (categorized as giant), strong, and fast. Anatolian Shepherds have an intelligent expression and wide-set, dark brown, almond-shaped eyes. Their ears are approximately four to six inches in length, V-shaped, and rounded at the tips, resting on the sides of the Anatolian Shepherd dog’s head. Their muzzle has a sturdy, strong appearance, and the nose is either brown or entirely black. The Anatolian Shepherd has a powerful body with sturdy legs and a long, high-set tail that is often carried in a wheel shape. They have a thick, soft undercoat, and their outer coat is either short and smooth or long and rough. Their fur tends to be longer around the mane and neck. Anatolian Shepherds can have coats of any color, but fawn with a black mask is most common.

Anatolian Shepherd Fast Facts

10 - 13 years
110 - 150 lbs
80 - 120 lbs
Anotolian Shepherd, Anatolin Shepherd or Anatolion Shepherd.
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The Anatolian Shepherd is an observant, intelligent, and calm breed that is ready to protect its flock animal or human!...

Bred for livestock protection, the Anatolian Shepherd is naturally territorial and can serve as a courageous guardian. These dogs may act reserved in the presence of strangers or in unfamiliar places, and they will protect their home when their owners are not home. Proper obedience training is vital for Anatolian Shepherd puppies, especially because of this breeds large size. Asserting your position as pack leader will help your Anatolian Shepherd become a pleasant and docile companion, rather than a stubborn nightmare. Anatolian Shepherds have a strong independent streak, so this breed is not recommended for first-time dog owners. Additionally, these powerful dogs should not be in a home with small children theyre so large (and clumsy as puppies) that they could accidentally injure a toddler. Socialize your Anatolian Shepherd with plenty of exposure to other pets and small animals from a young age, which can help them overcome their natural chasing instincts.

Caring For a Anatolian Shepherd

Because of the Anatolian Shepherds nomadic roots, they have a natural wanderlust....

Anatolian Shepherds needs at least one long walk everyday, and a long run or free roam is preferred. And while Anatolian Shepherd puppies might seem fine in an apartment, theyll quickly outgrow small spaces! Give your dog a home with a secure, fenced yard. This breed has a short coat that only requires minimal brushing, but they do shed heavily several times per year. Daily brushing will help remove dead hair. Grooming is generally not required beyond an occasional bath as needed. Anatolian Shepherd puppies should be exposed to nail trimming, teeth brushing, and ear cleaning early on itll be much easier to manage once theyre fully grown adults. Regarding long-term health concerns, this breed is susceptible to canine hip dysplasia and entropion.

Anatolian Shepherd History

Breed History

The Anatolian Shepherd is a giant breed designed to provide protection for a flock, particularly against large, dangerous predators....

The Anatolian Shepherds impressive size is intended to intimidate or at least discourage potential predators from attacking. The breeds roots lie in Turkey, where nomadic tribes had to cope with unforgivingly harsh geography and climate. These nomads depended on their flocks for food and clothing, and they needed to protect their hoofstock from potential predators. Large guard dogs were commonly used to fill this charge. The dogs had to be fast enough to confront a predator that could potentially approach the flock from any direction. Furthermore, the guard dogs needed to have the size, strength and courage to fight off large predators. Over centuries, the necessities and hardships faced by nomadic tribes and their trusted guard dogs, coupled with careful breeding, resulted in an almost accelerated evolution of the breed quite literally, a survival of the fittest. Because food was scarce and costly, the dogs that survived tended to be those that could catch small prey on their own. The outcome was a relatively uniform breed, now known as the Anatolian Shepherd. The tremendous value of these dogs in the field meant they were almost never kept as house pets, and breeding was focused on work performance above all else. The Anatolian Shepherd was introduced to the United States during the 1950s and recognized by the American Kennel Club as part of the Miscellaneous Class and then the Working Group in 1996. Since then, Anatolian Shepherds have become loving family pets among experienced dog owners. Learn more about Anatolian Shepherd rescues and responsible breeders using our exclusive breeder directory!