|Group classification: Working||Country of origin: Turkey||Date of origin: Antiquity|
|Weight (M): 110 - 150 lb||Height (M): 29"+||Life expectancy: 10 - 13 years|
|Weight (F): 80 - 120 lb||Height (F): 27"+|
General Description of the Anatolian Shepherd
The Anatolian Shepherd’s appearance clearly reflects its vocation as a guardian; the breed is large (categorized as giant), strong and fast. The Anatolian Shepherd has an intelligent expression and wide-set, dark brown, almond-shaped eyes. The ears are approximately four to six inches in length, V-shaped, rounded at the tips and rest on the sides of head. The muzzle has a sturdy, strong appearance and the nose is either brown or entirely black. The Anatolian Shepherd’s body is powerful, with an arch in the back above the loin, sturdy legs, and a long, high set tail that is often carried in a “wheel” shape. The dog has a thick, soft undercoat and an outer coat that is either short and smooth or long and rough, with the hair being longer around the mane and neck. The coat can be of any color, but fawn with a black mask is most common.
Anatolian Shepherd Temperament
The Anatolian Shepherd is an observant, intelligent and calm breed ready to protect what it perceives as its flock. Bred for livestock protection, the Anatolian Shepherd is naturally territorial and can serve as a courageous guardian. These dogs may act reserved in the presence of strangers or in unfamiliar places. Proper obedience training from a young age is vital, since this will determine whether your Anatolian will become a pleasant and docile companion or an intractable nightmare. The Anatolian Shepherd's large size coupled with its independent and sometimes obstinate personality can sometimes make training a daunting task; this dog is therefore recommended for experienced dog owners only. Exposure to other pets and small animals from a young age will help you Anatolian Shepherd overcome his natural chasing instincts.
Caring for an Anatolian Shepherd
The Anatolian Shepherd’s nomadic roots have instilled a need for travel, and this breed needs at least a long walk everyday; a long run or free roam will also be appreciated whenever you can manage it. The breed sheds twice a year and during this time it should be brushed regularly, however when it is not shedding the dog requires only minimal grooming at its owners discretion. The Anatolian Shepherd is a serious working dog and is unlikely to do well in an apartment without a yard. The Anatolian Shepherd is susceptible to canine hip dysplasia and entropion.