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Anatolian Shepherd Dog

The Anatolian Shepherd is a powerfully built mastiff type with a short, dense coat and a broad heavy head. The coat is designed to protect against extreme weather conditions, and comes in any colour, with or without a distinctive black mask.

10 – 13 years
50 – 64kg for males, and 41 – 59kg for females
74 – 81cm for males, and 71 – 79cm for females
Comes in a variety of colours, and may or may not have a distinctive black mask
Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Giant dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Quiet dog
  • Barks, alerts and may be physically protective/suspicious of visitors
  • Might not like other dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Best suited to countryside
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Anatolian dog breed is generally a very hardy breed, but dogs can suffer from: 
- Hip dysplasia 
- Gastric dilatation volvulus 
- Entropion which is a painful eye condition where the eyelids roll inwards.

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- Hip dysplasia screening


With family members and other people well known to them, the Anatolian Shepherd is loyal and friendly, however this breed retains their working nature, suspicious of strangers and very fast to react to any perceived threat. As a flock guardian breed, the Anatolian is an independent thinker, relied upon to make decisions by themselves rather than at the cue of a shepherd, in the pet home this can mean they are not easy to live with and require a great degree of careful management.

The first pair of Anatolian Shepherds arrived in the UK in 1965 and despite further dogs being brought to the UK since, the breed remains rare in this country. 

Did You Know?

The Anatolian Shepherd dog has never been known by that name in its native Turkey. There they are the Kangal, Karabash (black face) and Akbash (white face), depending on colour and which area of Turkey they are from. Each area of Turkey has its own favourite and the arguments regarding which is best can get heated!