Anatolian Shepherd Dog
|Ease of Training|
- He originated in Turkey probably 6000 years ago
- His job was to protect the flocks of Turkish shepherds from predators such as bears and wolves
Personality and Behavior
- He's protective and loyal to his family
- He'll protect other animals in the home like they're his "flock"
- He's intelligent, alert and observant
- His independent nature means he can be slow to respond to your commands or may choose to ignore you altogether
- A giant of a dog: he's very powerful, sturdy, swift on his feet and has lots of endurance
- He's highly territorial and a natural guard dog
- He's reserved around strangers
- He can endure extreme hot and cold weather
- He likes to wander outside and do his own thing; when bored he may become destructive
- He's not easy to train. You will need patience as he is slower than most to learn obedience commands.
- He sheds profusely! You will find a lot of hair in your home - stuck to your couch, carpets and clothes - and to just about everything else. You will be vacuuming regularly.
Grooming / Maintenance
- His short coat only needs to be brushed occasionally. However, because it sheds profusely you may find yourself brushing it a couple of times a week, or even daily, to reduce the hair in your home (what you remove with a brush doesn't end up on the couch!).