Anatolian Shepherd Dog Breed Information


Anatolian Shepherd Quick Facts
Anatolian Shepherd Dog
Breed Group: Working
Origen: Anatolia (Turkey)Turkish
Nickname: Akbas, Anatolian Karabash dog
Weight: 80-150 lbs
Height: 27-29 inches
Color(s): Any, most common is fawn with black mask


Anatolian Shepherd Appearance

The Anatolian Shepherd is a large muscular dog, with a smart expression. This is a strong breed that is built to do a tough job with impressive endurance and agility. They have a well-muscled torso with a strong head. His gait is powerful and smooth. The muzzle is often black and is rectangular in shape. The eyes are medium size, set apart, almond shaped and dark brown to light amber in color. The ears are V-Shaped with rounded apex. The chest is deep and reaches to the elbows. The tail is long and set high with a curl at the end.

The Anatolian Shepherd has a thick, soft undercoat and an outer coat that is either short and smooth or long and rough, with the hair being longer around the neck. They look as if they are heavier than they actually are, due to the thick coat. Any coat colors are accepted. The most common is fawn with black mask. The weight of the Anatolian Shepherd is around 80-150 pounds and the height is around 27-29 inches.

Anatolian Shepherd Temperament

The Anatolian Shepherd is a serious dog. He is alert, smart, loyal and very devoted to its family; although he is not overly demonstrative with his affection. He appears bold, but calm and easygoing unless is challenged. He is good with children but may not be playful enough to them. This is a working breed that is instinctively protective, territorial and suspicious with strangers. The Anatolian Shepherd is fiercely loyal guard dog and tends to bark a lot when senses a threat. The Anatolian can do well with other dogs if raised with them, but most do not appear to enjoy the company of other dogs. Early socialization and obedience training is vital at a young age, since this will determine whether your Anatolian will become a pleasant and docile companion or an obstinate nightmare.

Is Anatolian Shepherd the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Anatolian Shepherd is not recommended for apartment life. They are relatively inactive indoors and will do best with at least a large yard. There needs could be met with a long walk or jog on leash every day. An Anatolian Shepherd who doesn't get to burn off his energy will become bored and destructive. He does best when had a job to do. This breed is able to live outdoor in temperate to cold climate but is best when allowed to spend some time inside with its family.

Anatolian Shepherd Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Anatolian Shepherd is around 10-13 years.

Anatolian Shepherd Health problems

The Anatolian Shepherd is a relatively healthy breed. The major concerns associate with this breed is CHD (Coronary Heart Disease). They could also be prone to hypothyroidism, canine hip dysplasia and entropion. They are also very sensitive to barbiturate anesthesia. As with all breeds the Anatolian Shepherd will need regular vaccinations, worming, flea and tick treatment to keep him healthy.

Anatolian Shepherd Care and Grooming

The Anatolian Shepherd doesn’t require too much grooming and his coat is easily maintained. You can simply brush his coat occasionally to keep it in good condition and remove dead hair. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary. Over bathing or frequent bathing your dog will strip the oils from the coat and may cause severe skin irritations and possible allergy type reactions.

Anatolian Shepherd Shedding

The Anatolian Shepherd is a heavy shedder; you'll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home, therefore is not best suited for those with allergies.