Anatolian Shepherd

80-120 lbs
Blackhead Karabaş, Anatolian Blackhead, Anadolulu Karabaş, Kangal, Coban Kopegi

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is not a herding dog; it is a livestock guardian dog and protects livestock from predators. It originated in Turkey and is speculated to date back to 2000 BC; these dogs were depicted on bas-reliefs on display in the Assyrian Rooms of the British Museum located in London. The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is also speculated to be depicted in the Bible in the Book of Job. The Book of Job references these dogs with the flocks and was set in the region of Turkey. The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is not necessarily recommended as a family companion, especially families with young children. These dogs are independent and dominant. They can be affectionate; however, they do not typically see children as pack leaders and will not respect them.

livestock guardian dog
Date of Origin
1800 BC

Anatolian Shepherd Health

Sketch of Anatolian Shepherd
Average Size
Male Anatolian Shepherd size stats
Height: 29-32 inches Weight: 110-140 lbs
Female Anatolian Shepherd size stats
Height: 28-31 inches Weight: 80-120 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Tongue Tie
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Bloat
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Dental Disease
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
Occasional Tests
  • Heart
  • Thyroid Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Dental Examination

Anatolian Shepherd Breed History

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog was named after the region where they were said to have originated, Anatolia in central Turkey. The exact date of origin is unknown but many believe that these majestic dogs date back to 2000 B.C. and are described in the Book of Job in the Bible. The Book of Job was set in the region that is Turkey. The Anatolian Shepherd, despite his name, is not a herding dog. He is a working dog who takes his job as a livestock guardian dog seriously. Anatolian Shepherd Dogs were first brought to the United States in the 1930s but did not become commonly known until the 1970s. When the Endangered Species Act was initiated, the Anatolian Shepherd was used as a way to control predators without actually killing them. The Anatolian Shepherd prefers not to fight predators but does have a fearlessness that allows them to face down a predator of any size and come away the victor. Now, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are seen across the globe protecting livestock from predators and providing a sense of peace for farmers and ranchers. Anatolian Shepherds are not necessarily the best choice for a family companion, especially for families with small children. These dogs can be stubborn and have a very high protection instinct. They do require a lot of socialization from puppyhood until they are trained to guard a flock. They were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1999 and are becoming more popular in the United States. They are ranked 109th among the breeds that are registered with the American Kennel Club.

Anatolian Shepherd Breed Appearance

Many people compare the Anatolian Shepherd Dog to the Kuvasz and the Great Pyrenees; however, the Anatolian is more slender and much more agile. Their head is proportional to their body and their muzzle is most of the time black. Their lips are also black and will hang down slightly. Their ears are to hang down in a triangular pattern with a rounded tip. Their ears are most often black. The Anatolian Shepherd’s tail is set high and when it is relaxed will be carried low with a curl in the end that goes upward. When alert, their tail will be carried high and will resemble a wheel. The Anatolian Shepherd Dog’s coat is short and rough. It is a double coat and will shed in the spring and summer months. Their coat is longer around their collar or neck region and the tail. The coat length will vary on the season and the dog’s bloodline. The Anatolian Shepherd has two basic coat types: medium long and medium.

Appearance of Anatolian Shepherd
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Anatolian Shepherd eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Anatolian Shepherd nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Anatolian Shepherd coat
brindle Anatolian Shepherd coat
fawn Anatolian Shepherd coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Anatolian Shepherd straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Anatolian Shepherd Breed Maintenance

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog will shed heavily twice a year and will require daily brushing during these times. Weekly brushing when they are not shedding is acceptable. Baths are rarely needed even though they mainly work with livestock. Brushing them generally helps remove any odor from their coats. Most owners who surrender their Anatolian Shepherd Dog to a dog pound or rescue group do so because the maintenance is more than they were expecting. Even though the Anatolian Shepherd has a shorter coat, it is a double coat and does require at least weekly attention to keep the shedding and matting to a minimum. Ears should be kept clean and dry to keep any infections from developing. Nails should be regularly trimmed, about once every two weeks. Teeth should be checked weekly and brushed often to prevent dental disease. Regular parasite checks are also necessary to ensure that your dog is parasite free.

Brushes for Anatolian Shepherd
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Anatolian Shepherd requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Anatolian Shepherd Temperament

Anatolian Shepherd Dogs must be properly socialized from puppyhood on to ensure that they do not become reclusive and aggressive towards humans. When properly socialized, the Anatolian Shepherd will become deeply bonded to their caregiver. They were bred to be protectors and that instinct is still strong in the breed. They should never be allowed off their property unleashed and a substantial fence is recommended unless they have been trained in an open range setting with a flock or herd to protect. Training is strongly recommended for the Anatolian Shepherd Dog. Obedience school and consistency in their training is a must as they can be strong-willed. Introduce other household pets slowly to an Anatolian Shepherd. Anatolian puppies can bond with other household pets, but an adult Anatolian is less likely to form a bond or even accept other household pets. If bringing in an adult Anatolian Shepherd into your home be firm, confident and consistent. They need to have a leader they can respect established quickly.

