|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 Anatalian 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 Anataolian 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.
Click here to read the Breed Standard for the Anatolian Shepherd.
Anatolian Shepherd Breed Clubs
ANATOLIAN (KARABASH) DOG CLUB. Sec. Mrs Mellor. Tel No: 01327 351353
ANATOLIAN SHEPHERD DOG CLUB OF GB
Anatolian Shepherd Rescue and Rehoming
Contact a Breed Club. They should be able to give you information about Anatolian Shepherds requiring homes and procedures for re-homing; if you are in the unfortunate position of having to re-home your own dog, please go through breed rescue. They will not be judgmental and are best able to find the right permanent home for him.
Anatolian Shepherd Breeders
Puppies and dog breeders have moved to our newly re-designed Puppyfinder website where we have full page advertisements for puppies and the opportunity for breeders to have their own profile pages and blog. No designer breeds or puppy farmers, just breeders who care about their dogs as much as you do.
Ethical breeders are invited to register their kennel on Puppyfinder for just £10pa. This allows you to list litters, litters planned and stud dogs