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Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are a joy to see in action, taking long, supple steps that give the impression of great power, like a big cat stalking its prey.

About the Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Originally, these big, powerful dogs were used to guard sheep in Anatolia. They are hard-working dogs that are able to handle extreme climatic conditions, from high summer to freezing temperatures in winter.

These big, sturdily built dogs are resilient and speedy, well-behaved and bold without being aggressive. Faithful and affectionate to their owners throughout their life, as an adult they are distrustful of strangers.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Country
Turkey
Group
FCI Group 2, AKC Working Group
Size category
Very large
Avg life expectancy
10–13 years

Loving / Assertive / Alert / Confident / Calm / Friendly / Independent / Intelligent / Loyal / Obedient / Sociable / Resilient

Key facts

  • Requires outdoor space
  • Makes a great guard dog
  • Requires moderate grooming

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