Anatolian Shepherd Activity Requirements

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Anatolian Shepherd Popularity

Popularity ranking
Popular Hybrids
Anatolian Pyrenees
Anatolian Shepherd
Great Pyrenees
Anatolian Pyrenees

Anatolian Shepherd Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

Anatolian Shepherd Height & Weight

6 Months
Sketch of Anatolian Shepherd at six months
Male Anatolian Shepherd size stats at six months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 75 lbs
Female Anatolian Shepherd size stats at six months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 57 lbs
12 Months
Sketch of Anatolian Shepherd at 12 months
Male Anatolian Shepherd size stats at 12 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 102 lbs
Female Anatolian Shepherd size stats at 12 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 70 lbs
18 Months
Sketch of Anatolian Shepherd at 18 months
Male Anatolian Shepherd size stats at 18 months
Height: 30 inches Weight: 120 lbs
Female Anatolian Shepherd size stats at 18 months
Height: 29 inches Weight: 92 lbs

Top Anatolian Shepherd Breeders

Check out who made our list for the most reputable Anatolian Shepherd breeders of 2020.
Top Anatolian Shepherd breeder Alaturka Anatolians
Alaturka Anatolians
Chiefland, Florida
Top Anatolian Shepherd breeder Mystic Anatolians
Mystic Anatolians
Palmerton, Pennsylvania
Top Anatolian Shepherd breeder Marble Peaks Ranch
Marble Peaks Ranch
Etna, California
Top Anatolian Shepherd breeder Skyview Anatolians
Skyview Anatolians
Maidens, Virginia
Top Anatolian Shepherd breeder Karaboudjan Anatolians
Karaboudjan Anatolians
Valley Center, California
Top Anatolian Shepherd breeder Lost Armadillo Ranch
Lost Armadillo Ranch
Davis Creek, California
Top Anatolian Shepherd breeder Carpe Diem Anatolians
Carpe Diem Anatolians
Palm Beach, Florida
Top Anatolian Shepherd breeder Chevaliers Du Roland
Chevaliers Du Roland
Miami, Florida
Top Anatolian Shepherd breeder Gerlach Ranch Anatolians
Gerlach Ranch Anatolians
Napa, California
Top Anatolian Shepherd breeder Sakarya Anatolian Shepherds
Sakarya Anatolian Shepherds
Alpine, California

Anatolian Shepherd Owner Experiences

2 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Raylan is a working dog. He is a livestock guardian for our cows and goats.
8 months ago
3 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Our dog is a working dog. He is the livestock guardian for our cows and goats. He is very protective of our livestock and of myself.
8 months ago
2 Years
2 People
House & Yard
We got her to play with our German Shepard that is the same age, because our Doberman was too old to play anymore. Found her on Craigslist for 100 bucks to good home. When we got her home we could tell she was never shown affection or much interaction with people. It took several months for her to trust us but her and our other dogs got along within a week. Her and the German Shepard are best of friends and she is so loving towards us. She waits for me by the driveway gate every night when I get off work. She will walk in front of me and flop over for her belly rubbin. Makes the work day melt away. While I type this she is sitting next to me trying to get me to pet her. Also she is very watchful of our property and doesn't bark very often but when she does, you take notice. She is a wonderful dog and I'm glad to share our lives together.
10 months ago
4 Years
The Anatolian Shepherd that I walked was super energetic so he and I decided to go for a swift jog instead making it about 2.5 miles in 30 minutes. We had a ton of fun and I as quick to see that he had wonderful capabilities to learn, take-in, and listen to what you are saying. He knew commands like sit, stay, roll-over, heal, go, and stop. His owner worked with him very well, though this dog's breed is the primary reason for him being so savvy. When we got back, I had him sit while I wiped his paws down, with no complaints -- mind you -- and he did a few tricks for some treats before I left! All in all, it was a wonderful experience and I'd highly recommend this breed to anyone.
2 years, 3 months ago
12 Years
Laying in the sun
I walk a Anatolian Shepherd who is very, very old for a large breed. He barks when he sees me and it can be scary because its deep and loud but I know he's happy to see me. The first time I heard his bark it was a little intense. He needs help getting up because he can barely do it himself. He drags his back feet one at a time. He seems to be in good spirits for being so old and he seems to really enjoy our walks. He doesn't pay attention to other dogs or people, he doesn't care for outside attention. He needs to stop often and or lay down because he can handle so much. He loves getting pet while he lays there gaining his energy back. Something about this gentle giant is so special. Being around him brings me lots of joy and peace. He is a comforting soul. I wish I met him when he was younger, I wonder what he was like. ALSO, he is VERY strong, even has weak as his legs seem, he can pull.
2 years, 3 months ago
5 Years
My most recent Australian Shepherd was a beefy guy named Tank. Tank was a really easy to walk Aussie. I think you would be hard pressed to find one of these dogs that was actually difficult or had a sour personality. Australian Shepherds are quite honestly about as human-like as it gets for canines. They are shockingly (if not terrifyingly) smart, incredibly loyal, highly energetic, and definitely affectionate. I used to own an Aussie a few years back and can attest to all of these qualities. They will easily learn words even outside of voice commands. You could practically have a conversation with an Aussie and they will react to every single word as if they completely understood English. More on my walk with Tank, he was extremely well behaved, knew exactly where he wanted to go, and was friendly to every other person and animal we came across. These traits are common with all Aussies. There are no negative things about owning or walking Australian Shepherds, and I openly admit my bias with that statement. Be warned about shedding. Aussies will shed an astonishing amount of hair. I accept any and all walks with Australian Shepherds that I can. Can you tell that they are my favorite?
2 years, 3 months ago
Comar Cevik (Kevlar)
7 Years
1 People
Kevvie died at age 7 due to auto-immune disease. He was excellent with children, strangers, other dogs but he could go from zero to business on the 2 occasions he thought it necessary. He was socialized extensively in order to achieve this. He was superb.
2 years, 4 months ago
BISS GCH Eiserntor AA Mustafa At Turkay
13 when he passed away
2 People
House & Yard
Amazing dogs; usually smarter than their humans ...
2 years, 6 months ago
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Sketch of smiling australian shepherd