Originally bred in Turkey as both a companion for shepherds and a guard of livestock. This large breed working dog was also bred to resemble the animals it guarded so it could not be seen by approaching predators. Bold, courageous, confident, and intensely loyal these dogs respond well to complex, rigorous training. Young socialization is essential for these dogs that weigh up to 150, mature. They are not unfriendly, but as a mechanism of their breeding, they meet strangers with reserve.
1. Anatolian Shepherds 101 – Information, Personality and Characteristics
2. Anatolian Shepherd Temperament and Training
3. Anatolian Shepherd Diet and Feeding
Anatolian Shepherd Diet
Puppies: Low Fat (~16%), High Fiber (15%), Medium Moisture (13%), 94% Dry Matter, (3800 Kcal)
Adults: High Fat (~16%), High Fiber (15%), Medium Moisture (13%), 94% Dry Matter, (3800 Kcal)
Anatolian Shepherd Weight
Anatolian Shepherds generally gain: 2 Pounds per week until 26 weeks old.
Hip dysplasia is a common problem with Anatolian Shepherds. Make sure your dog isn’t overweight.
A Anatolian Shepherd with healthy weight will not have any ribs visible. You should be able to run your hands along their side and feel the indivgidual ribs.
*All target numbers are approximate averages. Every dog’s dietary needs and weights will be different. Take into account pregnant or nursing dogs.