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Anatolian Shepherd Puppies
Description: 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, 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.
Anatolian 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
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.
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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