A large, powerful,
the Anatolian can stand up to 32 inches at the shoulder and weigh 150
pounds. His weatherproof coat may be any length from short and smooth to
long and rough. It comes in white and black, fawn, brindle, or tri-colour.
Used to travelling great distances with his charges, the adult Anatolian
Shepherd is hardy, brave, and can exist on very little food.
The Anatolian Shepherd is
always alert and watchful. Anything out of the ordinary, no matter how
trivial, is viewed with suspicion and investigated. Fiercely loyal
and possessive of his family and territory, the Anatolian Shepherd does
not make friends with strangers easily. It has been said that he prefers a
formal introduction as he does not like to be touched by strangers. Bold, confident,
and intelligent, the Anatolian Shepherd learns easily and has a good memory.
He is used to assessing a situation and exercising independent judgment
and action with little or no human direction.
Anatolian Shepherd is not aggressive and in fact exhibits a low prey
drive. His guarding behaviour is one of control rather than attack which
would always be a very last resort. An Anatolian will bark a warning and
then step in the path of a stranger keeping him rooted to the spot.
Anatolians can live indoors happily but also live outside equally well.