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Origin:

The Anatolian Shepherd is native to Asia Minor. Historically, the Anatolian Shepherd was used as a fighting dog in war and also as a hunting dog. Nowadays it is still used as a sheep dog as well as a guard dog.

 

Size:

Height: Dogs 28-30 inches (71-76 cm.)

Bitches 26-28 inches (66-71 cm.)

Weight: Dogs 100-150 pounds (45-68 kg.)

Bitches 90-130 pounds (41-59 kg.)

 

Coat:

Anatolian Shepherd Dogs require little grooming. The coat needs thorough brushing during the shedding season (twice a year).

 

Training:

Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are loyal, intelligent and easy to train, however confident handling is necessary.

 

Temperament:

They will show affection to their own family, but can be wary of strangers. These dogs make good guard dogs. They are also generally good with children but supervision is recommended. These dogs have strong protection instincts. They will generally get along with other animals however they can sometimes show dominant tendencies towards other dogs. It is important to socialize them while they are still young. These dogs are not suitable for apartment living.

 

Exercise:

This breed needs a lot of exercise and long daily walks are recommended.

 

Health:

Anatolian Shepherd Dogs can be prone to eyelid entropion (turning in of the eyelid) or hypothyroidism. Hip dysplasia can also sometimes occur.

 

Life Expectancy:

12-15 Years

 

 

 

 

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