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The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a flock-protecting dog with its origins in Turkey. They are not herding dogs. The Turkish Shepherds' would refer to them as Coban Kopegi which when translated means Shepherd's Dog. Within the area of Kangal they are known as Kangals however some of the locals believe that once the dog has left that area it should no longer be called a Kangal.The Anatolian Shepherd Dog can be seen in Turkey in a variety of colours, as can be seen from pictures on this website of working Anatolians taken on my various visits to Turkey. They range from nearly white through to red, whole coloured and even tri-colour. They are generally known for their distinctive black mask although they can often be seen without the mask and even a reverse mask. The coat is short, thick, and with a dense undercoat.This breed is a large and powerfully built dog and is a formidable animal and with a presence unlike many other breeds. Although, they are normally, a very calm dog they can spring into action without any warning. When alert the tail is normally curled over reaching the dogs back. This is not a breed for the faint hearted. They are a strong willed thinking dog. The Anatolian Shepherd Dog gets under your skin and once they have allowed you to live with them you will find it hard to live without them. It is not a breed for the faint hearted. They are strong willed and a thinking dog. Puppy socialisation is essential to it's character building and the dog it will become. The Anatolian Shepherd Dog does not always tolerate other dogs although is more common with the males.This breed is easy maintenance. They require very little grooming although daily grooming will help to reduce hair shedding throughout the home. They are self-cleaning and bathing is not a necessary requirement. Exercise whilst growing should be little and often. They do like to play and run loose although a secured area is recommended, as sometimes they may not see the need to return to its master when running free. Also, this breed is not usually the type that will fetch a ball all day! You may find yourself doing your own retrieving.This breed does not suffer from any major health issues but in line with the Kennel Club's ethos of "Fit for Function: Fit for Life" it is suggested that prospective puppy owners ask to see both parents (where possible), proof of hip scoring and ensure that health checks have been carried prior to breeding. With good breeding in mind the Kennel Club have set up an Accredited Breeder Scheme, of which we have been members of since 2005, and this scheme monitors the way breeding is carried out and the support given to puppy owners.
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