AKC Group: Working
Anatolian Shepherds came to be in Turkey around 5,000 years ago. They were used as nomadic herders that watched and guarded the flocks. They were adapted to be able to handle the harshness of the Turkish terrain.
Size: 25 to 30 inches, 9 to 150 pounds.
Color: Any color.
Life span: Up to 14 years.
Health problems: Hip dysplasia, eye problems, hypothyroidism.
Protective and always alert, Anatolian Shepherds will keep a safe eye over your property. Gentle and playful, they make a great companion for children. However, due to their size, an Anatolian Shepherd is a better choice for families with older children. Extremely intelligent and eager to learn, you’ll have no problem training your Anatolian.
Anatolian Shepherds are large, muscular dogs covered with a short coat that requires little attention (except during shedding season). The large head has a square muzzle, V-shaped ears that hang down and almond-shaped eyes. A thick tail curls slightly at the end.