Anatolian Shepherd Dog Breed Facts & Information

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Adopting a dog into your family is a big decision and deciding on the right breed is the most important piece when making this commitment. Details like size, energy level, and personality trait can make or break a dog fitting into your lifestyle. If you have the right kind of life for a large, lovable, and independent pooch, then you might want to consider the Anatolian shepherd.

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The Basics

The Anatolian shepherd is a large-sized dog with an adult female weighing between 80-120 pounds and an adult male weighing between 110-150 pounds, according to the American Kennel Club. Females may reach 27 inches high, while males reach around 29 inches in height. The Anatolian shepherd can live up to 13 years.

The History

The Anatolian shepherd originated in Turkey and is said to have been around for over 6,000 years. With the breed being so large in size, they served as the Turkish shepherds frontline of defense from predators.


The Anatolian shepherd is in the company of the Boxer, Leonberger, and the Alaskan malamute in the Working Class dog breed group. Anatolian shepherds are mildly-athletic and love a good, long walk from time to time. But what they truly enjoy is guarding their family and loved-ones

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The Extras

The Anatolian shepherd is intelligent, loyal, and calm, according to Animal Planet. They are also family-oriented dogs β€” calm and patient and very protective of their pack.


They will maintain their laid-back and mellow nature consistently except when they feel that their pack is threatened β€” then the barking will commence.

They are great with children, but this breed may not be playful enough to satisfy children's desires for playtime.

Anatolian shepherd essential facts:

  • Personality: Calm, watchful, loyal, and smart; protective and territorial

  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active

  • Barking Level: Barks when necessary

  • Shedding: Seasonal

  • Grooming: Occasional

  • Good with Children: Yes

  • Trainability: Independent

  • Height: 29 inches (male), 27 inches (female)

  • Weight: 110-150 pounds (male), 80-120 pounds (female)

  • Life Expectancy: 11-13 years

Interested in other breeds? Check out this article about terriers and this list of different husky dogs.