- Other names:
- Anadolulu Karabas
- Perro De Pastor De Anatolia
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[Pronunciation: Ann-uh-TOE-lee-uhn shehp-ird]
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a large-sized dog of the Mastiff type that originated in Turkey. Developed thousands of years ago by nomadic tribesmen to be protectors of livestock and property, Anatolian Shepherds are bold, courageous, and often known for their instinct to protect both people and animals. They require moderate maintenance (little grooming or training and moderate exercise), and are considered quite healthy.
Overall, dogs of this breed are excellent livestock or property guardians; while they can also be good family pets, they will require a lot of socialization, and supervision around strangers (as the protective nature may come out).