Anatolian Sheperd Dog Breed Information

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The Anatolian Shepherd Dog has a life expectancy of 11 to 13 years.


The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is an ancient breed, originating in Turkey more than 6,000 years ago. The Anatolian Shepherd Dog was the first line of defense in protecting livestock from predators and was bred to withstand the rough, harsh climate of the region.


The Anatolian Shepherd Dog weighs 80 to 150 pounds and measures 27 to 29 inches.

Grooming Needs

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog has a thick double coat that sheds moderately most of the year and more heavily with the change of seasons in the spring and fall. The Anatolian Shepherd Dog’s coat is naturally clean, only requiring the occasional bath and a good weekly brushing.

Like all dogs, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.  


The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a hard worker and natural protector.


The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a true guardian of people and property. The Anatolian Shepherd Dog exhibits all the typical watchdog characteristics and is alert, fearless, loyal and suspicious. This breed is naturally possessive and protective, and requires a specific type of owner and environment. Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are constantly on patrol and typically need a formal introduction to new people. Their size and deep bark are usually enough to deter any unwanted visitor, but they will defend their family or home when necessary.

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog cares little for strangers, but is deeply devoted to their family. With their family, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog is affectionate, mild and easygoing. Their general demeanor is serious and not particularly playful. Anatolian Shepherd Dogs like children, but given their size and temperament they need to be constantly supervised when around them.  

Training Needs

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is best suited for an experienced dog owner. The Anatolian Shepherd Dog was bred for centuries to be an independent thinker and therefore does not respond readily to commands.

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is intelligent, but stubborn and wants to be the dominant member of the household. This breed requires a confident leader who is both fair and firm. They also need lots of variety as they tend to grow bored easily.

As part of their training, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog should have plenty of early and ongoing socialization. The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is highly wary of new people and can be aggressive toward dogs of the same sex if not well socialized.  

Activity Level

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog has a moderate activity level and just needs a daily walk as well as regular time outside in a secure area to run around. The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is not a highly energetic breed and tends to be laidback and calm, especially in the home.

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