ANATOLIAN SHEPHERD DOG BREED
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a breed of dog which originated in Anatolia (modern Turkey) 6000 years ago. Though its exact origins are unknown, experts believe it to be a mix of Mastiff and a Sighthound. This dog was originally designed to be a protector and livestock guard. The Anatolian Shepherd is best known for its ability to make decisions independently and to withstand harsh climatic conditions. Anatolian Shepherd Dog became a national emblem of Turkey.
Height: 27-29 inches Weight: 80-150 pounds Lifespan: 10-13 years
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is one of the world`s largest, most imposing dog. This breed is bold, very lively, clever and hardy. It sure is a sturdy, hardworking and proud animal with magnificence and nobility.
Deeply devoted and highly intelligent, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog is calm, affectionate and brave. It jealously guards the peace of its family, the house and grounds. Due to the very large size of this breed, it is not recommended to leave them alone in the house with small children. Although they are quite friendly to dogs and other domestic animals, they remain wary and suspicious of strangers and tend to bark very loudly. This dog breeds are a stubborn animal that will try to occupy a dominant position, so for this reason, it is not suited for inexperienced or apathetic people, and people who lead a sedentary lifestyle.
Coat / Care:
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog has a thick, double coat. The coat is longer around the collar and the tail. The color is usually light brown with a black mask. There are other colors such as brown striped, speckled or white. Shedding is seasonal and quite intense. Generally, Anatolian Shepherds are easy to groom but need special attention when shedding. Bathe your pet only if it is really necessary.
The Anatolian Shepherd dog has big breed health problems, including hip dysplasia, bloat (accumulation of gas in the stomach). It also can exhibit dermatologic and musculoskeletal issues. The Anatolian Shepherd has a life expectancy of 10 to 13 years.
Anatolian Shepherds require early socialization and obedience training. They do not respond to harsh or oppressive methods of education. The education must be based on firmness, fairness, patience, consistency and, of course, respect and love. The Anatolian Shepherd Dog requires a dominant owner since it might choose not to obey.
The Anatolian Shepherd needs a significant physical and mental exertion. These dogs were designed for farm work in rural areas, where they have plenty of room to move, therefore, the Anatolian Shepherd is absolutely not suitable for the maintenance in a city apartment or urban townhouse.