Originally from Turkey and some of the oldest known domesticated canine companions, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs were bred to guard livestock and provide companionship to shepherds. Also called Kangals or Anatolian Karabash Dogs, these are hardworking, independent, and fiercely loyal pets that are muscular and nimble footed and can grow to quite a large size.
If you’re interested in this breed, here is some important information about Anatolian Shepherd Dogs that will help you decide if this breed is right for your family and lifestyle.
In terms of size, the average Anatolian Shepherd Dog stands 27-29 inches tall and weighs 80-150 pounds. Due to their size, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs may not be the best choice for families with young children, because a small child could easily be knocked over by this dog during play. Also, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs have a tendency to “flock” or “herd” young kids and chase other pets and animals if they’re not properly trained and socialized.
This is not the ideal breed for first-time pet owners because Anatolian Shepherd Dogs can be quite stubborn and require firm and consistent training from a person with some experience in handling large dogs. They have a moderately high barking tendency. Also, prospective owners should know that you need to keep your Anatolian Shepherd Dog mentally stimulated and give her or him regular physical exercise to burn energy in a positive way.
Personality wise, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are reserved and independent. This is not the most affectionate breed with owners and can be downright suspicious of strangers. However, Anatolian Shepherd Dog are very protective and make excellent guard dogs.
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs have a short smooth coat that sheds throughout the year. The coat needs a brushing a couple of times a week to stay healthy. Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are not big droolers.
Want a loyal friend and guardian? Looking for a dog that is independent and no-frills? The Anatolian Shepherd Dog might just fit the bill. Talk to responsible breeders of Anatolian Shepherd Dogs today and find out if this is the right breed for you. Check out listings on Puppy Hero.