Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Also Called: Anatolian Karabash or Coban Kopegi

Anatolian Shepherd Dog
Friendliness High
Kid Friendly High
Pet Friendly High
Exercise Needs Significant
Playfulness High
Energy Level High
Trainability Average
Intelligence High
Tendency To Bark Moderate
Amount Of Shedding Medium

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a large breed of dog from Turkey, Anatolia, which is suitable for herding, hunting, and guarding.

Breed Overview

  • Group: Herding Dog
  • Life Span: 10-13 years
  • Height: Medium to Large
  • Weight: Meduim to Large
  • Coat: Short and Double
  • Coat Colors: White,Fawn,Wolf Grey,Red,Brindle,Pinto
  • Litter Size: 6-9
  • Family: Livestock Guardian Dog
  • Hypoallergenic: false
  • Recognition: AKC, UKC, FCI
  • Size: Large

Training and Care

Anatolian Shepherds need an experienced and confident owner who can provide consistent and firm training. Early socialization is very important. Training should combine positive reinforcement and firm but gentle guidance. The Anatolian loves to please and respond very well to praise and treats. An Anatolian should never be trained with physical punishment. As for grooming, the Anatolian only needs occasional brushing.

Diet and Nutrition

Anatolians should be fed a high quality diet with natural ingredients designed for their needs. Adult dogs should be fed 2-3 meals a day and puppies up to 6 months old should have 3-4 meals a day. Anatolians can be prone to bloat, so it's important to feed them in small amounts throughout the day.

Health Problems

Anatolian Shepherds can live a healthy life with proper vet check-ups and proper diet and exercise. However, like all breeds, they can be prone to certain health issues such as hip and elbow dysplasia, eye problems, and occasionally bloat. Therefore, it is important to keep up with an Anatolian's vet check-ups.

Breed History

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog breed originates from the Anatolia region of Turkey. They were originally bred as guard dogs to protect nomadic and Sufi sheep and goat herds from predators, such as wolves, bears, and jackals. Though rare in the United States, the Anatolian Shepherd is very popular in its homeland, as well as throughout Europe.

Where to Buy or Adopt

Anatolians can be purchased from dedicated breeders or adopted from shelters and rescues. The price range for an Anatolian can range from $500 to $2000 USD, depending on pedigree and quality of breeding. Adoption fees from shelters and rescues are typically around $150-400 USD.

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