Anatolian Pyrenees

80-120 lbs
29-32"
United States
Anatolian Shepherd
Great Pyrenees

The Anatolian Pyrenees is a mixture of the Anatolian Shepherd and the Great Pyrenees. Both breeds were primarily used as livestock guardians, so the Anatolian Pyrenees can also be considered a great guardian, both for the family and for livestock. The Anatolian Pyrenees is a gentle giant who is great with children. The Anatolian Shepherd originates from Turkey; the Great Pyrenees hails from the Pyrenees Mountains of Asia. The Anatolian Pyrenees is generally cream colored with some brown or black markings. The Anatolian Pyrenees is an above average shedder and is sometimes considered high-maintenance due to this.

Purpose
Companion, Herding
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Anatolian Shepherd, Great Pyrenees

Anatolian Pyrenees Health

Average Size
Male Anatolian Pyrenees size stats
Height: 29-32 inches Weight: 80-140 lbs
Female Anatolian Pyrenees size stats
Height: 29-32 inches Weight: 80-120 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Skin Scraping
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination

Anatolian Pyrenees Breed History

The Anatolian Shepherd originates in the country of Anatolia (Turkey) where he has been honored with a commemorative postage stamp. The Anatolian Shepherd has been in America since the 1970s, and some owners use them for guarding livestock; others use them as watchdogs. The Great Pyrenees is typically a mellow dog that could live in an apartment but is better suited to a home with a large yard where he can roam and expend his instinctual energy. The Great Pyrenees comes from Asia Minor. He was bred to assist sheep herders. However, Louis XIV procured a Great Pyrenees and declared him the Royal Dog of France. The Great Pyrenees was brought to the United States before World War II. The Anatolian Pyrenees is a gentle giant who is great with children. The breeds were mixed due to their similarities; both are great shepherd dogs. Owners of the mixed breed generally own farms and use the hybrid dogs to guard livestock. 

Anatolian Pyrenees Breed Appearance

The Anatolian Pyrenees is a mixture of two breeds that are biologically quite similar. The Great Pyrenees is typically white or cream-colored with long hair; the Anatolian Shepherd has a short coat with some longer hair around the ears, legs, and tail. The Anatolian Shepherd is a combination of colors, usually fawn, white, pinto, or brindle. Often he will have a black “mask” marking. The Anatolian Pyrenees may be a combination of colors, but will have medium-long hair. It is not a waterproof coat. 

Anatolian Pyrenees Breed Maintenance

Unfortunately, the Anatolian Pyrenees is a constant shedder. You may need to brush him daily in order maintain a healthy coat. The parent breed, the Anatolian Shepherd is a naturally clean dog, so it is possible the Anatolian Pyrenees will inherit this trait. You should brush your Anatolian Pyrenees dog’s teeth at least three times a week; however, if you want to prevent gum disease, brush the dog’s teeth daily. Trim your dog’s nails every other week. The rule of thumb is if you can hear your dog’s nails clicking on the floor, it is time to cut them. 

Anatolian Pyrenees Temperament

The Great Pyrenees is a very “mellow” dog and can adapt to any situation. He is gentle, loyal, and affectionate. The Anatolian Shepherd is very protective of his family. He is highly intelligent and can be dominant at times. Expect the Anatolian Pyrenees to be a mixture of both personalities. Both are great with children; however, early socialization is key to making sure the Anatolian Pyrenees are accustomed to children, other pets, and a variety of people. They are not, however, good dogs for novice dog owners. Patience is required to train the Anatolian Pyrenees. 

Anatolian Pyrenees Activity Requirements

The Anatolian Pyrenees is a mix of two very active dogs. If you keep the Anatolian Pyrenees in a fenced-in yard at any time, be sure that the fence is at least six feet high. The parent breed is quite a jumper! The Great Pyrenees is also known as a “Houdini Hound,” so be prepared for your Anatolian Pyrenees to be an escape artist. The Anatolian Pyrenees needs a fairly high amount of daily activity. Be sure to not only take him out for exercise, but to also mentally stimulate him as well – games of fetch will not do for this highly intelligent hybrid dog. It should also be noted that the Anatolian Shepherd can be aggressive when defending his “turf,” whether it is against another dog or strangers. Always keep him on a leash when out walking. 

