Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Working Group

Anatolian Shepherd dog sitting in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females ~27  in, Males ~29 in

Weight

Females 80-120 lbs, Males 110-150 lbs

Life Expectancy

11-13 yrs

History

The Anatolian Shepherd originated on the peninsula of Anatolia, perhaps 6,000 years ago. It was here that sheep and goat herders developed a dog to protect their livestock from wolves and cheetahs in the scorching summers and frigid winters. These were the ancestors of today's Anatolian Shepherd dog. It is likely that the shepherds' dogs referenced in the early books of the Bible were local variations of the Anatolian Shepherd.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Anatolian Shepherd Dogs will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

★☆☆☆☆

★★☆☆☆

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆☆

★★★★☆

★☆☆

★☆☆

★★

Intelligence

★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★


Energy Level

★☆☆


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆☆


Prey Drive

★☆☆


Shedding

★★

Common Traits

Calm, gentle, and friendly with family

Highly independent and are excellent at solving problems and making decisions without guidance- this also makes them stubborn

Will try to assume alpha role in the house if not taught otherwise

Very protective of the people or animals they grow up with and tend to be suspicious of strangers

Happiest when they have a job to perform