Anatolian Shepherds weren't bred as sheep herders. Instead, they've served as dedicated guard dogs to protect livestock. They are independent, loyal, hardy, and huge!
Originally from Turkey, this large and somewhat active breed can grow to between 80—150 pounds and lives an average of 11—13 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Working group.
|Breed's original pastime||Herding|
|Average lifespan||10-13 years|
|Family||Livestock dog, mastiff, flock guard|
|Date of origin||Ancient times|
|Original function||Flock guard|
|Today's function||Flock guard, security|
|Average size of male||Height: 29 Weight: 110-150|
|Average size of female||Height: 27 Weight: 80-120|
|Energy level||Low energy|
|Affection level||Moderately affectionate|
|Friendliness toward other dogs||Shy|
|Friendliness toward other pets||Friendly|
|Friendliness toward strangers||Shy|
|Ease of training||Moderately easy to train|
|Protection ability||Very protective|
|Grooming needs||Low maintenance|
|Cold tolerance||High tolerance|
|Heat tolerance||Medium tolerance|
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS AN ANATOLIAN SHEPHERD'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
Anatolian Shepherds are calm, smart, loyal, and independent. They're not particularly affectionate though they can be somewhat playful. Given their size, they'll play best with children and other dogs when supervised and should not be left alone. It's no surprise that Anatolian Shepherds can be suspicious of strangers: they're territorial about their “flock,” whether that flock is made of actual livestock, human children and adults, or other pets.
WHAT IS ANATOLIAN SHEPHERD BEHAVIOR LIKE?
These big dogs enjoy romping with you in the backyard or going for long walks, but they're fairly calm unless they're challenged. They live to guard, so they make vigilant watchdogs and motivated protectors who are
somewhat prone to barking. Anatolian Shepherds are a rugged breed, built for agility and endurance. Puppies and adult Anatolian Shepherds alike love to chew and have strong jaws, so be conscientious about their toys.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN AN ANATOLIAN SHEPHERD?
Anatolian Shepherds are large and in charge — they are responsive, smart, and affectionate, but it's important to start training early and to be consistent in channeling their guarding instincts. The most successful relationship with an Anatolian Shepherd is one in which you're working together to get the job done. They're not always the best dog park citizens; consider finding a safe area for your buddy to run on their own.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO ANATOLIAN SHEPHERDS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Anatolian Shepherds are seasonal shedders who will require occasional grooming. Use a curry comb and brush with short bristles to shake loose hairs free and to keep your furry friend looking their best.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO ANATOLIAN SHEPHERDS HAVE?
With proper feeding and care, Anatolian Shepherds are usually healthy dogs.
This breed can be prone to bloat, a condition that requires immediate attention from your veterinarian. Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV) and contact your vet at once if you suspect your dog might be suffering from this ailment.