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Anatolian Shepherd Dog
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The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a guardian breed with its origin in Turkey. Quite probably more than 6,000 years old, the breed is impressive in size, serving as the Turkish shepherds frontline defense from predators. Developed to withstand Turkeys harsh climate, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog has evolved to endure the nomadic lifestyle of the shepherds.

Loyalty, independence, and hardiness are the three factors most appreciated by fanciers of the breed. First entering the United States in the 1950's, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a fiercely loyal guard dog not considered a "glamor breed." Faithful to its job, the Anatolian is highly intelligent and responsive to its master. However, its independent nature means it can be slow to respond to commands.

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