The Anatolian Shepherd o Anatolian Mastiff, also known as Karabash (black head in Turkish) It is a breed of dog of the Anatolia region in the center of Turkey.
The Anatolian Shepherd is descended from the ancient cattle dogs migrated with the transhumance for defending the flocks of sheep from wolves, jackals, bears and even cheetahs.
It is likely that this breed existed ago 6.000 years in Mesopotamia. These dogs are known as Çoban Köpeği (herding dog), and after the centuries, developed regional variations.
Over the years 1970, Western dog breeders began to take interest in these dogs and to develop them as modern breeds, documenting their descent from their ancestors and writing breed standards.
The Anatolian Shepherd was imported from central Turkey to Petoria by archaeologist Charmian Hussey. Many Turkish breeders believe that the Anatolian Shepherd is a cross between the Kangal and the Akbash.
The Anatolian Shepherd, is a muscular breed, with a thick, powerful neck, wide head and robust body. His lips are tight in its snout and their ears with triangular and down.
The male measured between 80 and 100 cm. high and the female between 66 and 71 cm. and weigh between 70 and 90 kg.
The mantle It can be several colors but the most common is the “Sesame”, white cream and white with spots of color do not cover more than the 30% your body (type Piebald).
These colors they can be accompanied by a black mask on the face and/or ears. They have a double cloak of eyes hair that needs to be brushed once or twice a month during the warm season due to sweating.
They have a hair very hard on the neck to protect his throat. They seem heavier than you really are, due to his thick neck.
They are large costillares dogs but with small bellies.
The Anatolian Shepherd was developed to be independent and strong, responsible for the guard and capable of carrying out the tasks themselves, without human assistance.
For this reason, as a companion dog should be socialized from a young age and having appropriate company.
Are Smart and they learn fast, but you can choose not to obey, It is not a dog for beginners or masters with little personality.
They are very protectors other existing animal and treated them as his flock.
- Otros nombres: Çoban Köpeği / Karabaş / Akbaş / Karabash / Anatolian Shepherd Dog / Turkish Mountain Dog / Blackhead.
- Group 2 / Section 2 – Molosoides and mountain dogs.
Dogs breeds: Anatolian Shepherd