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Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Anatolian Shepherds

The Anatolian 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 problem...

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.

Training Information

Anatolian Shepherd Dog Club of America

Thanks to the Alaturka Anatolian Kennel for the information.

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