Originating in Turkey, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog was originally bred to assist shepherds in guarding their livestock. Rather interestingly, these dogs were bred to specifically resemble the livestock that they were entrusted with guarding, meaning predators were often caught unaware. Muscular and powerful, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs can weigh up to a whopping 65kg. Commonly appearing in a white, creamy colour, these dogs are distinctive through their thick build, and broad heads. Self-assured and largely independent, whilst making great companions these dogs are not for everyone. They are not particularly attention seeking nor very affectionate, however will always be protective of their family.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Due to the sheer size and power of these dogs, they are not suitable for homes with young children. These dogs love the outdoors and require a lot of exercise per day, best provided in an environment where they can freely run or swim. As such, unless you have a large backyard, you should not consider this breed. Their temperament is such that if their exercise needs are not met they may become extremely difficult to deal with, boredom often causing these dogs to become destructive. Early socialisation is key for Anatolian Shepherd Dogs - they can coexist well with other pets, however may become aggressive towards other dogs if not socialised properly at a young age. Impressive diggers, ensure your house and yard are securely dog-proofed before adopting a dog of this breed, as they can be cunning escape artists at times.
Common Health Issues
Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Demodectic Mange, Hypothyroidism, Entropion.