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Perro de pastor de Anatolia

Perro de pastor de Anatolia

Perro de pastor de Anatolia
Breed Organization
Anatolian Shepherd Dog Club of America
Native Country
Other Names
Anatolian Shepherd Dog, Coban Kopegi, Karabas, Anatolian Karabash Dog, Anatolischer Hirtenhund, Chien de berger d'Anatolie
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 coat.

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).

Descended from molossus of Asian origin, the Perro de pastor de Anatolia'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.

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.

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.

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 yard.

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