Anatolian Shepherd Dog

anatolian shepherd dog

A giant, powerfully built Mastiff-type dog, the male Karabash dog breed is 74-81cm tall when fully grown and the female is 71-79cm. Adult dogs weigh 50-64kg and females 41-59kg. The short, dense coat can be any colour, with or without a distinctive black mask and ears, and is often fawn or dark fawn sometimes with white.

anatolian shepherd dog
  • Category size: Giant
  • Grooming requirements: More than once a week
anatolian shepherd dog
  • Shedding: Heavy
  • Allergies: No
  • Noise: Usually quiet
  • Dog Group Kennel Club: Pastoral
anatolian shepherd dog
  • Alone: Less than 1 hour
  • Other pets: Medium
  • Stability as a guard: High

Origin

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog, also known as the Karabash, is an ancient breed descended from the Mastiff and flock-guarding dogs of the Middle East. Tall, athletic and powerful, they protected their wards against such fierce predators as bears and wolves. Now they are used for guarding flocks of sheep and goats in Turkey, where they are regarded as a national emblem and are called 'Coban Kopegi' (translated as 'Shepherd's Dog').

Personality

This breed's working history is still present today – he is naturally territorial, independent and highly intelligent. Because of the strong guarding instinct, early and ongoing socialisation and patient training is essential. Do ensure your garden is escape-proof with high possible double, fencing. Be sure to keep him occupied, as he may become destructive or problematic if bored.

Health

The Anatolian dog breed is generally a very hardy breed, but as with many breeds they can occasionally suffer from hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important.

Exercise

For his size, he doesn't need vast amounts of exercise; two one-hour walks a day should keep him happy. He enjoys walking – his working ancestors would have roamed many, many miles with nomadic shepherds.

Nutrition

Giant-breed dogs, as well as having giant appetites, benefit from a different balance of minerals and vitamins, supporting different joint and cartilage needs. The Anatolian Shepherd dog breed is prone to bloating and stomach problems; try feeding smaller, more frequent meals to help minimise the risk.

Grooming

The cost offered protection to the Turkish flock guards in the coldest of winters and hottest of summers. Short and dense with a thick undercoat, it needs a brush through one or two times a week and will shed heavily during the moulting seasons.

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Adoption

It is incredibly fulfilling to adopt a dog from an animal shelter or rescue organization. It often means offering them a second chance in life. There are many dogs waiting for a loving family, a forever home. Reputable centers will be very careful about matching the right people with the right dogs. Staff learns all they can about the dogs they take in, and will spend time getting to know you, your family and your lifestyle, before they match you with any of their dogs. They’ll also be happy to give you advice and answer any questions you might have before and after the adoption.

Finding a good breeder

If your heart is set on a pedigree puppy, then your best bet is to find a reputable breeder. Contact The Kennel Club or a breed-club secretary who may have a list of litters available, or should be able to put you in contact with breeders in your area. Try to choose a breeder who is part of the Kennel Club’s assured breeder scheme.Visit dog shows to meet breeders in person and inquire about availability of pups of your chosen breed.

Welcoming your dog home

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