Anatolian Shepherd Training and Temperament
The breed is affectionate with their own family, but suspicious of strangers, especially in adulthood. The Anatolian Shepherd is of its home and property and will not allow anyone into the family property if the owner is not home.
The Anatolian Shepherd is loyal, alert and possessive. It is intelligent and easy to train but not a dog for beginners. It needs a dominant and confident handler.
As with all dogs, Anatolian Shepherd training should be started as a puppy. To prevent behavioral problems later in life, training should follow a recognized training regime.
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The History Of The Anatolian Shepherd
The Anatolian Shepherd is also known as Karabash. They originated in Turkey in around 1000 BC.
This dog was developed by shepherds to protect their flocks from predatory wolves. This is an ancient breed, depicted in ancient Babylonian sculptures. Over the centuries it has remained relatively unchanged. The strict strain selection for working qualities, type and strength has ensured that the breed is tough and with great stamina. Anatolian Shepherds are still in use to guard the flocks in Turkey today.
In 1970, a club was set up in the US to promote the interests of this breed. This coincided with an increase in the indigenous coyote population in the American West and a desire to use guardian dogs for predator control.
Description Of The Anatolian Shepherd
In height dogs attain 28 - 30 inches high at the shoulder, with bitches somewhat smaller at 26 - 28 inches.
Dogs weigh 100-150 pounds and bitches 90 - 130 pounds.
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a large and powerful guardian of livestock.
Similar to the Great Pyrenees and the Kuvasz, but slimmer and more agile. It is capable of great speed and endurance.
The large head should be in good proportion with the rest of the body. The rectangular muzzle should be shorter than the skull, with a blunt profile that is often black. The head is wide and slightly rounded, with a slight stop. Lips are black edged and hang down slightly. The upper lip should not hang down lower than the bottom jaw's lower edge. Teeth should meet in a scissors bite.
Coat & Grooming
The coat is short and dense with a thick undercoat. Allowed colors are either pure white to fawn or striped brindle with a black mask and ears.
This breed requires little grooming. The coat needs a thorough brushing during the twice a year shedding season. Little attention is necessary during the rest of the year. The Anatolian Shepherd is a seasonal, heavy shedder.
Life Expectancy and Health
The average life span for an Anatolian Shepherd is around 12-15 years.
Reported health problems are: hip dysplasia but is not as common as some large breeds. Sensitivity to anesthesia. Puppies should be given extra vaccinations against parvo-virus.
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Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
Anatolian Shepherds are not suited to apartment life. They are tend to be inactive indoors and will do much better in a large yard. They are very suspicious of strangers and it is necessary to provide a well fenced yard.
They needs a lot of exercise and thrive when they can run freely in their own yard.
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This dog is not recommended as a house pet. Obedience training is highly recommended. This is a big dominant dog and requires an experienced, confident owner.
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