Anatolian Shepherd Dog Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Coban Kopegi, Karabash Dog, Kara bas, Kangal Dog
  • Size:Giant
  • Ease of Training:Low
  • Grooming:Low
  • Shedding:High (seasonal)
  • Exercise Needed:A walk and a hard run daily
  • Energy Level:Low/Medium
  • Protection:High
  • Good with Children:Yes, with older considerate children
  • Health Clearances:OFA (hips and elbows)
  • Weight:Male: 110-150, Female: 80-120 lbs
  • Height:Male: 29, Female 27 inches
  • Coat Colour:any, most common is fawn with black mask

Anatolian Shepherd Dog Coat

The Anatolian Shepherd has two basic coat types: short and rough. The short coat is approximately one inch in length; the rough coat is approximately four inches in length. The neck hair is longer and thicker than the hair on the body. This is a double coat breed that has a thick undercoat. The colour of the coat is typically fawn with the mask being black. However, other frequently seen colours are brindle, pinto, or white. The Anatolian Shepherd is a seasonal heavy shedder.

Anatolian Shepherd Dog Character

The Anatolian Shepherd is large and bold. This breed possesses great endurance and is extremely agile. They are confident, reliable, proud, and hard-working. A majestic and noble breed, the Anatolian Shepherds versatility enables them to fulfil such duties as companion, guardian, and show dog.

Anatolian Shepherd Dog Temperament

A loyal, deeply devoted, and intelligent breed, the Anatolian Shepherd is calm, affectionate, and brave. They are possessive and protective of their family, home, and territory. Due to their large size they are not recommended for homes with small children. They will generally get along with dogs and other household pets they have been raised with. They are wary and suspicious of strangers. This breed has a tendency to bark loudly for extended periods of time and is prone to digging. The Anatolian Shepherd may be stubborn and dominant. They are not recommended for the sedentary, apathetic, or novice dog owner.

Anatolian Shepherd Dog Care

The Anatolian Shepherd requires brushing once a week with special attention given to the coat during the heavy seasonal shedding. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary. This breed is highly susceptible to fleas, ticks, and fly bites. They may also be prone to hip dysplasia, eyelid entropion, sensitivity to anaesthesia, and hypothyroidism.

Anatolian Shepherd Dog Activity

The Anatolian Shepherd needs an inordinate amount of exercise and thrives on being given a job to do. This breed is not recommended for apartment, condominium, or city dwelling. They do best in a rural farm setting where they can romp and roam; or in a home with a large securely fenced yard.

Anatolian Shepherd Dog Health and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog is around 12-15 years. A number of health problems and issues are linked with this breed, and this includes thyroid problems, entropion, and sensitivity to chemicals and medications. Parents of the puppy should have OFA certification for hips and elbows.