Anatolian Shepherd Dog
Shepherd Dog is native to the rural districts of Turkey. The
Anatolian is a fiercely loyal guard dog that demonstrates a
possessive attitude towards family, property and livestock. He is
suspicious of strangers, reserved when in public, and may expect a
"formal introduction before tolerating any familiarities.
The Anatolian is NOT a dog for everyone, but for
those select few who learn to live with this very demanding breed,
it can be a most wonderful experience!!
The average lifespan of the breed is said to be well
into their teens. The adult Anatolian can range from 27-33" at the
shoulder and can weigh from 80-140 pounds. They come in all colors,
with the most common being the fawn with black mask. Other colors
include pintos, brindles, solid whites and solid creams.
Anatolians have an innate tendency to dig ... so, if
you really love your landscape, they might not be right for you.
They also tend to be very watchful and prone to bark ... if you have
close neighbors who are touchy about barking dogs ... another
These dogs must know their boundaries, so there must
be a fenced in area for them ... be it pasture or your yard.
Otherwise, they will extend their boundaries as far as possible.
And, most have no car sense at all and are at danger from being run
over if allowed to run loose.
Anatolians will bond with whatever they live with and
will see any animals or humans as part of their "flock" ... they
will protect completely by whatever method is most effective. They
tend to love children, but it is important to always monitor
interaction with children and dogs. They are a very laid back dog
until something happens to "excite" their radar ... then, they are a
very serious guardian!
The Turkish Anatolian is NOT a herding breed ... they
are Livestock GUARDIANS!! and have a completely different mindset
from the herding breeds. Whereas herding breeds have a very high
prey drive and may not be safely left alone with whatever they herd,
the Anatolian has a very low prey drive and is usually completely
reliable with whatever they are guarding.
Anatolian Shepherd Dog Club of
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