F.C.I. Breed Standard for the
Anatolian Shepherd Dog
- As accepted by:
Shepherd Dogs International, Inc.
- Federation Cynologique
- Active breed originally used as a guard dog for
sheep: hard-working; capable of enduring extremes
of heat and cold.
- Group 2 (Molossian Type) Section 2.2 (Mountain
- Short Historical Survey:
- The Anatolian Shepherd is a shepherd's guard dog
of ancient lineage, probably descended from the
large hunting dogs existing in Mesopotamia. The
breed has evolved over the ages to suit a
specific set of circumstances. Of these, the most
formative are the climate - hot and very dry
summers, very cold winters - the people's
lifestyle - settled, semi- and wholly nomadic -
and the work assigned to the dogs. They guard
flocks travelling great distances on the Central
Anatolian Plateau. They stay out whatever the
weather may be.
- General Appearance:
- Large, upstanding, tall, powerfully built
livestock guarding dog with broad strong head and
dense double coat.Must have size and stamina.
Capable of great speed.
- Important Proportions:
- Foreface slightly shorter than skull.
- Steady and bold, without aggression, naturally
independent, very intelligent and tractable.
Proud and confident. Loyal and affectionate to
their owners, but wary of strangers when mature.
- Large, but in proportion to the body, broad
between the ears, slightly domed, with a slight
stop. Mature males have a broader head than
- Seen from above almost rectangular. Profile
blunt, tapering very slightly to end.
- Black, except in livers, where it is brown.
- Very slightly pendulous, black edged. Edge of
upper lip not lower than the profile of the
underjaw. Tight lip corners.
- Teeth strong with a perfect scissors bite, i.e.
the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower
teeth and set square to the jaw. Complete
- Rather small in proportion to the size of the
skull, set well apart, deep set, showing no haw.
Golden to brown in color according to coat color.
Eye rims black except in livers.
- Medium sized, triangular in shape, rounded at
tip, pendant with front edge held close to the
cheek, higher when alert.
- Slightly arched, powerful, muscular, moderate in
length, rather thick. Slight dewlap.
- Powerful, well muscled, never fat.
- Rather short in proportion to leg length,
horizontal, slightly arched over loins.
- With the belly is well tucked up.
- Deep to point of elbow, ribs well sprung, ribcage
- Long, reaching to hock, set on rather high, when
relaxed carried with slight curl; when alert
carried high and curled over back, especially
- Well muscled, oblique.
- Set well apart, straight and well boned; of good
- Close to sides, free moving.
- Strong, slightly sloping when viewed from side.
- Strong, with thick pads and well arched toes.
- Powerful, not overloaded with muscles. Hindlegs
vertical when seen from rear.
- Good turn of stifle.
- Very noticeable level line of body, head and neck
when walking, movement even, supple and long
reaching, giving the impression of stalking, with
great power. Pacing is acceptable at slow speed.
Mincing or hackney action highly undesirable.
- Short or half-long, dense, with thick undercoat.
Great variations in length according to climate.
Longer and thicker at neck, shoulders and thighs.
The coat tends to be longer in winter.
- All colors acceptable.
- Size and Weight at maturity:
29 - 32 in. (74 - 81cm) at shoulder
28 - 31 in. (71 - 79 cm) at shoulder
110 - 143 lbs. (50 - 65 kg)
88 - 120 lbs. (40 -55 kg)
- Any departure from the foregoing points should be
considered a fault.
- Serious Specific Faults:
- Low to the ground, heavy and slow, too massive,
too light in build, whippety; flat skull; hackney
action, mincing gait, stiffness. Coat too long
- Muzzle too short (one third or less of total
length of head); coat: very short and smooth,
devoid of undercoat; overshot or undershot; incapable
of guarding livestock.
- Male animals should have two apparently normal
testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
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