The Anatolian Shepherd is a shepherd’s guard dog of ancient lineage; probably descended from the large hunting dogs existing in Mesopotamia. The breed has evolved over the ages to suit a specific set of circumstances.
Of these, the most formative are the climate (hot and very dry summers; very cold winters), the people’s lifestyles (from settled to semi- and wholly nomadic), and the work assigned to the dogs. They guard flocks travelling great distances on the Central Anatolian Plateau, staying out through all weather conditions.
The Anatolian Shepherd was recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 1993. The Anatolian Shepherd is a large, upstanding, powerfully built livestock guarding dog that is capable of great speed. The head is broad and strong, and the double coat is dense in cooler climates.
Size and stamina are imperative. A sound, structurally correct dog demonstrating efficiency of movement always takes precedence. .The Anatolian Shepherd is an active, hard-working breed thats original function was as a flock-guarding dog for sheep. It is capable of enduring extremes of heat and cold. They are always steady and bold, without aggression.
The breed is naturally independent, very intelligent and tractable. In manner, they are proud and confident, although reserved and unenthusiastic about show ring exhibition. They are loyal and affectionate to their owners, but are wary of strangers when mature.