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Anatolian Shepherd

One of the preeminent guard dogs!

Country of Origin: Turkey

Dog Group: Flock Guard

Origin of Name: The Anatolian is a giant breed who originated as a livestock guardian in Turkey. He is highly protective, and ownership of him should not be entered into lightly. He is suspicious of strangers and aggressive toward unknown dogs. He is not a child’s pet.


A bit High

Monthly keeping cost




Tendency to Bark:

Very Less

Breed Info

Life Span:11 to 13 years

Availability:Easy to get

About Anatolian Shepherd Dog
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a considered a livestock protector or guardian dog. As such, he was developed to live with the flock and adopt it as his own. He is a rugged, self-confident guardian who knows how much protection or intimidation is necessary in any situation.

The Anatolian Shepherd has many good qualities, but he is not the easiest dog to live with. If you want the calm, confident dog that is the Anatolian at his best, be prepared to do your due diligence to find him, and put in plenty of effort training and socializing him once you bring him home.

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is named for his homeland of Anatolia in the central part of Turkey, where he is still a point of pride (and has even been honored on a national postage stamp).
Anatolian Shepherds got their most enthusiastic introduction in the U.S. in the 1970s, although prior to that the Turkish government had given Anatolians to the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a gift, for experimental work as guardians of flocks.

But in 1970, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog Club of America was formed at the urging of Robert Ballard, a U.S. naval officer who had become fascinated by the dogs while in Turkey, and who began to breed them once back in California. The breed entered the American Kennel Club Miscellaneous Class in 1996. It moved to the Working Group in August 1998.


Visits to Groomer-Low



Tolerance to heat-Get a heatstroke

Tolerance to cold-Loves snow

Exercise Requirement-Little

Hair & Coat

Under Coat-Yes

Colour- Tan, White, Light Brown, Sable

Coat Type-Short

Hair Length-Flowing

Hair Density-Dense


Anatolian Shepherds are generally healthy, but like all breeds, they're prone to certain health conditions. Not all Anatolian Shepherds will get any or all of these diseases, but it's important to be aware of them if you're considering this breed.

Hip Dysplasia

Elbow Dysplasia

Demodectic Mange




The Anatolian Shepherd is very loyal and is commonly used as a guardian dog. Highly intelligent and easy to train, these dogs are very quick at picking up new skills and are generally not a suitable fit for beginners. These dogs need an owner who is a natural leader and can control and guide the dog to appropriate behaviors as needed. These dogs are naturally calm, brave, watchful, independent, and self-assured; they are not aggressive, but can be suspicious of strangers. They are often very affectionate with their own family, but strangers will need to be introduced to them formally in order to be accepted.

Training & Intelligence
Anatolian Shepherd dogs have natural instincts to learn how to guard and protect their territory, and rarely need formal obedience training to learn these skills. These dogs are adaptive and learn very quickly, and they will take direction from you with minimal reprimanding. They need to have plenty of space to move around, and giving them access to a kennel will help them to distinguish their boundaries.


Litter Size-5 to 10 puppies (approximately)

Complication in Breeding- yes

They are healthy and sturdy breed .If you are going to mate and breed your Bullmastiff, make sure that you understand thoroughly the medical histories of his / her mating partner and also the medical history of the Anatolian Shepherd so make sure that they are not suffering from any serious genetic disorder that may be deterrent to the overall growth of the new puppies.

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