The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a terrific guard dog with a powerful ability to guard livestock. He’s loyal, independent and hardy, characteristics necessary for owners and breeders. He originally came from Turkey over 6000 years ago. He suits their harsher climate and is an ideal sheepdog, protecting against all predators. He’s the same colours and size as the livestock he guards so that predators don’t notice him until it’s too late. He was brought into the US in the 1950’s.
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is reserved, yet calm around people he doesn’t know, only revealing his loving, true nature to his family. He loves children but needs to be supervised in their presence in case he assumes rough play harmful to the child. He must have regular grooming and exercise. The males weigh 110-150 pounds and stand 29 inches high. The females weigh 80-120 pounds and are 27 inches high.
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