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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.


Anatolian Shepherd Dogs need plenty of food as puppies.


2 hours a day. They have loads of energy.


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


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


Also known as the 'Karabash'.


Average Life Expectancy


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