Anatolian Shepherd Dog (ASD) History

Anatolian Shepherd Dog (ASD) History

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a breed of dog which originated in Anatolia (central Turkey.) It is referred to as an Anatolian Wolf Dog and it is believed that this breed is a member of the Spitz family of dogs.

This family of dogs are also often referred to as "Ezzers" by their admirers. The AKC recognizes this breed as a breed in modern Turkey and an Anatolian Shepherd Dog. However they do not recognize the Turkey markings on the head as a mark but according to the breed standard they should have the thicker bump above the eyes.

Appearance This is a large impressive breed. The skull is solid and stands proud and long which gives this dog its look of being regal and protectively readyguard. The muzzle is equal in length to the skull and is rather broad and is equal in width to the skull which joins onto the jaw. The lips are tight and the head is ponderous and looks deeper into the eyes than it really is. The Anatolian Shepherd Dog should have a thick neck which is neither too long nor too short. It should have a fair amount of ruff and hair on the neck. The legs are straight and muscular ending with cat like feet that are webbed. The colours can be any shade of wolf's wine' beige, grey, red, sable, white, black and tan, all of these colours can interspers in different proportions. Height of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog is measured at approximately 25-28 inches. It should weigh between 90-itted pounds.

History of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog The Anatolian Shepherd Dog comes from a section of Turkey which is populated by Anatolian Shepherd Dogs. It is believed that these dogs are a mix of breeds - this will include - Dhornish, mendez and kalvet.

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is thought to have its origins in asia Minor.

These dogs were owned by the hill people of the region and dealt with very tough times. With nowhere to live and nowhere to go these dogs were treated worse than any other livestock. Shepherds would take these dogs out for hunting and as security, in which they prove themselves quite valuable.

These dogs are bred in Turkey and it is where the colours come into play. It can be any shade of wolf's wine, but should always have a silvery layer on the tail and legs, and a single silver tip on the tip of the tail.

This breed is an outstanding family dog, highly intelligent and full of energy. They are loyal and loving, but regal in their bearing. This is a breed that does not show fear or nervousness and this is why they are so often used as guard dogs. They show a level of dignity and can show a modest dignified manner with a big stick. They are an intelligent breed, alert and interested in their surroundings, this makes them great at home and even when away from home.

They are frequently described as gregarious and loyal and will make excellent friends with everyone. They are a lovely sight to behold and offer a loving companion that will receive and give enough attention to everyone that needs it. At times though they can be rather willful and that may lead them to be a bit naughty, that is why it is important to show them who is boss.

They make a great study for a pet portrait

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog can be quite shy and fickle.They do tend to be a one person dog and will bond with one person although two-person bonding is uncommon.

They don't like to be left alone and when they are they are very protective and instinctive.

They also drool a lot and snore loudly. Sometimes they can be a bit stubborn and since they are quite a large breed you need to show them that you are the leader.

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