Anatolian Pyrenees

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80-120 lbs
United States

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.

Companion, Herding
Date of Origin
Anatolian Shepherd, Great Pyrenees

Anatolian Pyrenees Health

Average Size
Height: 29-32 inches Weight: 80-140 lbs
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. 

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