Anatolian (Karabash) Shepherd Dog Information

The Anatolian is a muscular breed. They’ve got thick necks, broad heads, as well as sturdy bodies. Their lips are tight to their muzzle and they’ve got triangular in shape drop ears. Males stand 26 – 31 inches. Females are between 27 to 30 inches. They weigh somewhere between 90 and 150 pounds (41 to 68 kg), with females on the smaller side and males on the bigger side. The coat can be any colour, though most commonly seen are white cream, “sesame,” and white with large coloured spots which do not cover in excess of 30% of the body. Often called piebald, these colours might or might not be accompanied by a black mask and/or ears. You’ll find very similar dogs in middle asia. Turks brought in 70 million sheep along with them when they came to Anatolia, which in turn meant that they had many shepherd dogs with them. There are numerous varieties of yoruk dogs in anatolia. Turks call these types of dogs in accordance with the way they look: ala,boz, karabash; the Karabash is the one recognised by the Kennel Club.


The Karabash is large, powerful and a true guardian of livestock. His teeth meet in scissor bite but a level bite is just about acceptable. His head is within balance to his body, his pendant ears are placed not higher than the plane of head. Eyes are almond-shaped of medium size and are dark brown or amber, depending on his coat colour. He has a fairly thick, slightly arched, powerful neck. His top-line is straight and level with a slight rise over the loin; tail-set is slightly high on with the tail reaching down to the hock. The Karabash’s has a double coat with the most popular colour being Fawn, with a black facemask though other acceptable colours are brindle and pinto.


Anatolian Shepherds are generally healthy, but like all breeds, they’re prone to certain health conditions. Not all Anatolian Shepherds will get any or all of these diseases, but it’s important to be aware of them if you’re considering this breed.

This is an inherited condition in which the thighbone doesn’t fit snugly into the hip joint. Some dogs show pain and lameness on one or both rear legs, but others don’t display outward signs of discomfort. (X-ray screening is the most certain way to diagnose the problem.) Either way, arthritis can develop as the dog ages. Dogs with hip dysplasia should not be bred — so if you’re buying a puppy, ask the breeder for proof that the parents have been tested for hip dysplasia and are free of problems.
Similar to hip dysplasia, this is also a degenerative disease. It’s believed to be caused by abnormal growth and development, which results in a malformed and weakened joint. The disease varies in severity: the dog could simply develop arthritis, or he could become lame. Treatment includes surgery, weight management, medical management, and anti-inflammatory medication.
Also called demodicosis, this malady is caused by the demodex mite. The mite can’t be passed to humans or other dogs; only the mother can pass this mite to her pups, which usually happens in their first few days of life. Demodex mites live in hair follicles and usually don’t cause any problems. If your dog has a weakened or compromised immune system, however, it can develop demodectic mange. This disorder can be localized, occurring as patches of red, scaly, skin with hair loss on the head, neck and forelegs. It’s thought of as a puppy disease and often clears up on its own. The generalized form covers the entire body and affects older puppies and young adult dogs. In either case, you should take your dog to the vet for a checkup and treatment.
This is a disorder of the thyroid gland. It’s thought to be responsible for conditions such as epilepsy, alopecia (hair loss), obesity, lethargy, hyperpigmentation, pyoderma, and other skin conditions. It is treated with medication and diet.
Entropion: Entropion is the inward rolling of the eyelid, which usually affects the lower eyelids of both eyes. It is irritating and causes impairment of vision. It generally occurs before a dog turns a year old, but treatment should be held off until the dog reaches adulthood. Treatment consists of multiple surgeries performed over time so that the dog isn’t at risk for ectropion, which is a rolling out of the eyelid.