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Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Breed Information Anatolian Shepherd Dog

General Description

Powerful dogs with a distinctive black mask. They are fawn, brindle and white.

General Health

A very hardy breed, although they may suffer with fleas and can suffer with allergies.

Hereditary Illnesses

Hip dysplasia.

Character and Temperament

Very intelligent dogs, although can be slow to mature. They have a strong will and temperament. Potentially difficult to train as they were originally bred to use their own initiative, even when trained they can be unpredictable. They have a high aggression level, but will not worry sheep. They are excellent guard dogs because they are naturally very territorial and protective. They do not mix well with children.

Food

Anatolian Shepherd Dogs need plenty of food as puppies.

Exercise

2 hours a day. They have loads of energy.

Grooming

Although their coat is short, they moult quite heavily. They need a good brushing once a week.

Origin

Originally from Turkey, they are now considered the national emblem. They were used for hunting lions and horses, but now guard sheep.

Other_info

Also known as the 'Karabash'.

Stats

Average Litter Size

11

Average Life Expectancy

12


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