Anatolian Shepherd Dogs

Large and in charge, these dogs are vigilant and hyper-loyal. Here’s what you need to know if you’re considering this breed.   

 The Anatolian Shepherd Dog hails from Turkey, and while they were bred to help out with livestock, they actually are not herding dogs. Instead, they were used to guard sheep and goats because they could stealthily blend in with these animals and go undetected by predators.

Today, his flock is typically his human family, which he protects with the same passion. These very large pups are super loving and gentle with those who they know and are happy to be part of a pack.

Why We Love the Anatolian Shepherd Dog

  • He will protect you and your family from any type of threat, and you can count on that. Embedded in an Anatolian Shepherd Dog’s nature is the instinct to safeguard those he loves against harm.
  • Real family companions, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are calm, sweet and affectionate with those closest to them. 
  • These pups are very intelligent and it’s fun to watch them think through scenarios. Anatolians learn commands easily, but sometimes will decide for themselves if they’d like to follow.

 Things to Consider

  • These guys really don’t like strangers. They need to be socialized early on to learn what’s normal and what should be seen as a threat, otherwise they may try to protect their pack when it isn’t necessary.
  • Everything is bigger with an Anatolian Shepherd Dog. You’ll face higher boarding, food and medicine costs, and you’ll need a larger car to transport him.
  • Your Anatolian Shepherd Dog will most likely challenge your authority at some point. They are very independent thinkers and like to be in control, so you’ll need to show your pup who is boss from day one.

Why Rescue? 

Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, like many breeds, have been victims of overbreeding and irresponsible breeding, which have led to the exacerbation of certain health issues. These can include hip and elbow dysplasia, Demodectic Mange, Hypothyroidism and Entropion. These problems can typically be completely solved with help from a vet, but due to the time and money required many end up in shelters instead of being treated. If you think a Anatolian Shepherd Dog could be the perfect pup, consider adopting a rescue!

Anatolian Shepherd Rescues

Whether you’re looking for an Anatolian Shepherd Dog puppy or an adult Anatolian, there are tons of pups near you just waiting to find their forever home! Here are just a few: 

Independent, loyal & reserved
Avg. Weight
80 - 150 lbs
Occasional grooming required
Avg. Life Span
11 - 13 Years
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs near 20149
Animal Rescues near 20149
Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA
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