Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Ease of Training
Guard Dog


  • 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!).

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