Anatolian Pyrenees Owner Experiences

Ramone
5 Years
3 People
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He is an amazing dog with an amazing personality and temperament, always there to love
1 week, 2 days ago
Sekio
13 Months
3 People
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She is such a great dog, I live and work on a small ranch. All my life I have had rescue dogs or just gotten dogs from friends always older dogs. The owners (they don't live here full time) of the ranch brought her home as a puppy so I have got to watch her grow up. We are together every day all day except for when I have to run to the store, She dose not like going in the truck. She use to run out the gate when she was younger but never went to far I would just walk behind her to see were she wanted to go. I have seen posts about the breed that say they listen when they want and it is so true bit really don't we all. She is great with the other animals horses, chickens, peacocks and goats she is still young and just wants to play with them not hurt them at all. She barks at night a lot but most of the time there is something there even if it is just a rabbit. She dose dig but yet she is always watching me dig. She is by my side always weather its raining or daytime or all night for some reason. I think we both know hoe lucky we are to have each other.
3 weeks, 3 days ago
Dolly
6 Months
4 People
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very protective and lots of energy
1 month ago
Aero
3 Months
2 People
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So far we love this combination - we have however witnessed a smaller dog push our AP to the point where an argument ensued - all if fine and it took ALOT to push the pups button to get this reaction. I know we are going to have a fantastic life with her - This breed is amazingly smart,sensitive and loving even at this young age. I am wondering about the green/gray eyes that she has - they are extremely spectacular look with the badger markings.
2 months ago
"Agent Mulder" 0r just "Mulder"
7 Months
2 People
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Walking
Tug-of-war
Fetch
We got this dog to protect little lambs that we are buying. He was horrifically malnourished and was purchased along with his two siblings by a woman, a nurse, who drove into another state intending to buy one pup. She saw the conditions and bought all three to rescue them. She called the Humane Society after she left the "hell-hole" and they went and took the mother dog. My son works with the nurse that bought the dogs and he immediately arranged for us to buy "Agent Mulder" from the nurse. She had already taken all three pups to the vet and paid huge bills to have them de-flea'd, de-tick'd, analyzed and put on Supplements. Mulder was the saddest dog - his face turned down and looking up at us with his eyes. I drove 80 miles to meet the nurse and instantly loved Mulder. He was 10 weeks old and we showered with love continually. I made an appt with the Holistic Vet we normally use. Dr. Friedly, in his 60's, was an allopathic vet for decades and then he integrated Holistic/Natural into his methods and leans toward the Natural. He immediately saw that Mulder had been a malnourished pup. Thirty days later, we visited Dr. Friedly again and Mulder had gained 14 lbs and Dr. Friedly was happy. We went again 30 days later and Dr. Friedly was thrilled with Mulder's progress. He does not even look like the same dog at all. He is strong, proud and happy with us. He literally talks to us and when reprimanded for doing something naughty (like getting in the trash), he goes into a crawling position and talks back - it is absolutely hysterical. We believe that he, his siblings and mother were probably starving and survived eating out of trash/trash bags. We are not very hard on Mulder and really reward him when he does good. He likes to lay on the tile or hardwood floor and occasionally pees on his rejected dog bed and on the blanket while in his 5ft. diameter kennel fence inside the house at night. He has gotten better about going outside to urinate. We are really wanting him to accept something soft to lay down on because winter is coming - we're in Colorado on a farm - and the floor tends to be cold in the winter. We have all wood or tile floors and for our other dog, a border collie that just passed away at 15 1/2 years old, we always had his orthopedic bed on top of a large piece of carpet with pad underneath and covered him with a blanket so he'd be warm and cozy on the wood floor in winter. So why is he named, Agent Mulder. Well that was the idea of my five year old granddaughter who likes watching the X-files with Grandpa and Grandma (we have all of the seasons and episodes on DVDs). The dog looked more like Langley to me, but my granddaughter really likes Fox Mulder. My husband wanted to call the dog Fox Mulder but I refused to call an Anatolian Pyrenees, "Fox". "Agent Mulder" is what my granddaughter wanted to call him and she likes the way Skully calls her partner, "Mulder". So that's how Mulder got his name. Mulder is kind to the cats and curious about the chickens. We may wait until Spring before we can get lambs - and we'll have to work with Mulder and the lambs together at that time. That's about all I have for right now.
