Thinking about purchasing an Anatolian Shepherd? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Anatolian Shepherd breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis.
Fundamental requirements for a being a good Anatolian Shepherd owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Anatolian Shepherd and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Anatolian Shepherd Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Anatolian Shepherd and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Anatolian Shepherd Breed Profile
The Anatolian Shepherd is known for their large, strong frame and their courage. Steady and bold but never aggressive, they should be loyal, independent and hardy. The Anatolian Shepherd has a large head; broad muzzle; dark nose; and almond shaped, brown eyes. Anatolian Shepherds at one time were used to hunt wolves but today in the United States they are used as hunters, sheepdogs, and in the military. Similar in looks to the Great Pyrenees, the Anatolian Shepherd has tighter frame and are more agile. They are large dogs, reaching up to 30 inches. They come in colors of solid cream to fawn and often have a black mask and ears. They have medium sized drop ears, a furry rectangular body and almond shaped eyes. The Anatolian Shepherd is keen on protection and guarding, and acts as if that is their main job. They are intelligent and easygoing, yet very stern about their job. They are rather protective and thus do not usually like strangers. The Anatolian Shepherd is a big guard in which owners stress, "This is not a gentle giant."
Other Names: Coban Kopegi (Shepherd's Dog), Karabash Dog, Kara bas, Kangal Dog
Type: Guardian Dog
26 - 31 inches; Males: 29 - 32 inches.
Colors: All colors,
but most desired is solid cream to fawn with black mask and ears. There are
some tricolors, brindles and black and whites. All colors are acceptable and
they sometimes have a dark mask.
Shepherds are laid back, easygoing, intelligent, reliable, and very serious
when it comes to guard duty. They are very devoted to family and suspicious
of strangers. They do not do well around strangers, and are protective. The
Anatolian is territorial and reserved, but affectionate with friends and family.
They are independent, watchful and calm. The Anatolian is always on alert. Loyal
and trainable, the Anatolian does not like small spaces to live in. They have
a natural affinity for keeping themselves clean. They are gentle and playful
with children and family. This breed is not a "gentle giant", and they should
be properly introduced to any kind of stranger. An owner should post a sign
for delivery people to not enter an Anatolian's space.
Anatolian Shepherd Care and Training:
The Anatolian Shepherd needs weekly brushing and daily exercise like a good
long walk or brisk run on a leash or a large area to run free. They have a natural
tendency to clean themselves. Mental stimulation to prevent boredom is necessary.
Puppies need to be trained early or they are very wary of strangers as adults.
Anatolian Shepherd Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, sensitivity to anesthesia, and hypothyroidism.
Life Span: 12 - 15 years.
This breed is long lived for how large it is.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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