Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: Previous owner, Attended conferences / shows, Books
California, United States
Posted September 7, 2012
The Anatolian Shepherd is a unique breed that is not often seen in the United States. Anatolians originate from Turkey and are known for their large size, short, coarse fur and black face and muzzle. Anatolians were originally bred in the deserts and lived their lives amongst livestock and sheep herds. Their coloration allowed them to blend in with the herd so that in the event a predator should attempt to ambush them, the Anatolian would spring to his herd’s defense. This makes them very capable guard and watchdogs, but also can result in the Anatolian being a little too over-protective of its owners. Early training and socialization is highly recommended with this breed.
The Anatolian is typically a calm, loyal, and watchful breed. He will be observant of strangers but loving and affectionate with his family. The only Anatolian I have ever worked with was a big goofball who enjoyed food (especially vegetables!) and was very loyal to his owner. However, his deep-rooted need to guard her and his property from every stranger resulted in slight aggression issues, but with training and socialization he was able to make a turnaround and has turned into a wonderful family dog. If a protection dog is what you are looking for, an Anatolian is well suited for the job!