German Anatolian Shepherd

90-115 lbs
German Shepherd
Anatolian Shepherd

The German Anatolian Shepherd is an uncommon designer dog as of yet, a deliberate cross between the popular herding and protection dog, the German Shepherd, and the Anatolian Shepherd, a large Turkish canine that has been guarding livestock for thousands of years. Although devoted to their charge or their flock, these dogs can be less tolerant of outsiders and may require a firm hand for successful training to take place. These dogs are not prone to separation anxiety but they are prone to boredom and can develop obsessive, anxious, and destructive behaviors if not given enough mental and physical exercise.

Herding, guarding, and security
Date of Origin
German Shepherd and Anatolian Shepherd

German Anatolian Shepherd Health

Average Size
Male German Anatolian Shepherd size stats
Height: 27-30 inches Weight: 100-125 lbs
Female German Anatolian Shepherd size stats
Height: 26-29 inches Weight: 90-115 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Heart Disease
  • Hemophilia A (GS)
Minor Concerns
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Ivermectin Sensitivity
  • Eye Disease and Disorder
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Bloat
  • Familial Vasculopathy
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Selective IG A Deficiency
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye examination
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Myelopathy
  • Coagulation Assay

German Anatolian Shepherd Breed History

The German Anatolian Shepherd is a hybrid of two large, long-legged canines that were designed to work with sheep. The Anatolian Shepherd was mainly a guardian of the flock, while the German Shepherd provided both guarding and herding of animals. The German Shepherd breed was originally developed in the late 1800’s as Shepherding dogs that could return sheep to the fold without nipping at the heels and could trot for long distances. German Shepherds were bred initially for structural efficiency, temperament, and intelligence, and you will still find these traits in a large number of German Shepherds today, although unscrupulous or careless breeders may end up producing sickly or aggressive dogs that may not be structurally sound. Modern German Shepherds do vary somewhat from German Shepherd dogs of the late 1800s and early 1900s as breeding choices have resulted in a canine that is more streamlined and thinner-boned. German Shepherds were recognized by the AKC in 1908 and have risen to become the second most popular breed in the United States. The Anatolian Shepherd is not as well known as the German Shepherd, but it is actually a much older breed. They developed in Turkey at some point in the far past, most believe over 6000 years ago, and it is believed they were originally used for fighting and hunting large game before being used to protect livestock. It was at this time that the Anatolian Shepherd changed in size and color, allowing it to blend in more easily with the sheep and confusing the predators.

German Anatolian Shepherd Breed Appearance

The German Anatolian Shepherd is a very large and powerful canine, developed to protect sheep from large predators such as lynx, wolves, and even the occasional bear. The silhouette of this canine is somewhat rectangular, although some may have the more sloping back of the modern German Shepherd. They have a large chiseled head, but not so large as to look out of proportion, and a long, strong muzzle which can be either square like the Anatolian or tapered like the German Shepherd. They have medium-sized almond-shaped eyes in light amber to dark brown, although dark is more likely to be predominant with this crossbreed, and their medium length, triangular ears should be set moderately high on the skull and will either stand erect like the German Shepherd or fold down towards the side like the Anatolian Shepherd. The coats of both of the parent breeds are fairly similar with both of them passing down a thick, soft undercoat protected by a dense outer coat that is generally straight, although some dogs will have a slight wave to the outer layer which can come in a smooth (1 inch) or rough (4 inches) variety.   

Eye Color Possibilities
brown German Anatolian Shepherd eyes
amber German Anatolian Shepherd eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black German Anatolian Shepherd nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white German Anatolian Shepherd coat
black German Anatolian Shepherd coat
cream German Anatolian Shepherd coat
red German Anatolian Shepherd coat
silver German Anatolian Shepherd coat
blue German Anatolian Shepherd coat
fawn German Anatolian Shepherd coat
brindle German Anatolian Shepherd coat
gray German Anatolian Shepherd coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
German Anatolian Shepherd straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

German Anatolian Shepherd Breed Maintenance

Although bathing is only required a few times a year, German Anatolian Shepherds have very thick undercoats and tend to shed heavily year round and require thorough brushing two to four times a week to remove dead hair and to prevent the dense undercoat from tangling and matting. The German Shepherd also sheds more actively on a seasonal basis, a phenomenon called “blowing their coat”. If your German Anatolian Shepherd inherits this quality, they may require more frequent brushing and bathing when the seasons change. This crossbreed may also be somewhat prone to ear infections, so their ears should be cleaned and examined at least once a week.

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

German Anatolian Shepherd Temperament

Hybrid dogs may inherit their temperaments or parts of their temperaments from either parent breed so in many cases, their temperaments can vary quite a bit from dog to dog. Anatolian Shepherds tend to be rather serious dogs, patient and even submissive with children in their family and other household pets, although not particularly playful. They are naturally territorial, however, and they may not extend the same patience to children or animals that they do not consider a part of their pack. They are independent canines, with powerful instincts and their own ideas on who is friend and who is foe. The German Shepherd can have a varying temperament, from the self-confident if somewhat aloof temperament they were bred for, to a hard-tempered and businesslike outlook, to a hyperactive or skittish animal with possible fear and aggression issues. For this reason, having a clear understanding of the temperament of the parent animals is imperative if you are getting a German Anatolian Shepherd as a puppy. The German Shepherd is one of the most trainable dog breeds out there, but the Anatolian is more self-reliant and can become downright defiant during training, so this particular crossbreed may be more suited to households with experienced dog owners.

German Anatolian Shepherd Activity Requirements

This hybrid is a cross between two athletic working dogs that also have great strength and will need a routine of intensive exercise to stimulate them mentally and to allow them expenditure of energy. These dogs require at least two or more hours of vigorous exercise and activity to work their bodies and their minds, per day. Accompanying you on a run, socialization at the dog park, and obedience training are just a few of the outings your hybrid will enjoy. The German Anatolian Shepherd will thrive with room to run; because he tends to be too vocal for your average apartment building, he does best when provided with a large, secure yard to run and explore in.

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

German Anatolian Shepherd Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
4 cups
Daily Cost
$2.75 - $3.00
Monthly Cost
$80.00 - $90.00

German Anatolian Shepherd Owner Experiences

1 Year
4 People
House & Yard
I rescued my German Anatolian Shepherd at about a year old. She is highly intelligent and trains quickly. We've only had her a week and she has already learned "sit", "leave it", "down", gives both paws, "bang", and sits at street corners. She is very stubborn though, so once she's done working on training, she's done. She is only sometimes treat motivated. She has some weird quirks, such as not coming in through the back door (will exit the back, but only come in through the front) and refusing to go in the car. Once she is in the car she drools a lot, but seems to enjoy looking out the windows. She also will not leave the first floor of our house. She stays only on the main level. I'm thinking maybe a fear of stairs. She was crate trained with the foster, but does not like being left in the crate while we work. I think she has caught on that when she goes in the crate it means we're leaving for a bit, so she whines (sounds like a child crying) and barks some. She is great with my kids and does not chase our cat. She wants to be friends with the cat, but the cat has her doubts. She LOVES her long walks (2.5-5 miles/day) and loves to be outside in general. She eats 4 cups of food per day, but gets plenty of treats while working on training. I recommend professional training for this breed. While the German Shepherd is smart and eager to please, the Anatolian Shepherd likes to do their own thing. We are currently working on willingly getting into the car. Each day I take the car out of the garage and walk her as far as she will go towards it, which is not often very far. I reward with a treat for every little bit. I will sit in the car with her on the leash. She will be as far away as the leash will allow and lay down. But we will stay that way for at least 5 minutes, while I talk to her excitedly. I don't want to be too forceful, as I don't know much about her background and don't want to make any of her issues worse. Even with her flaws, she is the sweetest thing. Don't dare stop petting her, or you will be getting a head nudge or a paw on your arm. We can't wait to see how much further she will come once she fully trusts us.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
10 Weeks
4 People
House & Yard
Our puppy is beyond precious. Very, very sweet & affectionate. A little timid of our oldest son who is 6'2" and a defensive lineman for college football, but follows our 12 year old everywhere he goes. Has taken to potty training and learning to sit/like down very very quickly.
6 months, 2 weeks ago
5 Months
2 People
Playing with the Cat
Watching movies
My German Anatolian Shepherd is 50# at 5 months old. He is super super sweet and wants to play with everyone we pass on our daily walks or runs. He is extremely smart and has been a very pleasant dog to train. I take him to weekly training sessions and the trainer absolutely loves him and how quickly he gets it. He loves to curl up on the couch and watch a movie with me, as well as run around the yard like a wired energy bunny! He is excitable, but can be just as calm. Him and my cat love each other; they play and cuddle together. The only issue I have with Tank is he does NOT like car rides; gets very anxious and will drool like a water fountain. Although he is calm on the ride and I can tell he does not want to, but he will climb in when asked to. He loves children and is absolutely smitten with my niece. I am so very dearly in love with my dog.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
10 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Long walks
It’s been a very positive experience. He’s a good, loyal, dog who gets along great with others...although he’s been less than thrilled with new canine additions to the house. He’d rather be the sole dog.
11 months, 2 weeks ago
1 Year
2 People
Ball and frisbee
Winnie is super sweet but full of energy.
11 months, 2 weeks ago
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