Anatolian Shepherd Dog

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a large mastiff type dog that originates from Turkey, where it was used as a guard for livestock.

Anatolian Shepherd Dog Breed Group

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog belongs to the pastoral group.

Size of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog


Anatolian Shepherd Dog introduction and overview

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is also referred to as the Turkish Mountain Dog. It’s a large short-coated mastiff type dog with a distinctive black mask across its face and ears. The breed was used to guard sheep against wolves in its native Turkey. It’s an old breed of dog that can be traced back at least 6000 years, and believed to have originated in Asia.

Although popular in the USA, the Anatolian Shepherd is a rare sight here in the UK, with not a single dog being registered with the Kennel Club in 2014.

Anatolian Shepherd Dog temperament

The Anatolian Shepherd is an intelligent and independent dog. It makes a great guard dog around the home, becoming quite vocal at unfamiliar sounds. It is wary of strangers but forms a strong bond with its owner. It’s a strong willed dog that needs a consistent and firm handler as this imposing dog may attempt to challenge the role of pack leader. In the home, the ASD is affectionate and loving, but can be prone to over protectiveness. It is reported to be good around children, although the sheer size of this dog makes it unsuitable for families with small children.

Care should be taken around unfamiliar dogs, and contact with cats and other smaller pets should be avoided.

Colour varieties of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog

The breed comes in a variety of colours including:
•    Dark Fawn
•    Dark Fawn & White
•    Fawn
•    Fawn & White
•    Fawn Black Mask
•    Fawn White Black Mask
•    Tricolour

Country of Origin


Size and weight of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Height bitch 71-79cms

Height dog 74-81cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 41-59kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 50-64kgs

Exercise requirements of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is an energetic and athletic breed that requires at least 2 hours of exercise every day. It is not a dog suited to apartment living or city life.

Is the Anatolian Shepherd Dog a good dog for a first time dog owner?

No. The Anatolian Shepherd is best suited to an owner with experience of dogs. It is a large, heavy dog making an impractical choice of dog breed for many family homes.

Anatolian Shepherd Dog coat length


Grooming requirements of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Medium. The coat requires regular brushing with a soft slicker brush to remove dead hair and debris.

Ears need to be cleaned and checked regularly for any sign of infection.


No. This double coated breed sheds throughout the year making it an unsuitable choice of dog breed for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Anatolian Shepherd Dog

The Anatolian Shepherd is a healthy and hardy dog with no known health issues at the present time. However, as wih all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog

A healthy Anatolian Shepherd should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of up to 15 years.

Approximate Anatolian Shepherd Dog pedigree puppy price

No current pedigree price is available as litters are few and far between.

Estimating how much an Anatolian Shepherd Dog would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 50kgs requires 509gms of complete dry food daily. A dog weighing 60kgs requires 570gms of complete dry food daily. The weekly cost of feeding a 50kgs bitch is around £12.50. The weekly cost of feeding a 60kgs dog is around £14.00

Our figures are based on feeding an above average quality and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the pastoral group.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:
•    Worming and fleas preparations
•    Annual Vaccination boosters
•    Neutering or spaying
•    Microchipping
•    Dental treatment