Anatolian Shepherd Dog Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
Originating in Turkey the Anatolian Shepherd (formerly known as the Karabash) had to work hard to protect his flocks from wolves and rustlers; expected to use his initiative and descended from the ancient Mastiffs he would have been a forbidding sight. His independent role means that he requires to be handled firmly and is not the dog for a novice. The Anatolian Shepherd stands at up to 32″ and weighs as much as 59kg so is not a natural housedog, certainly not in town. He needs the opportunity for ample exercise and unless raised with livestock must be carefully controlled when near sheep and cattle. In common with many of the European Working/Pastoral breeds early socialisation is essential to prevent him becoming over-protective of his territory.
His short, dense coat is in shades of cream to fawn with back mask and ears. Numerically they are not a large breed and Anatolian Shepherd puppies will not be easily available, responsible breeders will be extremely helpful and will help you to be certain that this is the breed for you.
Rescue and Rehoming
In the unfortunate event you need to re-home your dog, or you are looking to give a home to an older dog, contact the Breed Club for their assistance. It is always wise to speak to people who are expert in the breed so you can get the best possible help.