Large, rugged and powerful, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a working guard dog, possessing a superior ability to protect livestock. While not a "glamour" breed, the Anatolian's loyalty, independence and hardiness is cherished by breeders and owners. The breed's coat can be short (one inch) or rough (approximately four inches), with all color patterns and markings, including fawn and brindle, equally acceptable.
A large, securely fenced area is essential for Anatolians to exercise in since they are territorial and will expand and protect their territory if the boundaries are not clear to them. The Anatolian Shepherd requires lots of early socialization from an owner who can be a strong, positive leader who consistently requires civilized behavior. Training an Anatolian puppy can be very different from other breeds. Their natural independence can cause them to be slower to respond to commands. Early socialization is extremely important with introductions to as many new experiences as possible. This will help produce a secure and confident adult. It must also be noted that socialization will not hinder your dog’s natural working ability. A good puppy kindergarten class is a must. Discipline must be firm, fair, consistent, and immediate. Remember this puppy cannot be allowed to hurt livestock in any way and it is the same with humans. It is up to you to be firm and consistent with him. No puppy should ever put his teeth on a human or livestock for any reason or be allowed to engage in rough games such as wrestling. His up bringing must be loving but firm and care must be taken never to punish an Anatolian unjustly. Contact your breeder if you have any problems.
Did You Know?
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are sensitive to anesthesia
Though protective, the Anatolian Shepherd is calm, friendly, and affectionate with his immediate family.
Anatolian Shepherds are also known as Goban Kopegi or Anatolian Karabash Dogs.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
|Description||Desc.||Standard Colors||Std. Colors||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Biscuit & White||376|
|Description||Desc.||Standard Markings||Std. Markings||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Pinto, Black Mask||079|