Anatolian Shepherd

Anatolian Shepherd Dog Facts

Exercise Requirement:
Medium - high
Affection Level:
Very protective and a good watchdog
Grooming Maintenance:
Temperature Preference:
Cool - temperate
Typical Lifespan:
10-13 years

About the Anatolian Shepherd

The Anatolian Shepherd is a strong, tough dog that is powerfully built with a high endurance. It has a powerful gait that is smooth and fluid. It was bred in Turkey a long time ago in order to act as a protector and herder of sheep flocks, a job that is apparent in its rugged and durable build.

It is usually cream coloured and uniform in colour, although it may have dark patches around the face and head. Its coat is quite short, but longer around the head and neck. It has a curved tail which may be raised up and arched over the back at times. It has triangular drop ears and a thick head.

Having been bred to look after flocks, the Anatolian Shepherd is independent, sometimes stubborn, and forceful. Its intelligence made it useful to the shepherds who bred it as it could be trusted to look after flocks on its own. It also likes to travel, which can be a bit of an issue for owners with small living areas and who can't get out to walk it enough.

Its temperament can make it a grouchy animal unless socialised fully and often. However, it is a serious dog that is devoted its protection duty. A serious watchdog, it can often bark when it is mistrustful of something in the environment, and act as a loyal and devoted guardian of the family.

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