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- Anatolian Shepherd -

Description: These dogs were bred to herd and guard. This breed is amicable, brave and demanding of itself. Anatolian Shepherds can be wary of strangers, stubborn, dominant, reasonably independent and very vigilant.

Anatolian Shepherds are still being used in the rural districts of Turkey as the shepherds' best friend and front line of defense for the livestock.

These dogs are not recommended for beginners, but for an owner/handler that exudes strong leadership. It's important to start training before the dog is fully grown and too big and strong to be corrected.

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Height: Female 27 inches, Male 29 inches
Weight: Female 80-120 Ibs, Male 110-150 Ibs

Colors: Has different colour patterns and markings.

Coat: Short (one inch minimum, not tight) to Rough (approximately 4 inches in length) with neck hair slightly longer. Somewhat longer and thicker at the neck and mane. A thick undercoat is common to all. Feathering may occur on the ear fringes, legs, breeching, and tail.

Temperament: Loyal, palert, bold and confident without aggression,

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Special Skills:

Watch-dog: High
Guard-dog: Very High

Care and Training: This breed requires little grooming. The coat needs thorough brushing-out during the twice a year shedding season. You can get away with little attention the rest of the year. The Anatolian Shepherd is a seasonal, heavy shedder.

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Activity: This breed needs a lot of exercise. They do best when they can run free in their own fenced-in yard. In this case they will decide upon their own exercise needs.

Living Environment: The Anatolian Shepherd is not recommended for apartment life. It is relatively inactive indoors and will do best with at least a large yard. This breed is very suspicious of strangers, and it is therefore necessary to provide a secure, fenced yard.

Health Issues: Some are prone to eyelid entropion or to hypothyroidism. Hip dysplasia does occur, but is not as common as some other large breeds. They are sensitive to anesthesia. The Anatolian Shepherd's immunity often takes longer to develop than with many other breeds and therefore young Anatolians should be given extra vaccinations against parvo-virus.

Life Span: About 12-15 years.

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Country of Origin: Turkey

History: The Anatolian Orginates from the ancient land whose general boundaries are now known as Turkey. They may have brought with them the first mastiff strains from the Himalayas, they were used to guard animals such as goats, sheep and cattle.

First REgistered by the AKC: 1996

AKC Group: Flock Guard

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