Anatolian Shepherd Dog
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Turkey.
OTHER NAMES: Coban kopegi, Karabas, kangal dog, anatolian karabash dog, Anatolischer Hirtenhund
SPECIAL SKILLS: Sheepdog and protector for cattle herds.
SIZE: The shoulder-height is 74 – 81cm (29 ¼ - 31 ¾ in) for dogs and 71 – 79cm (28 – 31 ¼ in) for bitches. The dogs weigh 41 – 64kg (90 – 141 lb).*
COAT: The outer protective coat is smooth with a sheen and mainly short, but longer around the collar and tail. Any color is permitted, but the most acceptable colors are plain cream to fawn with a black face and ears.
CARE REQUIRED: The Anatolian Sheepdog requires little grooming. During the time when the dog is shedding use a comb with a double row of metal teeth to remove the dead and loose hairs of the under-layer of the coat.
CHARACTER: The Anatolian Shepherd dog is brave and demanding of itself, unsure of strangers, can be stubborn and dominant, is reasonably independent, and very vigilant.
TRAINING: The Anatolian Shepherd is not a dog for beginners. It needs a handler who naturally radiates leadership. The best results are achieved with a determined, consistent, and loving approach. It is very important to begin training quite early because fully grown dogs are too strong and too big to be corrected.
SOCIAL BEHAVIOR: These dogs generally get on well with other animals provided they have been introduced to them when young. They are rather reserved toward strangers but there are seldom problems with children from their own family. They can be rather dominant toward other dogs. It?s important to introduce the dog early in its life to its own kind, other animals, and people.
EXERCISE: Anatolian Shepherds require a lot of exercise. When they can run in their own yard with a fence surrounding it, they can decide upon their own exercise needs. This breed is not suited to an apartment.
* Note: The size and aesthetic characteristics indicated are the general goals of most breeders and may vary among the breed.
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