Despite their name, the Anatolian Shepherd is not really a herding dog, but more often a guardian, protecting flocks from dangers. They are generally calm, smart, and attentive dogs that can become territorial if allowed to call the shots. Given their guarding tendencies, the Anatolian Shepherd can become over protective, but is also more than willing to concede to a strong human pack leader. Not a great first dog, this large breed demands a naturally decisive owner in order to be trained. .