Routine Care: Anatolian Shepherds are large dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they will get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts.
Grooming: Made for harsh weather, this coat SHEDS! A grooming rake will be a good investment. Rake and/or brush her coat at least weekly.
Dental: Anatolian Shepherds generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!
Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
Anatolian Shepherds have several thousand generations of ancestors that fought bears to protect the flock, and they're determined to protect their family!
• Large, strong, and athletic
• Bold, steady, and fearless
• Formidable guard dog; highly territorial
• Loyal and easygoing with the people they know
• Overprotective of family and territory if not socialized properly
• Coat sheds heavily and needs to be brushed regularly
• Takes up a lot of room due to their massive size
• Does not easily make friends with strangers
Whether you are considering adding a new Anatolian Shepherd to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Anatolian Shepherd will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.
By exploring the health concerns specific to the Anatolian Shepherd you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.
Some health issues an Anatolian Shepherd could encounter:
After guarding flocks of sheep against large predators like bears and jackals on the Central Turkish hillsides for the last 6,000 years, the Anatolian Shepherd has developed into a very large and muscular dog with a commanding presence. Turks often call them the Karabash (Turkish for "black head") Dog, to distinguish them from another famous Turkish livestock guardian, the Akbash, ("white head") Dog.
Temperature extremes are not a problem for this hardy working dog, but they do need a large outdoor enclosure to romp and play. Common problems include bloat and arthritis. Early detection is the key to a long and happy life, so be sure to schedule routine checkups.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Anatolian Shepherd shows signs of the following:
• Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen
• General reluctance to run or play
• Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing
• Dry, scaly, sometimes itchy hairless patches on face or paws
• Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain
• Lameness with or without swelling
• Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting