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The Anatolian Shepherd has been around for over 4,000 years, yet it’s a breed that very few people have heard about. These working dogs hail from Turkey and have traditionally been used to guard livestock. Today, with its gentle nature and fierce loyalty, Anatolian Shepherds are becoming popular companions and household pets. They’re large, powerful, and take up a lot of space, so are not the pooch for everyone. But if you have the space in your home and your heart, an Anatolian Shepherd will stay loyal and watch over you and your family for all its entire life.

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1. Anatolian Shepherds Are Big

These dogs are big, and you can expect your Anatolian Shepherd to grow to between 28 and 32 inches tall, weighing in at 90-150 pounds. Its head is almost rectangular, and this coupled with great bone structure, and a muscular body gives the Anatolian a stocky appearance. But despite their rugged looks, these gentle giants are amazingly agile. Big brown or black eyes are always alert, giving the Anatolian Shepherd a distinct look of intelligence.

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