2 months, 1 week ago
Echo
1 Year
7 People
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He is great cuddler
2 months, 1 week ago
Echo
2 Years
3 People
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Service dog
Hide & Seek
Fetch
Chase
Tug-of-war
Laser pointer chase
Echo is an unusual dog. If you give him a treat, he takes it to his sleeping space to eat it. From a puppy, he understood the concept of burying things, but not the mechanics - he would use his nose to try to bury things under the hardwood flooring. He also liked to eat the drywall. He's now 2 and has grown out of eating the walls. We are still working on the burying mechanics. As a puppy we would tease him with a laser pointer, expecting him to grow out of it like my previous dogs once he understood were the dot was coming from. Nope. He knows I control it, but now it's a game. He'll watch the windows for sunset, then come get me to play "ready, set, go" in the backyard. He's eager to please, considers the family to be a pack and treats as packmates, and shows excellent skills at scenting and alerting. He's currently being trained as a Diabetic Alert Dog.
2 months, 2 weeks ago
da Bones
2 Years
2 People
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Walk
Run
Tug-of-war
Play keep away
Fetch
Great dog, doesn't like other dogs, but loving and protective of his family. Loves to run, he runs hard and fast. Picky about his food but he is completely spoiled. Was a digger but grew out of that.
2 months, 4 weeks ago
Bob
8 Years
2 People
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Bob is very strong willed. It took a while for him to realize I was in charge. Bob was born with hip dysphasia and had a hip replacement at 17 months old. Once he was feeling better his whole attitude changed. He’s a great dog!
3 months, 1 week ago
Marty
5 Months
2 People
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Fetch
Tug-of-war
Cuddling
Walking
My first large dog and he is definitely special. He was meant to be in our lives (he was born the day one of our other fur babies passed away). He is definitely strong willed but he will lick your face off. Sometimes he gets in a biting mood but with time I’m sure he’ll grow out of that stage. Super smart! He learned to lay down and come to me when called after only a handful of tries (he loves to get treats). He gets along with our Shi-weenie (she’s 2) but sometimes gets into it with our Shihtzu (he’s 13). I’m excited to see his personality traits as he grows. Also, crate training has been a breeze but he pees in the floor a lot :/
3 months, 1 week ago
Sherman
12 Weeks
6 People
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Friendliness
Energy
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Walking
training
Fetch
Only loved from afar
3 months, 2 weeks ago
Aspen
4 Months
5 People
Apartment
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Friendliness
Energy
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River
Meeting other dogs
Dog Parks
My first puppy. She is doing great.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
Dixie
13 Weeks
6 People
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Dixie is the most lovable puppy. She can cuddle with my husband and I or play with the kids and our corgi. She chews a lot but so did our corgi. Dixie is very smart and learns tricks in a matter of a few tries. She’s a big baby but much easier than our corgi was to train.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
Heaven
4 Months
4 People
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Playing in the water
She chews everything!
3 months, 2 weeks ago
Good Girl GG for short
8 Weeks
5 People
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Sweet, mellow and interacts with other pack members accordingly. She does however enjoy chasing our chickens. Working on that.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
Leya
6 Months
2 People
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She does math, & Hide & Seek
She is very loveable, but the gal we adopted her from, her boyfriend abused her. So we have word hard to get her to attach to me & she is after 2 months, but she adores my wife. She is still skiddish with new people, but we are working hard with her she has showed a marked inpfovement.
4 months, 1 week ago
Abbie
5 Months
2 People
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Annie is very head strong and mouthy. She wants to bite on feet and legs. You can correct her and she will come back and do it again. Hopefully once we are out of puppy stage this behavior will disappear. She definitely has her protection skills and already hangs with horses and checks on geese in pond. Very affectionate. She has no brakes as when called she will run right over you. Love her.
4 months, 1 week ago
Lizzie
1 Year
3 People
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Amazing dog. She learned basic commands and potty trained within a matter of days. She's very smart and very observant, always vigilant and standing her post at the farm. Very lovable companion too.
