Anatolian Shepherd

A.K.A. : KarabaƟ, Anatolian Blackhead, Kangal
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Overview: The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a great working dog. They are still used in rural areas of one Turkey as the shepherds' loyal companion.
Breed Group: Working
Weight (lbs): male: 110-150, female: 80-120
Height (in): male:29, female: 27
Colors: Any color. The most common is fawn, with black mask.
Coat: Short to rough with neck hair slightly longer.
Character: Anatolian Shepherds are brave, cautious around strangers, and are sometimes stubborn.
Temperament: This breed gets along well with other animals that they have known since an early age. They may not be as friendly with strangers. These dogs are fairly guarded around strangers, but rarely have problems with children in their own family.
Care: The Anatolian Shepherd requires very little grooming. In times of shedding, use a double-row comb to remove dead and loose hairs.
Training: This breed responds well to a firm and experienced trainer. Training should begin early.
Activity: The Anatolian Shepherd requires a great deal of exercise and should be allowed a large fenced yard.
Country of Origin: Turkey
Health Issue: This breed may be prone to eyelid entropion or to hypothyroidism. Hip dysplasia may occur, but not as much as in other large breeds.
Life Expectancy: 10-13
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