Anatolian Shepherd

Breed Group: Working
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Overview
Originating over 6,000 years ago in Turkey, the Anatolian Shepherd were bred to be used as a guardian of both property and livestock. This breed was noted for being able to make independent decisions as well as for their ability to withstand harsh climates, which was necessary for their nomadic way of life. This ancient breed is regarded as the national emblem of Turkey.

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Character
The Anatolian Shepherd is large and bold. This breed possesses great endurance and is extremely agile. They are confident, reliable, proud, and hard-working. A majestic and noble breed, the Anatolian Shepherds versatility enables them to fulfill such duties as companion, guardian, and show dog.

Does your Anatolian Shepherd bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Temperament
A loyal, deeply devoted, and intelligent breed, the Anatolian Shepherd is calm, affectionate, and brave. They are possessive and protective of their family, home, and territory. Due to their large size they are not recommended for homes with small children. They will generally get along with dogs and other household pets they have been raised with. They are wary and suspicious of strangers. This breed has a tendency to bark loudly for extended periods of time and is prone to digging. The Anatolian Shepherd may be stubborn and dominant. They are not recommended for the sedentary, apathetic, or novice dog owner.
Care
The Anatolian Shepherd requires brushing once a week with special attention given to the coat during the heavy seasonal shedding. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary. This breed is highly susceptible to fleas, ticks, and fly bites. They may also be prone to hip dysplasia, eyelid entropion, sensitivity to anesthesia, and hypothyroidism.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
Coat
The Anatolian Shepherd has two basic coat types: short and rough. The short coat is approximately one inch in length; the rough coat is approximately four inches in length. The neck hair is longer and thicker than the hair on the body. This is a double coat breed that has a thick undercoat. The color of the coat is typically fawn with the mask being black. However, other frequently seen colors are brindle, pinto, or white. The Anatolian Shepherd is a seasonal heavy shedder.
Training
This breed must have early socialization and basic obedience training. They will not respond to harshness or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with respect, firmness, fairness, patience, consistency, and love. The Anatolian Shepherd requires a dominant owner. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Anatolian Shepherd puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Activity
The Anatolian Shepherd needs an inordinate amount of exercise and thrives on being given a job to do. This breed is not recommended for apartment, condominium, or city dwelling. They do best in a rural farm setting where they can romp and roam; or in a home with a large securely fenced yard. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
Male: 110-150; Female: 80-120 lbs
Height
Male: 29; Female 27 inches
Color(s)
any, most common is fawn with black mask

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Anatolian Shepherd Questions

Is the Anatolian Shepherd the kind of dog that Butch was in the movie cats vs dogs?

Answer:
Yes, the dog that played Butch in the Cats vs Dogs movie was an Anatolian Shepherd.

How often does an Anatolian go through their heat cycle? Our female only seems to come in once a year.

Answer:
Large and giant breed dogs such as the Anatolian Shepherd come into their heat cycle anywhere from once every 6 months to once a year. It depends on the dog and their genetic's. I had a female Anatolian that went through a heat cycle once every 11 months; so it was basically once a year. It is normal for this breed.

How much should a 12 week old Anatolian Shepherd puppy weigh?

Answer:
Every puppy will be different depending on the weight of the parents. If you are concerned by the weight of your pup, it is best to take him/her to a vet for consultation. A drastic weight change at this age can be very bad for the puppy's continual growth.

How old are they generally when they first cycle?

Answer:
Giant breed dogs can be anywhere from 8 months to a year and a half old before they have their first heat. One of my girl's didn't have her first heat until she was 1 year and 7 months old. If by 2 years old the dog has not had her first heat yet, then it is time to contact your vet with concerns.

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