Large, rugged and powerful, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a working guard dog, possessing a superior ability to protect livestock. While not a "glamour" breed, the Anatolian's loyalty, independence and hardiness is cherished by breeders and owners.
Links to Breed Descriptions:
The German Kennel Club (Hint: your browser should be able to Translate to English, at least for text (e.g., right click in Google Chrome or Internet Explorer).)
Kangal Shepherd Dog: http://www.sivas.gov.tr/kangal-oban-kopegi
Other Names for Breed:
Anatolian Blackhead (Anadolulu Karabaş)
Chien De Berger D'Anatolie
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club:
Country of origin: Turkey
Health and Well-Being:
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Summary Report of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog Health Survey - Data collected by Anatolian Shepherd Dog Club of America (ASDCA) in partnership with OFA from December 1, 2009 to September 5, 2011.
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
The Kennel Club list of DNA tests available for each breed along with an indication as to whether the test is part of the Assured Breeder Scheme (recommended or required) and whether it is recorded on the Kennel Club registration database.
HGTD Anatolian Shepherd
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Anatolian Shepherd Dog Club (ASDCV)
Anatolian Shepherd Dog Club of New South Wales (ASDNSW)
USA: Anatolian Shepherd Dog Club of America (ASDCA)