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Common Questions about the Breed

WHEN IS AN ANATOLIAN CONSIDERED MATURE?

👉The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a slow maturing breed and may not reach his full weight and stature until 4 years of age. In the first year, puppies grow rapidly.

WHAT IS AN ANATOLIAN'S TYPICAL LIFESPAN?

👉The average lifespan of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog is between 11-13 years. The nature and demeanor of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog make him truly one of the rare large breed dogs with an extended lifespan.

HOW DO MALES AND FEMALES DIFFER?

👉There is little difference between the male and female when it comes to guarding ability or the degree of affection shown. Male Anatolians take longer to mature than the females.

WHAT SPECIFIC HEALTH PROBLEMS OCCUR?

👉Anatolian are sturdy and not prone to any particular diseases. Hip dysplasia is not yet a serious problem in the breed but breeders should be conscientious about x-raying their breeding stock and submitting those x-rays for certification.

Bloat is still rare in the breed. However, as with any large- chested breed the potential for developing bloat exists.

WILL ALL ANATOLIANS BE EFFECTIVE AT GUARDING LIVESTOCK?

👉While many Anatolian Shepherd Dogs in the United States are carrying on the tradition of their ancestors by guarding flocks of sheep and goats successfully on ranches and small farms. It is an incorrect assumption to think that all Anatolian Shepherds will protect livestock. All dogs will work, but in a variety of ways.

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