Breed Information Centre

Anatolian Shepherd Dog


Illustration of Anatolian Shepherd Dog

A native of Turkey, The Anatolian Shepherd was developed as a flock guard and lived a nomadic life with his master, travelling great distances across the Central Anatolian Plateau. They lived outdoors all year in very hot summers and freezing winters. The breed was developed with the physical qualities to survive; he is hardy and agile loyal to his master, naturally independent and wary of strangers.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Pastoral Breed Group

The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.

Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.

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