Anatolian Shepherd Dog


A large sized Anatolian Shepherd Dog
Anatolian Shepherd Quick Summary
Also Known As
Height (at withers)26-32in (66-81cm)
Weight90-150lbs (41-68kg)
Hair Colour(s)Varies
Lifespan11-15 years
Energy LevelLow
Litter size5-10
Barking TendencyMedium
Exercise requirements
Ease of trainingLow
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatability
Aggression levels
Distress if left

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog can vary greatly in colour, size and type and length of coat. However, it generally has a steady and sturdy build and sports a serious yet alert expression. The coat is harsh and dense with a thick undercoat, and it tends to be longer at the mane and neck. The colouring of the coat can vary but includes fawn, red, white, sable, and brindle, sometimes with black mask and ears.


Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are powerful, courageous, and sturdy, and although they can be calm and dignified, they will respond if challenged. Solemn in nature, they are loyal and protective and can be possessive and independent. As a result, they are not the most obedient of dogs and can be difficult to train and so are best suited to experienced dog owners. They get along well with older, more considerate children from their own family, but proper introductions would be required for any unfamiliar children. They will usually tolerate other family pets that are passive and non-aggressive. Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are wary of strangers and will bark at them on sight, and will always protect their own territory. These headstrong dogs tend to take a more supervisory and protective role rather than being interactive and playful. They also like having a job to do, and unless properly socialised and well managed will quickly take over the role of leader.

History & Skills

Anatolian Shepherd Dogs originate from Turkey, with a history stretching back thousands of years. Despite the name, these dogs were never used as herders. Once known as the Anatolian Karabash, they were used for protecting livestock from predators such as bears and wolves, enduring long work days even during bad weather. They also served as companions for travelling shepherds, adapting well to different conditions. This tough breed is blessed with great endurance and agility through a strong but flowing pace. Also known as the Turkish Guard Dog, Anatolians have also long been used as fighting and hunting dogs. These days they are still widely used to guard flocks and as security dogs.

Breed Specific Ailments

Anatolian Shepherd Dogs tend to live between 11-15 years. Some of the health problems noted in this breed include hip dysplasia, like other large breeds, thyroid problems, entropion, and sensitivity to chemicals and medications. It has a slow-developing immunity too.


Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are pretty low maintenance as far as grooming is concerned. The coat will only need brushing once a week, although as the breed sheds heavily twice a year, this will need stepping up during these times.

Exercise & Environment

Anatolian Shepherd Dogs need a considerable amount of exercise, preferably a daily walk and a secure outside area where they can roam off the leash. They can live outdoors in cool to moderate climates and are not suitable for small homes or hot climates.


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