a short history

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog (ASD) is one of the most majestic and noble animals working as a livestock guardian dog (LGD), and is still being used in the rural districts of Turkey. Without the aid of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog, the Turkish shepherd would be less able to defend his property and flock from wild animals. 

In Turkey the breed is often called simply, Çoban Kopegi (cho-bawn ko-pay) which translates to “Shepherd’s Dog”. It is a guardian dog, NOT a herding dog, and lives its life in constant association with its sheep or goats, accepted as a member of the flock.

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog has extraordinary speed and agility that enables it to run down a predator with great efficiency. In Turkey, and in some parts of the US, Shepherds equip some of their dogs with impressive iron-spiked collars as protection against attacking animals that grab for the throat.


The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a fiercely loyal dog that demonstrates a possessive attitude towards family, property, livestock, and sometimes whatever he grows up around/can see/hear/smell. He is suspicious of strangers and can be reserved. He is often assertive, demanding and determined. This breed must be SOCIALIZED.

Anatolian puppies have not yet come fully into their guardian natures and its most often when they hit their teenage years that new owners are surprised to find that their sweet puppy truly fits the Anatolian breed type.

is an ASD good with children

The ASD is affectionate with family and likes well-behaved children. He does not recognize children as authority figures and may be protective of his child. This means that rough housing between children is not encouraged as the ASD is not likely to approve and might intervene. Supervision of children around an ASD is encouraged due to the dog’s large size and temperament. Frisbee and retrieving a ball is not the Anatolian’s idea of fun and tug-of-war games should never be encouraged. An older dog not previously raised with children should not be assumed to be tolerant of them.

is an asd good with other animals

Proper introduction to other dogs, cats and farm animals is critical to a positive relationship. The ASD likes to be top dog. The introduction period may take several days or weeks.

physical characteristics

At full maturity males can weigh between 110 and 150 pounds and females between 80 to 120 pounds. The most common color is fawn with black mask and black ears. Other colors include gray fawn, biscuit & white, white, red fawn, liver, brindle and blue fawn. There are also various markings besides the black mask, such as no mask, silver mask, dutch markings, pinto, pinto w/black mask, and brown mask.

The Anatolian coat length ranges from short to a rough (long) coat. The breed can endure extremes of temperature and terrain. They do not drool. The breed sheds heavily twice a year and a little bit all of the time. They may dig large holes in the yard to keep cool in the summer. The ASD possesses both extraordinary speed and agility.

who should own an asd

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog requires an owner who can be a strong, positive leader. Ownership of an Anatolian Shepherd Dog requires a great responsibility. If you have close neighbors who will not tolerate barking, this will not be the breed for you.


Anatolians are intelligent and independent. That combination makes them a bit challenging to train, so obedience work is a necessity. Anatolians are NOT good off leash dogs. Schutzhund (protection or bite) training should never be done with this breed.

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