Bred initially to guard livestock, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog has its origins in Asia Minor. A great companion to shepherds, history also indicates the use of this breed for purposes of war and hunting. Said to be closely related to the Kangal Dog, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog has the great ability to withstand the hot and dry summers and cold winters of high Anatolian Plateau.
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog has a large head with a well-proportioned body. A rectangular muzzle, which is shorter than its wide skull; dark brown to light amber colored eyes; v-shaped ears; powerful neck; back with a drop behind the withers and a steady arch over loin; long tail; deep chest; either short or rough coat, thicker and longer at the neck and mane; are some of their physical characteristics.
Tan, White, Light Brown, Sable
A calm, intelligent and observant dog, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog is brave, protective and territorial, though highly adaptable. A loyal dog and a natural guard, they can be stubborn at times. Though suspicious of strangers, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog spontaneously loves and protects its family, getting possessive occasionally. This breed is friendly with children, though the size of the dog can be a deterrent on unsupervised mixing with kids.
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog lives anywhere from 12 to 15 years. Hip dysplasia is a common problem, and so are others like eyelid entropion or hypothyroidism. Puppies need extra vaccinations against parvo-virus since their immunity takes longer to develop. Checking for dermatologic, musculoskeletal, and lipomas health issues is also suggested.
CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, NKC, NZKC, APRI, ACR