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Ferdinand
4 Years
3 People
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Playdate
Dog Parks
Fetch
Chase
He’s extremely mellow and isn’t exercise demanding, a treat motivated gentle giant.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
Bubba
4 Years
1 People
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Bubba is very loving to people he knows. He is very wary of strangers and careful with them until he knows them. Then he is all love and kisses
5 months, 1 week ago
Sergeant
16 Months
6 People
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Sleeping
Playing
Chase
Sergeant is such a baby. He loves to sit in my lap and flop over when he is tired. He makes me so so happy!!! Sometimes he gets so excited he starts running figure eights in our yard.
5 months, 2 weeks ago
Tucker
10 Weeks
5 People
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running and swimming
friendly and good with kids. energetic all the time.
5 months, 4 weeks ago
Bear
2 Years
2 People
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Hiking
Playing
Fetch
Bear is probably the happiest dog I’ve ever met in my life. He’s always smiling and his tail never stops wagging. He loves people and other dogs, and he even has some cat friends! He is VERY easy to train and picks up on things very quickly. He can get excitable and needs a lot of exercise, otherwise he can get out of hand. He’s super sweet and would never hurt a fly, which means he gets along with anyone and everyone. If you’ve seen the movie Up, he’s literally Doug the dog. He’s such a joy to have :-)
6 months ago
Aidan
12 Weeks
4 People
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Play
He is the sweetest dog ever. He is head strong. Very dominate. He loves kids! I mean loves kids! He also loves car rides. He has been a joy to have!
6 months, 2 weeks ago
Lilly
5 Months
6 People
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Walking
Like to jump still poop in the house at time
6 months, 2 weeks ago
Yukon
4 Years
4 People
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Camping
Cuddles
Hiking
swimming
Walking
We found Yukon at a local shelter we visit to pet the doggos on occasion. He seemed so downtrodden we decided to bring him home to foster and rehab. Well, we never took him back, we adored him in all his gigantic existence. Plus he was phenomenal for and with my youngest son, who has Autism. I love this dog more than any I have ever met, ever. I am a cat person, by the way. But Yukon is some kind of magical.
6 months, 3 weeks ago
BOGIE
4 Years
3 People
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Hiking
Car rides
Dog Parks
Rescued Bogie from a high kill shelter & did a breed test to find out he's A/P. Have 2 other mixed breed rescue dogs and they've all settled in so nicely! Most amazing dog breed I've come across...affectionate, smart, protective, highly trainable -altho he's a bit stubborn - but I wouldn't trade this boy for a second. LOVE
7 months ago
Bear
1 Year
2 People
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Hiking
Cuddling
I’ve never had a large dog before and was very iffy about it. Then as bear got older he started being very affectionate and having a great personality. He is so funny and gets agitated so easily, but only when you tickle his hair. He is so great with people but can be a guard dog when needed. I will honestly never get anything but an Anatolian Pyrenees ever again!!!!!
7 months, 3 weeks ago
Buckeye
2 Years
4 People
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Ice fishing
Walking
Riding in the car
Jogging
It's been a rough couple of years with training. He's so stubborn and head strong, even throwing tantrums! But at two years age we finally agreed on neutering him (early March) and what a difference it's making in his temperament. He sits for longer periods of time, lays down on command, shakes, plays hide and seek. Patience! These guys just need love and lots of patience!
7 months, 4 weeks ago
Rollie
2 Years
4 People
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Playing in the snow
Laying in the sun
Protecting the homestead
Hiking and exploring
He is very calm. He likes to snuggle with us but is stand offish with strangers. He loves the snow and cold and is very nocturnal. He Patrols our acreage at night and Barks periodically throughout the night.
9 months ago
Cooper
3 Years
4 People
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Always had small dogs. At the pound Cooper came right up to us and put his head on our lap. That's all it took. Best dog ever. He won't rest until he checks every room. If someone not hone he waits up for them. Very friendly with family, friends, and many other dogs. But, mess with any of us and his growl and bark scares all. Smartes dog. Grandson had a seizure in a locked bathroom few weeks ago and Cooper let us know he was in trouble. Big baby who loves to be petted, brushed and just to be hugged. Bigger baby when it storms as he is right on top of you, all 89 pounds. The shedding is very annoying but so worth the love he brings into our life's.
9 months ago
