Breed Organization Anatolian Shepherd Dog Club of America Website: http://www.asdca.org Native Country Turkey Other Names Anatolian Karabash Dog, Coban Kopegi, Karabas, Perro de pastor de Anatolia, Anatolischer Hirtenhund, Chien de berger d'Anatolie, Anatolian Shepherd Dog Life Expectancy Approximately 12-15 Years Litter Size Average 5-10 Puppies Breed Group Flock Guard
Breed Appearance The Anatolian is a muscular breed. They have
thick necks, broad heads, and sturdy bodies. Their lips are tight to
their muzzle and they have triangular drop ears. Males stand 26 - 31
inches. Females are between 27 to 30 inches. They weigh between 90
and 150 pounds (41 to 68 kg), with females on the smaller side and
males on the larger side. The coat may be any color, although most
common are white cream, "sesame," and white with large colored spots
that do not cover more than 30% of the body. Known as piebald, these
colors may or may not be accompanied by a black mask and/or ears.
They have very thick hair on their neck to protect their throat.
They are seen with docked as well as intact tails. They are a
naturally thin animal with a large rib cage and small stomach. They
look as if they are heavier than they actually are, due to the thick
Breed Description Head: Strong and broad. Slightly domed
skull. Slight stop. Muzzle is slightly shorter than the skull. Black
lips. Ears: Medium size, drop, triangular with rounded tips. Eyes: Small. Golden to brown color depending on coat color. Body: Powerful. Thick, muscular neck. Deep chest. Belly well
tucked up. Chest well-down. Ribs well sprung. Tail: Long, carried low and slightly curled. Hair: Thick, short or moderately long. Thick undercoat.
Longer on the neck, shoulders, and thighs. Coat: All colors permissible. Preferred colors are tawny and
fawn with black mask and ears. Size: Dog: 74 to 81 cm. (29-32 in).Bitch: 71 to 79 cm. (28-31
in). Weight: Dog: 50 to 65 kg. (110.5-144.5 lb).Bitch: 40 to 55
kg. (88-121.5 lb).
History Descended from molossus of Asian origin, the
Coban Kopegi's roots can be traced to the high plateaus
and mountains of Turkey. This breed was used to guard sheep and
protect them from predators, such as wolves. The Anatolian Karabash
Dog is also used as a hunting dog and army dog.
Behavior His habit of living and working outdoors in all
weather conditions and his rugged past make this a sturdy, hardy
breed. The Anatolian Shepherd Dog has a strong personality and is
often stubborn and requires an owner with an alpha personality.
While he is loyal and gentle with his owner and children, this dog
is very distrustful of strangers, making him a superb guard dog.
Health Prone to hypothyroidism or to eyelid entropion.
Hip dysplasia does occur, but is not as common as in some other
large breeds. They are sensitive to anesthesia. The Anatolian
Shepherd's immunity often takes longer to develop than with many
other breeds and therefore you should talk to your vet about giving
young Anatolians extra vaccinations against Parvo-virus.
Advice The thick double coat that is somewhat wiry,
and needs to be brushed 1-2 times a week in warm weather due to
excessive shedding. Anatolian Shepherds are not recommended for
apartment life. They are relatively inactive indoors and will do
best with at least a large yard. This breed is very suspicious of
strangers, and it is therefore necessary to provide a secure, fenced