Adopt an Anatolian Shepherd
Picture: Kent and Donna Dannen
livestock dog, mastiff, flock guard
Area of origin:
Average size of male:
Ht: 29, Wt: 110-150
Average size of female:
Ht: 27, Wt: 80-120
coban kopegi, karabash dog, kara bas, Kangal dog
Friendliness towards dogs
Friendliness towards other pets
Friendliness towards strangers
Ease of training
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Anatolian Shepherd Dog Temperament
This is a serious dog, devoted to his family and his duty as family protector. At the same time, he is laid back-and easygoing, never on the lookout for trouble. He can be suspicious of strangers and can be territorial. He is good with children. As a serious watchdog, he tends to bark a lot when his suspicions are aroused.
Anatolian Shepherd Dog Care
The Anatolian shepherd needs a chance to exercise every day, either with a long walk or brisk run. Coat care is minimal, consisting only of a weekly brushing to remove dead hair.
Anatolian Shepherd Dog Health
Major concerns: CHD
Minor concerns: entropion
Occasionally seen: none
Suggested tests: hip, (eye)
Life span: 10-13 years
Note: sensitive to anesthesia
Interested in the history of the Anatolian Shepherd dog breed?
The Anatolian shepherd is an ancient guardian breed with a long working history. His roots probably lie in the Tibetan mastiff and Roman Mollosian war dogs that came to Turkey more than 4,000 years ago. Here Anatolian shepherds proved invaluable as staunch defenders of livestock against formidable predators, including wolves and bears. They accompanied the nomadic shepherds and became widespread over a large geographical region, accounting for the Anatolian's great variation in size, coat type and color. Several traits that remained constant throughout the breed, however, are loyalty, independence and hardiness. The name shepherd is a misnomer because the breed was never used as a herder. His Turkish name, koban copek, means "shepherd's dog." The first of the breed did not come to America until the 1950s, where although he proved himself as an effective livestock guard against coyotes and other predators, he remained unknown to most dog fanciers. Only in the late 1970s and 1980s did the Anatolian shepherd begin to be more widely appreciated, still valued for his utilitarian, rather than cosmetic, attributes. Pet parents desiring a loyal and effective guardian began to acquire the breed. In 1996, the Anatolian shepherd was accepted in the AKC miscellaneous class; Anatolian fanciers are adamant about retaining the dog's working instincts above all else. Upon official recognition as a regular breed, the Anatolian shepherd will be in the working group.
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ENCYCLOPEDIA OF DOG BREEDS by D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D.
Shelters with Anatolian Shepherd Dogs
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