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Anatolian Shepherd: Breed Personality, Fitness & Care (Karabas, Coban Kopegi)

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About Anatolian Shepherd

Country of Origin, History of Anatolian Shepherds

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog was developed over 6,000 years ago in what is today Turkey to withstand the harsh climate and the nomadic lifestyle of Turkish shepherds. With their impressive size, the serve as the shepherd’s frontline of defense against predators. Loyalty, independence, and hardiness set it apart from other breeds. Although it is extremely intelligent, it is often slow to respond to commands because of its attitude.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a fairly large livestock guardian. He is more slender and agile than the Great Pyrenees, capable of both speed and endurance. His large head is in proportion with his body. The Anatolian Shepherd has a square muzzle. His triangular, pendant ears are usually black and rather small with rounded tips. In Turkey, the ears are often cropped very short. Nose and eye rims are normally black or brown no matter what color the dog’s coat or eyes are.

The Anatolian Shepherd’s upper lip hangs down to about the bottom jaw’s lower edge. His thick and muscular neck has a slight dewlap and his chest reaches to his elbows. He has a short back relative to his leg length. The Anatolian’s legs are set fairly far apart. His high-set tail hangs low with a slight upward curl or curls over the back.

Coat Color

The most frequent coat color is fawn with a black mask. However, many coat colors (white, liver, pinto, and brindle are common) are seen and are acceptable.

Coat Type

The coat is short to rough (one to four inches in length) with neck hair slightly longer. The length of the coat depends on the dog’s lineage and the season of the year. There is somewhat of a mane. The Anatolian Shepherd has a thick undercoat. There is feathering on the ears, legs and tail.


Males: 28 – 30 inches
Females: 26 – 28 inches


Males: 100-150 lbs
Females: 90 – 130 lbs

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Anatolian Shepherd Personality Traits

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Temperament of the Dog

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is affectionate with his own family but suspicious of strangers who must be formally introduced to the dog so that he will accept them.
He is very, very loyal and possessive of his home and family (as if they were his sheep). He tends to bark at night to warn predators away unless he is inside. He can be a very fierce fighter if he needs to be.

Full socialization as a puppy is a must; obedience training is an absolute necessity. It is recommended you do not add any guard training to this dog since he is naturally a fierce protector. Early and consistent dominant leadership is necessary with an Anatolian Shepherd.

The Anatolian Shepherd is not a dog for beginners as he is stubborn and dominant and must be trained firmly and consistently starting at a very early age. He needs a good and strong trainer.

Anatolian Shepherd Dogs need a large, secure yard, including a 5-6 foot fence and locked gate. They are very suspicious of strangers. Anatolians bark at night if left outside. Many of them are diggers.

Better suited to an indoor or outdoor lifestyle?

He likes to guard his territory and family, so being outside is fine with him. He tends to bark at night, so he needs to be put inside unless he is actually guarding livestock.

Are they suited to homes with kids?

Sensitive to corrections and eager to receive affection, Anatolians are patient and protective with children of the family, but may accidentally knock them down. Children should always be supervised and properly introduced.

Anatolian Shepherd Activity Level

How Active is the Breed?

The Anatolian Shepherd is a very active breed.

How Much Exercise Does the Dog Need at every stage of its Life?

Anatolian Shepherds are not recommended for apartment living. They need a large, secure yard for running. They need a lot of exercise throughout life and feel safest getting their exercise in their own fenced yard.


They do not need much grooming, but do shed their entire coat twice a year.

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Health and Care

He is a light eater and needs a low protein lamb and rice diet.

Genetic Problems

The genetic issues are dependent upon the lineage of the dog, so ask questions of the breeder. Some are prone to eyelid entropion, hypothyroidism, or hip dysplasia.
Anatolians are very sensitive to anesthesia.

Immunity in Anatolians is slow to develop, so extra vaccinations against things like parvovirus are often necessary. Have the immunity tested after the recommended vaccinations to assess the need for more.

Litter Size: 5-10 puppies

Life Span: The life span of the Anatolian Shepherd is 12 – 15 years.

National Breed Clubs

National Breed Clubs

British - Anatolian Shepherd Dog Club of Great Britain
US – Anatolian Shepherd Dog Club of America
Anatolian Shepherd International

Other Recognition: CI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, NKC, SKC, NZKC, CKC, APRI, ACR

Currently, there are over 3000 Anatolian Shepherds registered in the United States. Anatolians can be registered with the Anatolian Shepherd Dog Club of America and Anatolian Shepherd International.

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Group: Working Group

AKC Popularity Ranking: 111

Also Known As: Karabas, Coban Kopegi

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