Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Anatolian Shepherd Dog
Working Group

Anatolian Shepherd Dog - General Information

Weight: male: 110-150, female: 80-120 lbs

Height: male: 29, female 27 inches

Color(s): any, most common is fawn with black mask

Character: The Anatolian Shepherd is large and bold. This breed possesses great endurance and is extremely agile. They are confident, reliable, proud, and hard-working. A majestic and noble breed, the Anatolian Shepherds versatility enables them to fulfill such duties as companion, guardian, and show dog.

Temperament: A loyal, deeply devoted, and intelligent breed, the Anatolian Shepherd is calm, affectionate, and brave. They are possessive and protective of their family, home, and territory. Due to their large size they are not recommended for homes with small children. They will generally get along with dogs and other household pets they have been raised with. They are wary and suspicious of strangers. This breed has a tendency to bark loudly for extended periods of time and is prone to digging. The Anatolian Shepherd may be stubborn and dominant. They are not recommended for the sedentary, apathetic, or novice dog owner.

Care: The Anatolian Shepherd requires brushing once a week with special attention given to the coat during the heavy seasonal shedding. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary. This breed is highly susceptible to fleas, ticks, and fly bites. They may also be prone to hip dysplasia, eyelid entropion, sensitivity to anesthesia, and hypothyroidism.

Training: This breed must have early socialization and basic obedience training. They will not respond to harshness or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with respect, firmness, fairness, patience, consistency, and love. The Anatolian Shepherd requires a dominant owner.

Activity: The Anatolian Shepherd needs an inordinate amount of exercise and thrives on being given a job to do. This breed is not recommended for apartment, condominium, or city dwelling. They do best in a rural farm setting where they can romp and roam; or in a home with a large securely fenced yard.