AKC PuppyFinder: Anatolian Shepherd Dog Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Calm, watchful, loyal, and smart; protective and territorial
- Energy Level: Somewhat Active; These big guys live for long walks, romps in the yard, and something or someone to guard
- Good with Children: Better with Supervision
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Seasonal
- Grooming: Occasional
- Trainability: Independent
- Height: 29 inches (male), 27 inches (female)
- Weight: 110-150 pounds (male), 80-120 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 11-13 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
Think carefully before deciding this rugged guard dog is for you. With firm, consistent training, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog is affectionate and responsive with his family. He's a natural protector of both his 'herd' and his territory and does best with an owner who is a positive, strong leader. Anatolian Shepherd Dog puppies must be socialized early and introduced to a variety of situations. Despite his independent nature, an experienced owner will find him trainable, smart and extremely loyal.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1996
Breed History & Job Description: Anatolia, or Asia Minor, is the peninsula that constitutes the Asian portion of Turkey. It was at this crossroads of early civilization that sheep and goat herders developed a livestock guardian known as the “coban kopegi,” forerunner of today’s Anatolian Shepherd. Livestock-guardian breeds like the Anatolian—and such relative latecomers as the Great Pyrenees, Komondor, and Kuvasz—are patient, watchful, highly protective, independent, and brave. These majestic breeds are also big enough to back their courage with muscle when meeting a threat.
Pups and grown dogs love to chew. They have strong jaws and you must be sure to only give them appropriate items to chew. Anatolian Shepherd Dogs may be affected by bloat, a digestive disorder of the stomach.
Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:
- Hip Evaluation
- Elbow Evaluation
- Breed Club