BREED DESCRIPTION & INFORMATION
Photo courtesy: Kirako Anatolians
Note: The breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may also be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.
* The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.
Average height for males is between 29 & 32 inches at the shoulder; females are from 27 to 31 inches
The average weight for males is between 100 and 143 lbs.; females weigh from 88 to 120 lbs.
Many Anatolians may be larger boned or slightly broader in appearance.
The Anatolian Shepherd (also known as "Coban Köpegi" and "Karabash") is one of several large Turkish guarding breeds. He is considered a giant breed and was developed or naturally evolved to bond with flock animals. He is large, rugged and impressive and possesses great endurance and agility. The Anatolian is first and foremost a guarding dog. He is loyal and can be fiercely possessive and protective of his family, stock and territory. He is calm and observant of his surroundings and bold, without aggression when properly trained. The breed is naturally independent, very intelligent and obedient. He is suspicious of strangers and anything new that enters his domain, but loyal and affectionate to his owners. The Anatolian is not one to go looking for trouble, but he may not back down if challenged.
Basic training for Anatolian Shepherd Dogs is absolutely essential. These dogs must be socialized at an early age. He must be taught not to interpret any "normal" activity or events as a threat. The well trained Anatolian should be self-confident yet submissive. The untrained Anatolian Shepherd can test his handler to try to assume a role of leadership and can become over-protective, intimidating and even aggressive.
The Anatolian only reaches full maturity at the age of four years and can be expected to live to about 12 to 15 years.
The Anatolian's coat length can vary from short and smooth to long and rough, and comes in fawn, brindle, tri-colour, white and black. He carries his tail over his back when alert and otherwise it is carried low with a slight curl.
The Anatolian Shepherd is known as a breed with few serious health problems. The incidence of inherited problems seems to be much lower than in many other breeds. However, they are not completely free of health concerns and some of the issues which have been seen in the breed include:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Some forms of Cancer
- Gastric Torsion (Bloat) As with any deep-chested dog, the occurrence of Bloat or Gastric Torsion is a real possibility in the Anatolian Shepherd. If you are not familiar with this condition, it is absolutely necessary to learn about it and know the symptoms This is a real emergency and a life threatening condition that requires immediate Veterinary attention. See Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV) Bloat in the Health and Nutrition section of Canada's Guide to Dogs for more information and First Aid for Bloat for an article describing some of the things you can do if you are faced with this situation.
If you are considering the adoption of a Anatolian Shepherd puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)
Additional Health Resources:
- Health and Nutrition Growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website which includes information on several health and nutrition related issues.
- Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) Providing a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists that will assist in breeding healthy dogs. CHIC is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
- AKC Canine Health Foundation Working towards developing scientific advances in canine health.
- Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF)
- Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)
- Ontario Veterinary College (OVC)
- University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (PennHip)
- HealthGene HealthGene Corporation is the leading provider of veterinary DNA diagnostic services in Canada.
- Labgenvet Laboratory of Veterinary Genetics is a Canadian diagnostic laboratory that offers a comprehensive service of DNA tests for veterinary genetic diseases.
- CKC Breed Standard
- AKC Breed Standard
- UKC Breed Standard
- The Kennel Club (U.K.) Breed Standard
- F.C.I. Standard No 331 - Anatolian Shepherd Dog (Coban Köpegi)
- Grooming This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.
- Starting the LGD Pup by Catherine de la Cruz
- Training For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.
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