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Older Children


Ease Of Training

Novice Owners

Breed Popularity

Breed Health




Other Dogs

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 Younger Children


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Cats Or Small Pets

How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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Anatolian Shepherd Temperament, Personality And Dog Breed Guide.

Anatolian Shepherd

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The Anatolian Shepherd Temperament Is Strong-Willed, Proud, Confident And Bold

Anatolian Shepherd Temperament

At heart this is a working breed who takes his duties seriously  and if he doesn't have a flock of goats to look after he will look after you instead.

Devoted to his family, the Anatolian’s modus operandi is to warn off danger with a deep loud bark and a threatening appearance. The Anatolian Shepherd's temperament is strong willed and independent minded, they can be stubborn and being a guardian breed are naturally suspicious of strangers.

This is a breed that demands socialization to begin as early in puppy hood as possible and will benefit greatly from an experienced trainer with good leadership skills.

Grooming: Low maintenance a weekly  brushing is ample ,shedding is seasonal but heavy

Children: Whilst The Anatolian loves children who belong to his own family pack they may see other children as a threat or misread parental correction and rough play as a threat . You might like to consider some other great dog breeds that are good with children

Big anatolian shepherd with manProtection level: These shepherd dogs have a very protective personality, naturally suspicious of strangers and always on duty and may attack other dogs or even people who intrude onto his territory, so once again good socialisation and proper training is vital.

Health: Reasonably healthy but hip dysplasia, cancer , ear infections can be problems. Finding  a reputable breeder, sourcing puppies with a good lineage, never going to a backyard breeder and ensuring that you understand why pet insurance is so important will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

Training: The Anatolian Shepherd’s temperament is stubborn and dominant by nature, a trainer needs to be strong willed, confident and consistent in order to limit some of the dogs more protective instincts.

This is not a breed for inexperienced owners

Anatolian Shepherd information and  Breed notes

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 anatolian shepherd puppyExercise: This is a very big dog so apartment living is just not suitable, even though he doesn't need a lot of exercise he will need plenty of room to run around - this is not a dog for games of fetch , he wants something serious to do like cart pulling.

Possible problems: May be aggressive towards other dogs needs to be well socialized, may display dominance aggression with gentle ownersFind out more about what it means to own an extra large dog breed.

Ideal Anatolian Shepherd owner's are experienced, strong-willed and physically strong with a secure backyard who is willing to give this powerful dog a job to do. As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club .

Group: Working

Size: Extra Large

Recognised By The American Kennel Club and others

Avg Height: 28-32”  

Avg Weight: 90-150lbs

Life span: 10-11 yrs

 Coat Type:short dense with a thick undercoat.

Colouration: cream to fawn

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 The Anatolian Shepherd or “Koban Copek” is an ancient guardian breed originating in modern day Turkey,  descended it is believed from Roman mastiff like war dogs that were introduced to the region more than 2000 years ago. They soon proved invaluable as doughty defenders of livestock against formidable predators such as wolves and bears.

The breed travelled widely throughout the region, accompanied by nomadic shepherds, and this accounts for their great variations in appearance. The first of this breed didn’t arrive in America until the 1950’s, it wasnt until 1996 however  that the breed was accepted into the AKC Miscellaneous Class before joining the Working Class. sometime later.

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