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Anatolian Shepherd General Appearance:
The Anatolian Shepherd dog is a large, sturdy, working guard dog. They are similar to the Great Pyrenees and the Kuvasz, but they are more lean and agile. They have a muscular build, a broad, slightly rounded head, a sturdy muzzle, a thick neck, wide-set, almond-shaped brown or amber eyes, V-shaped ears, a large rib cage, and a long tail with a slight curve at the end. They stand 27 to 29 inches tall and weigh 80 to 150 pounds.
The Anatolian Shepherd’s double coat can be short and smooth or long and rough. Their hair is longer around the mane and neck, and their coat can have a range of colors: fawn, brindle, pinto, and white cream. The Shepherd has large colored spots and a black, brown, or silver mask. Because Anatolian Shepherds are heavy shedders, they need to be groomed once or twice a week.
Anatolian Shepherd Temperament:
Anatolian Shepherds evolved their protective, independent nature to guard over livestock in Turkey's harsh climates. They are alert, fearless, affectionate, patient, and even-tempered with their immediate family — but when they're challenged, they are protective and territorial. Because of their fiercely loyal nature, Anatolian Shepherds must be formally introduced to strangers and friends of the family. Their intimidating appearance and deep bark is usually enough to deter predators — whether they're animals or people — but they will defend their family if necessary.
Anatolian Shepherds are naturally independent and highly intelligent, which makes them less likely to obey an owner who doesn't display natural, strong authority. Keep your Anatolian Shepherd within a fenced yard — they will expand their territory if they don't have any set boundaries. Because they like to roam, this Shepherd breed is not suitable for apartments or cramped living spaces.
Anatolian Shepherd Fun Fact:
There's a reason for the Anatolian Shepherd's intimidating size and powerful build: it was bred in Turkey almost 6,000 years ago to protect nomadic shepherds' livestock from wolves.
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