Breed standard

FCIIn Europe the Anatolian Shepherd Dogs is registered under the standard FCI Coban Köpegi (331) (Anatolian Shepherd Dog). In Czech language the standard is published on the pages of the Czech-Moravian Kennel Union (CMKU) „Breeds – standards“ here, find transcript at the end of the page.

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is registered by the following institutions:

  • Europe: Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) - Coban Köpegi (331) (the Anatolian Shepherd Dog), find the standard here.
  • Australia: Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) – the Anatolian Shepherd Dog, find the standard here.
  • New Zealand: New Zealand Kennel Club (NZKC) – the Anatolian Shepherd Dog, find the standard here.
  • USA: American Kennel Club (AKC) – the Anatolian Shepherd Dog was recognized on 1.6.1996, find the standard here.
  • USA: United Kennel Club (UKC) – the Anatolian Shepherd, find the standard here.
  • Great Britain: The Kennel Club (KC) – the Anatolian Shepherd Dog, Great Britain, find the standard here.

The Standard in wording published by the Czech-Moravian Kennel Union



USE: This breed originally served for guarding flocks of sheep; it is a very tough dog, who does his job in hot as well as in cold weather.

CLASSIFICATION: group II –   Pinschers and schanuzers, molossus and Swiss shepherd dogs, 2.2 „Mountain dogs“, without performance test.

BRIEF HISTORICAL OVERVIEW: the Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a guardian dog, whose past is very long. His origin probably goes back to the large hunting breeds of the Mesopotamia. The presented breed adapted to the new living conditions in the course of time. The most important conditions of his living environment is the climate – hot and very dry summer and very cold winter -, the way of people´s life – setteled or nomadic -, and work, which was done by the dogs. The presented breed guards flocks which cross great distances on the plains of Anatolia.  Regardless the vagaries of the weather they live in the open air.

GENERAL IMPRESSION: Mighty guardian upstanding dog of a big frame, robust physique, strong head and dense double coat. He must be big and endurable. He is able to move at a high speed.

IMPORTANT SIZES: The length of muzzle is somewhat smaller than the length of the skull.

CHARACTER: equitable and brave, with any agressiveness, independent, very intelligent and leading. Proud and trustworthy. Towards their masters they are very friendly and loyal. However, adult dogs are distrustful to strange people.

HEAD:  crown of the head: big, however in the corect proportion to the whole body, the skull is wide between the ears and slightly arched. The adult males possess broader heads than females. The stop is only slightly pronounced. The muzzle from the top view is almost square, blunt profile; the muzzle narrows towards its top only a little. The nose is black, in liver coloured dogs brown. Lips are slightly hanging, black. Lower edge of the upper lip should reach deeper than the lower edge of the lower jaw. Jaws are strong. Bite/dentition: strong teeth, perfect, regular and complete scissors bite, upper incisors closely overlappling the lower incisors and teeth in the jaws are laid sideways. Complete dentition with 42 teeth. Eyes: in proportion to the head not too big, deep and wide-set.  The conjunctiva is not visible. Colour golden to dark brown. The eyelid edges are black (exceptions are liver coloured dogs).

NECK: slightly arched, strong, muscular, proportionally long and rather robust with few dewlaps.

BODY: firm, strongly muscled, never fat. Topline: the loins are slightly arched. The back in proportion to the length of the limbs is rather short. Chest: the brisket is deep, reaching down to the elbows; the ribs are well-arched, sufficiently long thorax. The lower stomach line is slightly tucked up.

TAIL: long, reaching down at least to the hocks.  Set on relatively high.   When relaxed, it is carried low with the end curled upwards. When alert, it is carried upward, particularly in males, high above the back or coiled (wheeled) on the back.

LIMBS: Pectoral limb: Pectoral limbs are set wide, of a right length, straight with strong bones. Shoulders are well muscled and sloping. Elbows well press to the chest. Strong wrists, pasterns set slightly sloping. Paws are strong with well arched fingers and short claws. Pelvic limb: Strong, however not exaggeratedly muscled. Limbs from the back view are straight and parallel.  Knees are well angled. Shin is medially angled, strong and straight, it does not yaw inwards or outwards. Rear pasterns are parallel and straight. Paws are strong with well-arched fingers and short claws.

THE WAY OF MOVEMENT: very remarkable and harmonious course of movement with a firm and straight topline, well carried neck and head; resulting impression, which the dogs is giving: he is a hunter in the hunt.  In slower motion the amble is permitted. Short step or tap dancing is highly undesirable.

COAT: coat features: short or medium, dense with dense under-layer. As the result of climatic conditions big differences in the coat length are possible. The coat on the collar and shoulders is longer and denser. In winter the coat may be denser. Colour: All colours are permitted.


SIZE:          the wither height of the males is 74–81 cm, the height of the females 71–79 cm.

WEIGHT:    adult males 50–65 kg, females 40–55 kg.

DEFECTS: All deviations from the stated points should be considered as defects. Serious defects: low set dog, cumbrous and slow, too robust, built too lightly, appearance of a greyhound; level skull, short or tap dancing step. Too long hanging coat. Disqualificating defects: too short muzzle (a third of the whole length of the head); coat is too short or soft, missing undercoat, overlap or underlap, inability to guard a flock.

Notes: dogs must possess visible normally developed testicles completely lowered in the scrotum.

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