Aperya
5 Years
3 People
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Hikes
Playtime
Aptera is the best dog I have had yet! She loves to be with us and really likes play time, because that means treats! We love her as much as she loves us. Her second favorite thing is to nap, and is awake most of the night.
9 months, 1 week ago
Buddy
7 Months
4 People
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He chews everything, 3 A.M. seems to be his time to find things to chew, toys etc. including pulling a 2" exposed internet cable off the side of the house, this 2" of cable is up from the ground so he has to stand up to get it and so small how does he see it at 3 A.M.? (expensive). We have to keep him tied at night because of all the mischief he gets into at night, destructive behavior to say the least. Let him loose during the day and he has a never ending supply of bones from the grocery butcher etc. to chew day and night. Love this dog to pieces, he is a constant companion to my 6 and 8 yr old grandsons and my son and I during the day, he is so well trained to do obedience, was very fast learner, but the destruction he does at 3 A.M. we have no choice but to keep him tied, kennel is not an option, he is hudini..
9 months, 3 weeks ago
Walton
18 Months
4 People
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Walton loves everyone, human and four-legged friends. Loves the outdoors. Great leash walker and quick learner with commands. Does shed ongoing. Big boy! Tipping at 113 right now!
9 months, 3 weeks ago
Lunar Eclipse
12 Weeks
4 People
Apartment
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Friendliness
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Walks
Fetch
First time but has had a husky and a great Dane
10 months ago
Athena Rose
8 Weeks
5 People
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We have only just begun with this little ball of fur. Athena was meant to be here for sure. For only 2 months old she is very large so I look forward to the size of her in the future. We want to have her as a family pet as well as a guardian for our farm. Training her has on just begun but already the signs are promising. She is very trainable in the housebreaking stage and we are slowly introducing her to the goats chickens and cows. So far so good her interest is there. She has been so great with the other 2 dogs and 1 cat that live indoors and outdoors she plays with the bassethound/ black and brown hound we have very very well they tire each other out for sure. Her nocturnal instincts have really kicked in she is very interested in napping during the day and being awake at night :)
10 months, 1 week ago
Diesel
4 Months
2 People
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Tag
Fetch
They are great watch dogs. We love our puppy. I wanted a guard dog. We have a girl dog who is mixed great soreness and border collie. She is a lover, excited, jumpy dog. Her name is Zoey, she's 2 yrs. Our puppy diesel is 4 weeks. Both dogs play in our back yard. They are both almost the same height.
10 months, 1 week ago
Gabi
4 Years
5 People
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Energy
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Laying in the sun
Catch treats
herding people
Shake
Off-leash
Nap
Brushing
Hike
tucking people in at bedtime
Guard dog
Explore the woods
Walk
Our adopted Anatolian Pyrenees went through a few foster families before coming into our lives; it is said that she wasn't suited for her job (herding and guarding sheep), and she certainly does seem happier has a house dog with us. It should be mentioned that she's a first-class cuddler. That being said, she also enjoys patrolling the woods and surrounding property of our home at night. She won't rest until she knows every member of the family is safely in bed; only then will she ask to go outside for the night (her preference in favorable weather). She does struggle with anxiety at times, and especially during storms, but she's extremely gentle and loving to all humans. She tends to be cautious or territorial around new animals, but she very rarely exhibits violent aggression toward them, and she warms up to them quickly once trust has been established.
11 months, 3 weeks ago
Tundra
4 Years
4 People
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Playing in the snow
Laying in the sun
Protecting homestead
Playing with kids
Hiking
We have had Tundra since he was 6 weeks old. He is now almost 5. I've had dogs before but never a lgd. He was great till adolescence, he would pick fights w our husky lab mix & he would challenge me on occasion. But once past that phase he was great! It is important to be firm & constant ehen training. They are bred to think for themselves & will listen only if you make them. I wouldn't trade this dog for anything. My 2 yr old has wallered, poked, hit, & sat on him & he never flinched. He has gone trick-or-treating w her & kids running around, never bothered him. He is protective w/out over doing it. He has longer hair & doesn't shed much considering how much hair he has but blows his coat twice a year
11 months, 3 weeks ago
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