The Anatolian Shepherd Dog!

Despite the name, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog was never a herder, but more of a flock guard, protecting livestock from predators like bears and wolves. A breed of ancient origin, the Anatolian varies greatly in coat type, color, and size, as it served as a companion to traveling shepherds, adapting to different conditions. This tough breed is endowed with great endurance and agility, in a strong but flowing pace. A dense undercoat and short to rough outer coat make up the fur, which tends to be longer at the mane and neck.

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
11-14 years

Energy Level:
Less than average.

Living Conditions:
Not for apartment life or hot climates..


Exercise Needs:
Extended free run in large, enclosed yard.

Breed Group:


26 to 30 inches

90 to 150 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Fawn (often with a dark mask) is a common color, though other colors are okay, including white, pinto and brindle.

National breed club:
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog of America

Anatolian Shepherd Dog Skills

Also known as the Turkish Guard Dog, the Anatolian has long been used as a combat dog and hunting dog. As a flock guard, this breed can endure a long day at work, even when the weather is bad. These days, it is still widely used as a flock guard, as well as a security dog.

Anatolian Shepherd Dog Personality

Mostly a solemn dog, the Anatolian is a loyal pet and keen protector of its family, though it tends to be quite relaxed and is never a troublemaker. This breed is wary of strangers (it barks at the sight of them), and will protect its territory at all times. It behaves well toward children, though it may not be as lively as they may want. If the dog is selected to become a flock guard, it should not also be a family pet, as it will more likely choose to be with the family rather than the flock.

Exercise Needs

The Anatolian needs a considerable amount of exercise, preferably in an enclosed yard where it can run off leash whenever it wants. With a large yard, this dog can be left to exercise on its own, though a long walk or jogging session with its owner is also good.

Living Conditions

The Anatolian shepherd dog can live outdoors in moderate to cool climates, while it is not suited for staying in an apartment. Access to a large, securely fenced yard may be necessary for this breed.

Grooming Requirements

The Anatolian shepherd dog sheds its coat twice a year, and needs careful and thorough brushing then. Occasional or regular gentle brushing may also be done to take away dead hair.

Health Issues

The Anatolian shepherd dog may be susceptible to hip dysplasia, like other large breeds. Cases of entropion were also recorded for this breed. Owners should also take note of its sensitivity to anesthesia, as well as its slow-developing immunity, for such reason the young ones may need vaccination.

If you liked this dog… might also like the Great Dane, also a large livestock dog of mastiff descent that is a slightly less protective watchdog but a friendlier, more affectionate pet.


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