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Anatolian Shepherd Dog
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog heralds from a time of the ancients.  During the era of Alexander the Great, dogs much like the ASD were assisting and guarding the livestock of nomadic European shepherds.  The harsh conditions meant that the strongest, smartest and fittest survived.  Those became the ancestors of the modern Anatolian.  With its relative lack of health issues, moderate conformation and following of devoted fanciers, the Anatolian emerges as a breed that may very well survive the dangerous future of being popular and its accompanying problems of pet shops, puppy mills and irresponsible breeders.  Still treasured as a reliable guardian and devoted companion when reared by those who understand and respect the drives of this dog.
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General Information
Group(s): WorkingGuardian Height: 27.5-32 inches
Weight: 88-143 pounds Longevity: 10-12
Colors: all are accepted Coat type: short to medium long and dense outercoat; thick undercoat with longer hair at neck, shoulders and thigh
Recognized Registries: UKC, NCA, FCI and others
Overall Appearance: Cleanly made, the Anatolian is not overdone. Without any exagerration in lines, coat, many would consider it a good representation of a solid working dog. Immense in size, it is clearly the progeny of Molosser lines (Mastiff) and harsh conditions.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate
General Nature: loyal, loving and devoted to family, intensely protective of their charges which include livestock and family, socializing is crucial for proper recognition
  with Children: exceptional if raised with well behaved children
  with other pets: questionable as their protective instincts can be raised by those they are unfamiliar with; exceptional guardians with those they are raised with
  with dogs: can be dog aggressive if viewing other dogs as a threat to those in their care
Socialization requirements: very high; these dogs must be thoroughly and carefully socialized to be able to assess those they are protecting from those they must be protected from
Ideal home characteristics: one that acknowledges the breed's inherent desire to work, while an exceptional companion, an outlet must be available for this physical and mental inclination, lots of space is desirable whether for livestock or long walks,
Temperament Notes: intelligent and generally quite calm except when working as a guardian. Loyal and fervent, undaunted by those they view as dangerous. Without proper handling while young they can be a risk to other animals including dogs, cats, birds and more.
Training requirement: moderate: socializing (crucial to their appropriate usage of their loyal, protective natures) and basic manners (too powerful physically to be out of control)
Trainer notes: The Anatolian Shepherd Dog as a puppy, is a blank slate with an inherent nature to be protective and confident.  Guided by the inexperienced or fearful, the dog will fulfill its destiny as a dangerous and somewhat unreliable force.  With proper guidance and basic instruction/communication, the Anatolian will mature into a remarkable companion of uncommon valor, intelligence and stability.  Utilizing proper handling techniques to this goal simply requires proper research, assistance and guidance from people knowledgable in Livestock Guardian Dogs and their nature. 
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: difficult to determine, descended from some of the most ancient dogs to benefit from a relationship with man
Country of Origin: probably Mesopotamia
Original Function: livestock guardian
History: Harsh conditions and the needs of nomadic Turkish shepherds shaped the development of this breed in contrast to vanity or breeder preferences. As a result, the solid temperament and sound health of the Anatolian today owes itself to these forces.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: excessively long coat, poor bite, anything that compromises its ability to serve as a LGD
Health Notes: entropion, bloat, cancer, hip dysplasia, thyroid issues, anesthesia sensitivity
Health Testing: OFA hips, Thyroid Panel, CERF,
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Anatolian Shepherds?
  • What criteria do you use in selecting breeding stock?
  • How do you evaluate puppies for prospective homes?
  • What do you consider ideal ASD temperament?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • At what age do you send your puppies to their new homes?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • What health issues have you observed?
  • What health clearances do you get for your breeding stock?
  • Do you microchip your puppies?
  • What suggestions do you have for raising, training and socializing an ASD puppy?
  • What would you consider an ideal ASD home?
  • How does one train an ASD to be a LGD versus companion?
Web Sites:\- National Anatolian Rescue Rescue with the Anatolian Shepherd Dogs International

Other Resources
Breed standard: Anatolian Shepherd Dog Standard as per the Anatolian Shepherd Dog International and the UKC

Breeder Ethics: Code of Ethics from the Anatolian Shepherd Dog International Breeders Code of Ethics for the Anatolian Shepherd Dog International

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