Jumat, 09 Oktober 2009

All About the Anatolian Shepherd Dog Breed

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog, also referred to as the Anatolian Karabash, is a large dog breed that originated in Turkey. They were bred to guard sheep herds on the Anatolian plateau in Turkey. This breed can grow up to 30 inches tall and can weigh up to 150 pounds when fully grown. They have a double fur coat. Their undercoat is thick and dense and their overcoat is short. The most desirable coat colors for this breed include cream and fawn with black face masks. However, this breed can come in just about any color combination.

Behavior, characteristics and training of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog

This is a very intelligent dog breed that is loyal and protective of its owner. They get along with children as long as the children are a part of their family, or as long as they are familiar and have been introduced to the dog. Their instincts for guarding sheep can be easily translated to protecting your home and family. Because of this and their size, they make a great guard dog and watch dog.

Regular health care and grooming for the Anatolian Shepherd Dog

To care for this breed you will need to brush its coat daily to keep it clean and tangle free. This dog needs a lot of exercise and large areas to run around in freely. Because they are an intelligent breed they also need mental stimulation as well to stay happy and healthy. If cared for properly they can live up to 15 years.

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