The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is by no means a small breed. Not recognized by the AKC until 1996, this is a large livestock guardian who thrives when it has a lot of land to roam and a flock to protect. It usually has a short light brown coat with a black mask, though it can technically come in quite a few colors. Despite the short coat, it does tend to shed quite a bit (especially in certain seasons), so don’t get this dog thinking it might be hypoallergenic!
Despite the size of this dog, it doesn’t have huge exercise needs. As long as it has land to roam and gets a decent walk, the exercise needs should be met.
If you want a cuddle companion, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog may not be for you! These dogs are great in many ways, but they don’t tend to be couch snugglers. In fact, these dogs are quite independent and like their own space away from people — which makes them pretty unusual in the dog world. That’s not to say they aren’t ever affectionate, just that they don’t tend to be velcro dogs. This is ideal for some people, who can’t stomach the thought of a dog with separation anxiety.
Anatolian Shepherd Dog – A Huge Dog That Needs Training
They tend to be good with other animals as long as socialized properly. The breed may not be great with children and strangers. This is due to them being a livestock guardian. They are natural protectors of their flock, and will be reserved with those they don’t know. This dog needs ample socialization as a puppy to assure them that strangers are good. This ensures don’t need to be on high-alert when someone they don’t know is on the property every time.
If you’re looking for an indoor cuddlebug, this may not be the dog for you. If you want a reliable livestock guardian, they’re a great choice.