Breeds of Dogs: Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Breeds of Dogs: Anatolian Shepherd Dog

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Origin, classification and history

Origin: Turkey (Anatolia)
F.C.I classification: Group 2 - pinscher, schnauzer, molossoid and Swiss cattle dogs.

Like all molossoids, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog (Anatolian Karabash - Kangal) is considered a breed of ancient origins, probably from the East. Many archaeological excavations have brought to light finds of large Molossians that the people of Mesopotamia used in those times for hunting and fighting. This breed is depicted in many bas-reliefs dating back many centuries before Christ. Many archaeological evidence would make him descend from the great "Tibet Mastiff". This dog accompanied the Janissaries, who were an Ottoman body of chosen men who was made up of Muhammad the conqueror in the 14th century. This breed remained practically unknown until 1965. In this year the first breed club was founded in Britain and its first official standard was drawn up. The breed in Italy is not entirely unknown.

General aspect

Large dog, morphologically classified as Molossian type. Large, imposing, tall, imposing, well-muscled dog with a large and heavy head. It has a short and thick hair. Size, speed and endurance are essential for this breed.


It is a reactive dog, originally used for guarding flocks; hard worker. It is a breed capable of enduring intense heat and cold. Balanced, courageous but not aggressive breed, naturally independent, very intelligent and therefore very easy to train. Proud and confident dog.

Anatolian Shepherd Dog (photo

Anatolian Shepherd Dog (photo

Puppy of Anatolian Shepherd Dog


- males between 74 and 81 cm
- females between 71 and 79 cm.
- males from 50 to 64 kg
- females from 41 to 59 kg.

Trunk: chest descended to the tip of the elbows; ribs wide open. Powerful, muscular trunk, never fat. Back rather short in proportion to the length of the limbs, slightly arched to the loins; never low on limbs.
Head and muzzle: large head, wide between the ears, with not very accentuated nose-frontal jump. Adult males must have a wider head than females. Muzzle equal to 1/3 of the total length of the head. Slightly sagging black lips. Squared profile. Black lips.
Truffle: black except for brown red.
Teeth: robust, regular and complete teeth, with perfect scissor bite of the incisors.
Neck: slightly arched, powerful, muscular, of moderate length, rather large. Slight dewlap.
Ears: medium in size and triangular in shape, rounded on the tip, flat on the skull and hanging; they tend to rise when the dog is alert.
Eyes: rather small in proportion to the skull, well spaced and deep. Golden to brown color. Black eyelids except in the brown reds.
Limbs: front well spaced, straight and with good bone; good length; robust pastures, slightly inclined seen from the side. Elbows close to the hips. Powerful hindquarters, lighter than the front limbs; well-angled fat. Sturdy feet, with arched toes. Short nails.
Shoulder: muscular and inclined.
Gait: trunk, head and neck aligned during movement, so as to give an impression of stealth and power. Exchange allowed.
Musculature: very well developed and evident.
Tail: long at least until the hock. Attacked rather high.
Hair: short and thick with thick undercoat. Slightly longer and thicker on the neck and shoulders.
Allowed colors: all colors are accepted.
Most common defects: prognathism, enognatism, non-standard measures, insufficiently developed musculature, frail dog, too light bone, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, narrow head, nose-frontal jump too marked, incorrect gait, defective rear end.

curated by Vinattieri Federico -

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