The Anatolian Shepherd dog breed is a very unique and interesting Shepherd breed. Their history started in the western region of Turkey called Anatolia. They are actually one of the oldest dog breeds! They were raised throughout ancient times as a form of guard dog. Their services were used to protect livestock and other animals that were defenseless on the farms. This makes them a protective breed when especially with their owners.
Is the Anatolian Shepherd for you?
The Anatolian Shepherd dog breed is very friendly with people that he knows. This makes them an extremely loyal and faithful dog breed. Much of this comes down to the past of the Anatolian Shepherd as guard dogs on these Turkish farms. These guard dog instincts can lead to some issues that need to be dealt with by you the owner.
Anatolian Shepherds can be somewhat aggressive around people or animals that they don’t know. If you do a good job socializing your dog at an early age this should eliminate this issue. This may include taking your dog to the dog park, taking them to training sessions where they can meet other dogs or small animals, etc.
When we talk about how much they shed, we would consider it to be moderate to high levels. If you really want to avoid hair in your house or don’t want to have to regularly groom your dog you need to take this into account. Lastly, one major thing about the Anatolian Shepherd is that they do have a lot of energy.
Since this is the case it is vital that you provide your Anatolian Shepherd with enough exercise to keep them healthy. Some greats ways to provide your Anatolian Shepherd active is taking them for long walks, taking them to the dog park, or a large fenced in area where your dog can spread his legs.
They can be somewhat stubborn when you are trying to train them. Intelligence is definitely a quality of the Anatolian Shepherd but so is selective hearing. Training them early in their lives is one of the best ways to help keep them obedient.
Based on these characteristics, we give the Anatolian Shepherd a rating of 7.5 out of 10 on our Athenas Pets Household Pet Ranker
The Athenas Pets Household Pet Ranker takes into account several characteristics of each breed. Items considered are:
- Willingness to be Trained
- How Comfortable they are around People
- Ability to live in a Household Environment.
As with most Shepherds the Anatolian Shepherd is quite large. They are one of the larger dog breeds that you will find. This goes for their height and their weight. Typically, their height will fall anywhere in between the range of 28 and 32 inches. This is when the breed is measured at the shoulder when standing on all fours.
In addition, the Anatolian Shepherd is quite heavy and has a pretty sizable weight range. You will find Anatolian Shepherd’s that weigh somewhere in between 85 and 140 pounds. Your Anatolian Shepherd will most likely fall somewhere between this range when they are at full size. Much of this will depend on the gender of your dog, diet, and the amount of exercise they receive.
If you can properly train your Anatolian Shepherd they are an extremely loyal companion. Spending a lot of time with them and providing lots of positive reinforcement will go a long way in the success you have with your dog. Providing them with the proper amounts of exercise is also a crucial factor in keeping this breed happy. All of those years as guard dogs has them always wanting some action in their lives. Providing them with this can create tons of really fun and memorable moments.