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BSK Breed Index: The Anatolian Shepherd

Life Span: 12 - 15 years

Height: 27 - 29in

Weight: 90 - 150 pounds

Litter Size: 5 - 10 puppies

Temperament: Stand Offish

Intelligence: High

Classification: Working

BSK Status: Extinct


History of The Anatolian Shepherd

The Anatolian Shepherd originated in Turkey. The dog was bred as a flock guardian and shepherd's companion and were bred to be the same size and color as the flocks they guarded so that predators would not know where the dog was. Most revered in the past for their fearless battles with wolves and other predators, the Anatolian Shepherd is still used as a flock and guard dog today.

Anatolian Shepherd Fun Facts

  • The Anatolian Shepherd was brought to the United States in 1950.
  • It is believed that the Anatolian Shepherd dates back 6,000 years ago to mesopotamia.

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