Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

United Kennel Club

Anatolian Shepherd Dog

(Coban Köpegi)

Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Anatolian Shepherd


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
UKC
Guardian Dog

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.
UKC
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 lifestyles (from settled to semi- and wholly nomadic), and the work assigned to the dogs. They guard flocks traveling great distances on the Central Anatolian Plateau, staying out through all weather conditions. The Anatolian Shepherd was recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 1993.

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.
UKC
The Anatolian Shepherd is a large, upstanding, powerfully built livestock guarding dog that is capable of great speed. The head is broad and strong, and the double coat is dense in cooler climates. Size and stamina are imperative. A sound, structurally correct dog demonstrating efficiency of movement always takes precedence. Serious Faults: Low to the ground. Heavy and slow. Too massive. Too light in build, whippety.

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.
UKC
The Anatolian Shepherd is an active, hard-working breed that’s original function was as a flock-guarding dog for sheep. It is capable of enduring extremes of heat and cold. They are always steady and bold, without aggression. The breed is naturally independent, very intelligent and tractable. In manner, they are proud and confident, although reserved and unenthusiastic about show ring exhibition. They are loyal and affectionate to their owners, but are wary of strangers when mature.

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.
UKC
The large skull is in proportion to the body. It is broad between the ears and slightly domed; mature males have a broader head than females. The stop is slight.

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.
UKC
The nose is black, except in liver-colored dogs, 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.
UKC
The foreface (muzzle) is always slightly shorter than the skull. When seen from above, it is almost rectangular. Its profile is blunt, tapering very slightly to the end. The black-edged lips are very slightly pendulous. The lip corners are tight. The edge of the upper lip is not lower than the profile of the underjaw.

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.
UKC
A full complement of strong, white teeth meet in a perfect scissors bite, with the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaw.

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.
UKC
The eyes are rather small in proportion to the size of the skull. They are set well apart and deep in their sockets, showing no haw. They are golden to brown in color, according to coat color. Eye rims are black, except in liver-colored dogs, where they are brown.

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.
UKC
The medium size ears are triangular in shape and rounded at the tips. They are dropped (pendant) in type, with the front edge held close to the cheek. They are held higher when the dog is alert. Dogs imported from Turkey often have ears almost completely removed by cropping.

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.
UKC
The muscular, powerful neck is rather thick. It is slightly arched and moderate in length. There is a 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.
UKC
The well-muscled, powerful body is never fat. The backline (from the withers to the set-on of the tail), is relatively level, with a slight arch over the loin. It is rather short in proportion to leg length. The croup is of moderate length and slope. The chest is deep, descending to the point of the elbow. The rib cage is sufficiently long. The ribs are well-sprung. The belly is well-tucked-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.
UKC
The tail is set on rather high. It is long, reaching to the hock. When the dog is relaxed, it is carried low with a slight curl. When the dog is on alert, it is carried high and over the back, especially in 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.
UKC
The sloping (oblique) shoulders are well-muscled.

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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UKC
The straight, well-boned forelegs are of good length and set well apart. The free-moving elbows are close to the sides. The strong pasterns slope slightly when viewed from the side.

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.
UKC
The strong feet have thick pads and well-arched toes. The nails are 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.
UKC
The hindquarters are powerful, but are not overloaded with muscles.

Thigh

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FCI
Long.

Stifle

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FCI
Good turn of stifle.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
Viewed from the rear, the hind legs are vertical. The upper and lower thighs are long.

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.
UKC
At a walk, the topline (from the point where the neck joins the head to the set-on of the tail), is noticeably level with the head and neck; movement is even, supple and long-reaching, with great power - giving the impression of stalking. Pacing is acceptable at slow speed.

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.
UKC
The breed is double-coated. The outer coat is short or half-long and dense. The undercoat is thick. The coat is longer and thicker at the neck, shoulders and thighs. It tends to be longer in winter. There are great variations in length, influenced by climate. However, a very short, smooth coat and/or one that is totally devoid of undercoat is a disqualification.

COLOUR

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

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).
UKC
Ideal height and weight ranges apply to mature dogs. Height range, measured at the top of the shoulder (withers): males, 29 to 32 inches; bitches, 27.5 to 31 inches. Weight range: males, 110 to 143 pounds (50 to 65 kg); bitches, 88 to 120 pounds (40 to 55 kg).

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.
UKC

Skull: Flat skull.
Coat: Coat too long and hanging.
Gait: Mincing gait. Hackney action. Stiffness.

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.
UKC

Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Extreme viciousness or shyness. A too short muzzle; one-third or less of the total length of the head. A very short, smooth coat. A coat totally devoid of undercoat. Overshot bite. Undershot bite. A dog incapable of guarding livestock. Albinism.
Muzzle: A too short muzzle; one-third or less of the total length of the head.
Teeth: Overshot bite. Undershot bite.
Coat: A very short, smooth coat. A coat totally devoid of undercoat.
Color: Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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