The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a native of Turkey, where he was developed as a shepherd’s companion and livestock guardian.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Anatolian Shepherd Dog.
1) Ancient History
Artifacts dating back to 2000 B.C. describe a dog in the Anatolian region that fits the description of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog: large and strong with a heavy head. The "Book of Job," which is set in Turkey and dates back to 1800 B.C., describes these large dogs living among the flocks.
2) Guarding Flocks
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a livestock guardian dog, meaning he is in charge of watching over a flock and protecting the defenseless animals from predators. In modern-day Turkey, where the breed originated, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are still used to guard flocks and property.
3) Dominant Dogs
Anatolian Shepherds are not casual pets. They are dominant, self-reliant dogs who will try to manage everyone and everything unless you are an assertive leader who knows how to instill respect.
Anatolian Shepherds need extensive exposure to friendly people so they learn to recognize the normal behaviors of "good guys." Then they can recognize the difference when someone acts abnormally. Without careful socialization, they are likely to be suspicious of everyone.
5) Independent Survivors
Anatolians are extremely independent. They often had to find their own food, so they survived by hunting gophers and other small animals. Their instinct is to take care of themselves and the flock without needing instruction.
6) Movie Star
These giant dogs are no Jack Russells, but they have managed to land some coveted roles. Butch, the leader in the movie Cats & Dogs, was played by an Anatolian shepherd. The breed was also seen in Friends With Benefits and Kate & Leopold. The 2014 Turkish movie Sivas centered on an Anatolian shepherd and its bond with a young boy. The foreign film was submitted as the Turkish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, but didn’t get the nomination.
Anatolian Shepherds have a deep, booming bark which they use freely, especially at night when they are most vigilant. You should really live on a farm or ranch away from close neighbors.
8) Saving Cheetahs
Anatolians have been aiding in the cheetah conservation effort in Namibia since 1994. One of the reasons the cheetah population declined so significantly was that ranchers were killing cheetahs to protect their livestock. So Namibia's Cheetah Conservation Fund started a program to encourage ranchers to use Anatolian Shepherd Dogs to protect their flocks, reducing the need to kill cheetahs. The Anatolians have reduced livestock losses by 80 to 100 percent on farms with guard dogs, and the strategy has been extremely beneficial to the cheetah conservation effort.
Anatolian Shepherd Dog” do not suit living in apartment or tiny accommodations. They are suited for houses with big yards so that they can run around and get the necessary exercises they need. Confining the Shepherd Dog in a small space will stress it out. The best way is to take the Shepherd Dog running and take it for a lot of mountain exercises.
This is one big dog! The Anatolian Shepherd Dog varies in weight, tipping the scales anywhere from 80 to 150 pounds. Females average in with a weight of 100 pounds, while males average a weight of 130.