Breed description: Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Origin: Turkey
GroupMolossers, Pinschers and Schnauzers
Height: Dogs: 74-80 cm; bitches: 71-78 cm
Weight: Dogs: 50-68 kg; bitches: 41-59 kg
ColourWhite, cream to golden yellow with a black mask and black ears.

Dealing with children

Dealing with other dogs

Dealing with other animals


The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a very old breed, originating from Asia Minor. It is also called Karabash, which means "black mask".
This fast and powerful dog was used as a guard dog for the herds rather than a sheepdog. It protected the group from the attacks of wolves.
It is related to the Central European Mastiffs.
He was also used for centuries as a fighting dog during the wars. His toughness and tirelessness helped him in this regard.


The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is not a dog for beginners. It needs a calm, confident owner who knows how to handle this dog consistently, but also approaches it with love and can give it motivating training.
This dog has a very independent and hard character. Therefore, it does not always listen well. You need to build a relationship of respect and trust with this dog so that there can be few problems.
It is a well-balanced dog that is not aggressive by nature, but knows how to stand its ground when danger threatens. After all, it has a strong sense of territory.
It becomes very attached to its family and is not a problem with its own children and other pets. However, one must be careful, as this large dog can accidentally give the children a good push.
Socialisation is extremely important and should start as early as possible.
This Shepherd Dog becomes an adult late at the age of four years.


The Karabash has a stiff and dense coat. There are two coat types, the first is medium-long and the other is medium-long.
Regular brushing is sufficient. During the moulting season, extra attention must be paid to it.

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