Anatolian Shepherd Dog

KC Pedigree, Giant

Fluff monster

Not good for first time owners

This ancient breed was wrongly named a 'Shepherd Dog' by Kennel Clubs in an era when it didn't like dogs having 'foreign' names. This dog has no herding instincts so lower prey drive than you'd expect, it's super power was to watch the herd from a high point and defend them from bear and wolf attacks. A very powerful, guardian breed.


Attractive to ...

Those with lots of time and experience looking for a challenging dog that is possibly wiser than most people.

Not the best for ...

Most people! You need to be one step ahead.


Turkish Mountain Dog, Karabash, Kangal

Cross between





So big people will stop and take photos.

Exercise Needs

High (Two hours or more)
Without sufficient mental and physical exercise will probably do the wall of death around the living room!


Double trouble!
There she blows. Dense undercoat that could stuff a mattress when you start combing it out.


Fluff monster
Buy shares in Dyson - tell people you are wearing mohair if embarrassed

Life expectancy

11 years

Good first dog?



Tailwise is consistently rated as Excellent

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