Anatolian Shepherd Dog Breed Profile


The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a very independent breed of dog. They have a tendency to be very stubborn and forceful, with a mind of their own. You can train them all you want, but his breed of dog may still choose on its own whether or not to obey.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of dog is very suspicious of strangers, but is generally tolerant and good with children. This breed of dog needs lots of socialization at an early age to prevent any unwanted behavior.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan for this breed of dog is around 12 to 15 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 100 to 150 lbs, so its not for the weak, frail, or novice owner.

Common Diseases

As lovingly stubborn as this breed of dog is, its not without its share of health problems. Fortunately they are relatively few. Some of the most common diseases associated with Anatolian Shepherd Dog include but are not limited to dermatological, musculoskeletal, lipomas, entropion, and canine hip dysplasia.

Housebreaking and Shedding Factor

Amazingly, very little grooming is needed for this particular breed. Usually twice a year is when shedding is at its heaviest, usually during the warm summer months. Brush often during the shedding time of year. Housebreaking is difficult if not impossible with this breed of dog because of its stubborn independent personality.

Best Owner Compatibility

This breed of dog is not suited for the apartment or condo dweller. Nor is this breed of dog suited for the frequent traveler either, because of its need for constant human interaction. Weighing in at around 100 to 150 lbs, this dog is not for the frail, weak, or new owner. The best owner will have a yard to romp and play in with lots of love and constant attention to give. The owner needs to be assertive, as the this type of dog will literally try to throw its weight around. Constant ongoing training is a must with this breed.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy an Anatolian Shepherd Dog is from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

Owning an Anatolian Shepherd Dog does not come cheaply. The average cost for one of these dogs is around $740 or more for each dog. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

This breed is generally not an aggressive dog. However, its stubborn tendencies may be mistaken for constantly trying to usurp authority and test boundaries to see what new things if any they can get away with. When protecting itself, its owner, or its puppies, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog may attack as a last resort.

Noise Factor

This breed of dog is very noisy at night specifically. They literally bark and investigate everything that moves in the night. For this reason they are generally recommended for the rural environment.

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