Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Anatolian Shepherd Dog

(Coban Köpegi)

Anatolian Shepherd Dog


ORIGIN

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FCI
Anatolia.

PATRONAGE

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FCI
FCI.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
31.10.2016.
KC
October 2009

UTILISATION

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FCI
Shepherd Dog used for guarding sheep. Active breed originally used as a guard dog for sheep; hard working; capable of enduring extremes of heat and cold.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 2Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid
Section 2.2Molossoid breeds, Mountain type
Without working trial

KC
Pastoral

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
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 peoples’ life-style- settled, semi- and wholly nomad – 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

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FCI
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.
KC
Large upstanding, tall, powerfully built, with broad, heavy head and short dense coat. Must have size, stamina and speed.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI
Foreface slightly shorter than skull.
KC
Active breed used originally as a guard dog for sheep; hard working; capable of enduring extremes of heat and cold.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Steady and bold without aggression, naturally independent, very intelligent and tractable. Proud and confident. Loyal and affectionate to owners, but wary of strangers when on duty.
KC
Steady and bold without aggression, naturally independent, very intelligent. Proud and confident.

HEAD

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KC
Skull large, broad and flat between ears. Slight furrow between eyes and slight stop. Mature males have broader head than females. Foreface one- third of total head length. Slightly pendulous black lips. Square profile. Nose black.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Large, but in proportion to body, broad between ears, slightly domed. Mature males have broader head than females.

Stop

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FCI
Slight.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Black, except in livers, where it is brown.

Muzzle

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FCI
Seen from above almost rectangular. Profile blunt, tapering very slightly to end.
KC
Teeth strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Lips black.

Lips

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FCI
Very slightly pendulous, black-edged. Edge of upper lip not lower than the profile of the underjaw. Corner of mouth tight.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Teeth strong, with a perfect scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaw. Complete dentition.

Eyes

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FCI
Rather small in proportion to size of skull, set well apart, showing no haw. Golden to brown in colour according to coat colour. Eye rims black except in livers.
KC
Relatively small in proportion to size of skull, set well apart and deep, showing no haw. Golden to brown in colour. Eye rims black.

Ears

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FCI
Medium sized, triangular in shape, rounded at tip, pendant with front edge close to cheek, higher when alert.
KC
Medium-sized, triangular in shape, rounded at tip, carried flat to skull and pendant, higher when alert.

NECK

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FCI
Slightly arched, powerful, muscular, moderate in length, rather thick. Slight dewlap.
KC
Slightly arched, powerful, muscular, moderate in length, rather thick. Slight dewlap.

BODY

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FCI
Powerful, well muscled, never flat sided.
KC
Chest deep to point of elbow, ribs well sprung. Body powerful, well muscled, never fat. Level back. Body in proportion to leg length, slightly arched over loins, with good tuck-up.

Topline

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FCI
Horizontal, slightly arched over loins.

Back

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FCI
Rather short in proportion to leg length.

Loin

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FCI
Slightly arched.

Chest

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FCI
Deep to point of elbow; ribs well sprung, ribcage sufficiently long.

Underline and belly

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FCI
Belly well tucked up.

TAIL

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FCI
Long, reaching to hock, set on rather high, when relaxed carried low with slight curl; when alert carried high and curled over back, especially by males.
KC
Long, reaching at least to hock. Set on rather high. When relaxed carried low with slight curl, when alert carried high with end curled over back, especially by males.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Set well apart straight and well boned; of good length.
KC
Shoulders well muscled and sloping. Forelegs set well apart, straight and well boned; of good length; strong pasterns, slightly sloping when viewed from side. Elbows close to sides.

Shoulder

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FCI
Well muscled, oblique.

Elbow

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FCI
Close to sides, free moving.

FORELEGS

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Pastern

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FCI
Strong, slightly sloping when viewed from side.

FEET

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KC
Strong feet with well arched toes. Nails short.

Forefeet

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FCI
Strong, with thick pads and well arched toes. Nails short.

Hind feet

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FCI
As Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Powerful, not overloaded with muscles. Hind legs vertical when seen from rear.
KC
Powerful, lighter than forequarters; moderate turn of stifle.

Thigh

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FCI
Long.

Stifle

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FCI
Good turn of stifle.

HIND LEGS

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GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Very noticeable level line of body, head and neck when walking, movement even, supple and long reaching, giving impression of stalking, with great power. Pacing acceptable at slow speed.
KC
Relaxed even gait, with impression of latent power, very supple movement. Noticeable straight line of head, neck and body, giving impression of stalking in some dogs. Great drive when viewed from side.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Short or half-long, dense, with thick undercoat. Great variations in coat length according to climate. Longer and thicker on neck, shoulders and thighs. The coat tends to be longer in winter.
KC
Short, dense with thick undercoat. Flat, close-lying, neither fluffy nor wavy. Slightly longer and thicker at neck, shoulders and tail; no feathering on ears or legs.

COLOUR

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FCI
All colours acceptable.
KC
All colours acceptable, with or without black mask and black ears.

SIZE

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KC
Height: dogs: 74-81 cms (29-32 ins) at the shoulders; bitches: 71-79 cms (28-31 ins). Weight: mature dogs: 50-64 kgs (110-141 lbs); bitches: 41-59 kgs (90-130 lbs).

Height at withers

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FCI
Males 74 – 81 cms Females 71 – 79 cms

Weight

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FCI

Mature males 50 – 65 kgs
Mature Females 40 – 55 kgs

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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FCI

  • Low to ground, heavy and slow, too massive; too light in build.
  • Flat skull.
  • Hackney action, mincing gait, stiffness.
  • Coat too long and hanging.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
  • Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
  • Overshot or undershot bite.
  • Muzzle too short (one third of the total length of head).
  • Coat very short and smooth, devoid of undercoat.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.