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Anatolian Shepherd Dog

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Anatolian Shepherd Dog (Standing, Side View)
Standing, Side View

Breed Information


2022: #79

2021: #88

2020: #85

2019: #94

2018: #90

2017: #86

2016: #84

2015: #92

Name Anatolian Shepherd Dog
Other names Coban Kopegi, Karabash Dog, Kara Bas, Kangal Dog, Kham Kepiji Dogs, Scandinavian Nygaard Dogs
Origin Turkey
Breed Group

Working (AKC:1996)

Guardian Dog (UKC)

Size Giant
Type Purebred
Life span 10-13 years








Male: 28-30 inches (71-76 cm)

Female: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm)


Male: 100-150 pounds (45-68 kg)

Female: 90-130 pounds (41-59 kg)


Biscuit & White

Blue Fawn




Red Fawn


Litter Size 5-10 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $800 - $1200 USD

An Anatolian Shepherd Dog puppy typically costs between $800 and $1,200 though prices may vary somewhat. Factors such as a low number of puppies born each year, few breeders, the breeder's reputation, and the costs of health testing can all influence the price.

Breed Characteristics


2 stars

Apartment Friendly

1 stars

Anatolian Shepherds are not recommended for apartment life. They are relatively inactive indoors and will do best with at least a large yard. This breed is very suspicious of strangers, and it is therefore necessary to provide a secure, fenced yard.

Barking Tendencies

3 stars


Cat Friendly

2 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Dog Friendly

1 stars

Exercise Needs

3 stars

This breed needs a lot of exercise. They do best when they can run free in their own fenced-in yard, but still need to go on long daily walks. Does best with a job to do; a flock to protect.


2 stars

Low Maintenance: Grooming is only necessary once in a while to maintain upkeep. Little to no trimming or stripping needed.

Health Issues

4 stars

Prone to hypothyroidism or to eyelid entropion. Hip dysplasia does occur, but is not as common as in some other large breeds. They are sensitive to anesthesia.

Hypoallergenic: No

2 stars

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3 stars

Shedding Level

5 stars

Constant Shedding: This is a double-coated breed that sheds heavily. Grooming the Anatolian requires at least weekly brushing -- daily during the twice yearly shedding season -- and dogs with a thick, plush coat may need to be brushed more frequently. That comes as an unpleasant surprise to some people.

Stranger Friendly

1 stars


3 stars

Moderately Easy Training: The Anatolian Shepherd is not a dog for the beginner. This breed requires a very firm, loving and authoritative hand when training. Motivational methods appear to work best when training the Anatolian Shepherd. Training should begin at a very young age with this breed. The Anatolian Shepherd grows to quite a large size, making it difficult to correct them when full grown.

Watchdog Ability

5 stars

Great Watchdog Ability: This dog will bark and alert its owners when an intruder is present. It exhibits very protective behavior, acts fearless toward any aggressor, and will do what it takes to guard and protect its family.

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Anatolian Shepherd Dog Puppy (Face, Muzzle)
Face, Muzzle

Anatolian Shepherd Dog Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Rocky Lucy
02 Jack Daisy
03 Toby Molly
04 Oliver Ruby
05 Finn Luna
06 Riley Ellie
07 Duke Stella
08 Rocco Roxy
09 Henry Coco
10 Gus Rosie
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is built tough to do a tough job. It is a large, powerful, rugged dog, having both great agility and endurance. It has good bone and a large head. Its gait is powerful, smooth and fluid. Its coat consists of a thick undercoat and an outer coat that ranges from short (about 1 inch) to rough (about 4 inches), slightly longer around the neck and mane. Its expression is intelligent, and the general impression it gives is one of a bold yet calm protector.

This is a serious dog, devoted to its family and its duty as family protector. At the same time, it is laid back-and easygoing, never on the lookout for trouble. It is suspicious of strangers and is territorial. It is good with children, but it may not be playful enough to satisfy children's desires. As a serious watchdog, it tends to bark a lot when its suspicions are aroused.


The Anatolian Shepherd is a shepherd's guard dog of ancient lineage; probably descended from the large hunting dogs existing in Mesopotamia. The breed has evolved over the ages to suit a specific set of circumstances. Of these, the most formative are the climate (hot and very dry summers; very cold winters), the people's lifestyles (from settled to semi- and wholly nomadic), and the work assigned to the dogs. They guard flocks traveling great distances on the Central Anatolian Plateau, staying out through all weather conditions. The Anatolian Shepherd was recognized by the AKC in 1996.

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