Anatolian Shepherd dog breed

Anatolian Shepherd Dog Breed at a Glance


The Anatolian Shepherd dog breed is known by many names, like the Coban Kopegi, Kara Bas, Karabash Dog, Kham Kepiji Dogs, Kangal Dog, and Scandinavian Nygaard Dog. The large breed was developed to guard flocks on its own, and so is very independent and intelligent. It’s friendly towards kids and other pets, but may be a challenge for new dog owners without previous experience. This breed can adapt to hot or cold climates and makes a great watchdog. It will protect its family if needed.

Group: Working

Anatolian Shepherd Puppies


HISTORY of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog Breed

Origin: Turkey


Expect an intelligent dog that can learn without delay, although, one that may not always obey. Bred for managing flocks without human direction, socializing is necessary to ensure they become good companions. In addition to these characteristics, the Anatolian Shepherd is friendly, loyal, protective, and fearless. It won’t contemplate protecting its family should a dangerous situation arise. However, it is a sensitive dog that doesn’t respond well to reprimanded and barks frequently, too. While it has a low hunting drive, it does have a high impulse to wander and is NOT cat friendly.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog Breed

The common colors of the Anatolian Shepherd include white, red, gray, and blue. Its coat is short and thick.

The Anatolian Shepherd weighs between 80 and 150 pounds, making it one of the heaviest of all the dog breeds. It stands between 28 and 32 inches tall.

Anatolian Shepherd dog breed

Shedding is a constant with this breed, but regular brushing helps. Still,  prepare to vacuum frequently. It is NOT a hypoallergenic breed and tends to drool.

HEALTH and CARE of the Anatolian Shepherd

Life Expectancy 

The life expectancy of this giant breed is between 10 and 13 years, which is slightly below the average for this breed size.

Common Health Concerns

Each breed is susceptible, to some degree, to common health issues. The Anatolian Shepherd is only at a medium risk of developing the following illnesses or conditions:

  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (Bloat)
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Osteochondrosis.


The Anatolian Shepherd is happiest in a home with a yard, but can adapt to apartment living, although it needs regular exercise. Overcome its moderate weight-gain potential with proper nutrition and exercise.

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Being such a large dog, the Anatolian Shepherd requires between 4.5 and 6 cups of dry dog food each day.


Grooming is generally low maintenance with this breed. No stripping or trimming is required.

The Anatolian Shepherd was recognized by the AKC in 1996.