Anatolian Retriever Dog Breed


Pronunciation: [ A•nə•tō•lē•ən ri•trē•vər ]

The Anatolian Retriever is a rare mixed breed, and there are nearly no Web sites and apparently no books regarding this unusual hybrid dog. The two parent breeds are very different in most every way including regions of origin, history, work roles, temperament, etc. It's unknown when the first Anatolian Retriever was produced as well as why someone would have mated the two parent purebred dogs. It could be that it was accidental.

Anatolian Retriever Breed Details

Breed Specs
Hybrid11-14 yrs.22-25½ in.60-94 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
* The more green the stronger the trait.

It's not really known why Anatolian Retrievers were produced. The two parent breeds are outside dogs but in very different basic roles. Because of this, any given dog of this mixed breed might be better as a hunter, or better as a guard dog, or perhaps a fair amount of both and all related roles. They may or may not be good as family companion, with kids, around other dogs or non-canine pets — it all depends on how much of which parent breed they inherit as well as how they are trained and socialized.

Here are some possible good and bad things about these dogs that you should consider if you plan on adopting one of these

  • Pros
  • Dependable
  • Very athletic
  • Extremely agile
  • Great guard dog for family, home, and farm
  • Cons
  • Very big dog
  • Not hypoallergenic
  • Lots of heavy shedding
  • Possible dog aggression
  • Can be very hard-headed
  • Might not be overly playful
  • Might be a big, loud barker
  • Not good for apartment living
  • Highly suspicious of strangers
  • Huge destructive potential if anxious or bored
  • Requires a lot of daily exercise, often constantly

Anatolian Retriever Breed Description

The Anatolian Retriever is not at all a typical hybrid dog, and there seems to be very few around and even less information regarding these dogs. Mating two purebred dogs can result in any ratio of either breed contributing to the litter, and puppies are rarely alike in a litter of hybrid dogs. iIt is most likely that the this mix is produced to calm the more naturally aggressive aspect of the Anatolian.

As both breeds are very intelligent in different ways, there is no doubt that the Anatolian Retriever is a smart dog. They may be headstrong, however, if there is more Anatolian due to this latter breed being all about guarding flocks, herds, and property. Still, as both dogs are accustomed to working on their own, they know how to get the job done once trained.

Anatolian Retrievers are loyal dogs, but they may show it in different ways depending on how much of each parent they inherit. Labrador Retrievers can be loyal in that they are always by your side whereas Anatolians exhibit loyalty by getting their work done whether with or without your presence.

These dogs are very active and require a lot of activity — both physical and mental — to maintain their happiness and health. Anatolians in particular accustomed to long days of constant movement both forward with and constantly encircling their flocks.

Anatolian Retriever Coloring

Labrador Retrievers come in a handful of colors, but Anatolian Shepherd Dogs come in a wide range. Color can vary, too, with most all colors acceptable. Due to this, there is pretty much every dog coat color that the Anatolian Shepherd Golden Retriever mix can be as well as many combinations, patterns, and markings. For the most part, Anatolians tend to be lighter in color to blend in with the sheep and other animals they guard. Labrador Retrievers can be light brown to solid black. There is no comprehensive list of colors that Anatolian Retrievers come in, but below is a list that names some of them.

  • Fawn
  • Pinto
  • White
  • Black
  • White
  • Liver
  • Brindle
  • Red fawn
  • Chocolate
  • Blue fawn
  • Gray fawn

Anatolian Retriever Health

Because there are no formal studies or even books or Web sites regarding this apparently newly introduced mixed breed dog, there is not much regarding the health profile either. Due to this, you should study very carefully the typical health problems of both parent breeds. Anatolians and Labradors are sturdy dogs with few problems, but there are heritable and other issues that can pop up.

Below is a list of possible health problems that the Anatolian Retriever might run into:

  • Bloat
  • Cancer
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Entropion
  • Distichiasis
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Skin infections
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Patellar luxation
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Chronic allergies
  • Demodectic mange
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Tricuspid valve dysplasia
  • Exercise-induced collapse
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)

The average lifespan of the Anatolian Retriever is 11 to 14 years.

  • Allergies
  • Bloat
  • Cancer
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Diabetes
  • Distichiasis
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Entropion
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Obesity
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Skin Infections
  • View all 12...