The Anatolian Shepherd was bred to protect big flocks against large predators....
Originally bred in Turkey, this breeds history goes way back. For nomadic tribes in Turkey, survival of the fittest was a way of life. Everything depended on their flocks: food, clothing, and shelter. Their whole lives depended on their ability to maintain a healthy, productive herd. A big, nasty predator could come from any direction, at any moment, day or night. Given such a harsh life, it was clear that the nomads couldnt do it alone. So, they put their entire lives into the very responsible paws of the Anatolian Shepherd.
In order to keep everybody safe, the Anatolian Shepherd had to be strong, smart, fast, aware of their surroundings, and exceptionally brave. Over many centuries, they wandered the lands with their nomadic tribes, protecting the herds and even finding their own food. In time, Anatolian Shepherd dogs learned to become very capable and independent guardians.
Eventually, after a long career doing a phenomenal job as protector, they found their way to the US during the 1950s. The AKC recognized them in 1996, fairly recently compared to how long theyve been around. In America, they have found a great role as loving family pets for experienced owners.