Anatolian Shepherd (or Karabash)

Originating from Turkey, the Anatolian Shepherd are members of the Mastiff family. Unlike other herding breeds, their nomadic owners used them more for guarding and protection and they were made to live outdoors in the extremes of temperatures.

In both Turkey and Australia it has been found that this dog works well with goats and sheep. They are tough and hardy and get along well with other dogs, although they are not always good domestic pets as their independent nature and devotion as a herder has been known to cause them to attack their owners if the dog feels they are a threat to the herd.


The Anatolian Shepherd has a large and powerfully built, with broad strong head and dense double coat. Their coat is generally fawn or cream in colour with a black mask on the face. They are capable of great speed.


Up to 80cm at the shoulder


Male up to 65kg. Female up to 55kg.


9 - 15 years


The Anatolian Shepherd is a very intelligent breed with a steady, bold, confident and proud outlook. They are naturally independent and are loyal and affectionate to their owners but wary of strangers when mature. They are best suited for working and utility dogs.


Weekly brushing and bath when necessary is recommended.


Moderate but regular exercise is recommended.


For the latest research in breed-related problems in the Anatolian Shepherds, visit the University of Sydney's LIDA (Listing of Inherited Disorders in Animals) website.