Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Anatolian Shepherd Dog


The Anatolian Shepherd dogs have quite a history. They were bred in Turkey more than 6,000 years ago to be guardians of livestock and property. They are independent breed and can withstand harsher climates. This was necessary because of their nomadic existence. They are an ancient breed and known as Turkey’s national emblem.


The Anatolian Shepherd dog must have a lot of exercise and needs to work. They shouldn’t live in apartments, condominiums, or other city dwelling. This breed needs to live in a rural setting or on a farm where they can roam at will. A home with a large fenced in yard will also work.


The Anatolian Shepherd dog needs to be brushed weekly with special attention given during heavy seasonal shedding. You should bathe only when necessary. They are highly susceptible to ticks, fly bites and fleas. They’re also prone to hip dysplasia, anesthesia sensitivity, eyelid entropion, and hypothyroidism.


The Anatolian Shepherd dog is bold and large. They are quite enduring and agile. This breed has confidence, reliability, pride and they work hard. The Anatolian Shepherd dogs are majestic and noble with a versatility that allows them to be great companions, guardians, and show dogs.


The Anatolian Shepherd dog has 2 basic types of coats. These are rough and short. The short coat measures about 1 inch long, while the rough coat measures about 4 inches in length. Their neck hair is thicker and longer than their body hair. The Anatolian Shepherd is a breed with a double coat and thick undercoat. The color is usually fawn with a black mask. There are other colors of pinto, brindle or white. This breed is a seasonal heavy shedder.


Anatolian Shepherd puppies are calm, brave, and affectionate. They are protective and possessive of their families, homes, and territories. Because they’re so large, they’re not the best dogs to be around small children. If they’ve been raised with other household pets, they’ll typically get along with them, but they don’t like strangers. The Anatolian Shepherd dog will bark loud and long as well as being prone to digging. Since this is a stubborn and dominant breed, they’re not good pets for a sedentary, novice or apathetic owner.


The Anatolian Shepherd dog must have socialization and basic obedience training early in life. They won’t respond to heavy handed or harsh methods. Training must be conducted with patience, firmness, respect, love and consistency. This breed needs a dominant owner.