Erick Conard's Lucky Hit Ranch:
American Kennel Club
Breed Standard for the Anatolian Shepherd
(approved June 1995 / Effective June 1996 )
Large, rugged, powerful and impressive, possessing great endurance and
agility. Developed through a set of very demanding circumstances for a purely
utilitarian purpose; he is a working guard dog without equal, with a unique
ability to protect livestock.
General impression - Appears bold, but
calm, unless challenged. He possesses size, good bone, a well-muscled torso
with a strong head. Reserve out of its territory is acceptable. Fluid movement
and even temperament is desirable.
Size, Proportion, Substance
General balance is more important than absolute size.
Dogs should be from 29 inches and weighing from 110 to 150 pounds
proportionate to size and structure.
Bitches should be from 27 inches, weighing from 80 to 120 pounds,
proportionate to size and structure.
Neither dog nor bitch appear fat. Both dog and bitch should be rectangular, in direct proportion to height.
Measurements and weights apply at age 2 or older.
Expression should be intelligent.
Eyes are medium size, set apart, almond shaped and
dark brown to light amber in color. Blue eyes or
eyes of two different colors are a disqualification. Eye rims will be
black or brown and without sag or looseness of haw. Incomplete pigment is a
Ears should be set on no higher than the plane of the
head. V-shaped, rounded apex, measuring about four inches at the base to six
inches in length. The tip should be just long enough to reach the outside
corner of the eyelid. Ears dropped to sides. Erect ears are a
Skull is large but in proportion to the body.
There is a slight centerline furrow, fore and aft, from apparent stop to
moderate occiput. Broader in dogs than in bitches.
Muzzle is blockier
and stronger for the dog, but neither dog nor bitch would have a snipey head
Nose and flews must be solid black or brown. Seasonal fading
is not to be penalized. Incomplete pigment is a serious fault. Flews are
normally dry but pronounced enough to contribute to "squaring" the overall
muzzle appearance. Teeth and gums strong and healthy. Scissors bite preferred,
level bite acceptable. Broken teeth are not to be faulted. Overshot,
undershot or wry bite are disqualifications.
Neck, Topline, Body
Neck slightly arched, powerful, and muscular, moderate in length with
more skin and fur than elsewhere on the body, forming a protective ruff. The
dewlap should not be pendulous and excessive.
Topline will appear level
Back will be powerful, muscular, and level, with drop
behind withers and gradual arch over loin, sloping slightly downward at the
Body well proportioned, functional, without exaggeration. Never
fat or soft.
Chest is deep (to the elbow) and well-sprung with a
distinct tuck up at the loin.
Tail should be long and reaching to the
hocks. Set on rather high. When relaxed, it is carried low with the end curled
upwards. When alert, the tail is carried high, making a "wheel." Both low and
wheel carriage are acceptable, when gaiting. "Wheel" carriage preferred. The
tail will not necessarily uncurl totally.
Shoulders should be muscular and well developed, blades long, broad and
Elbows should be neither in nor out.
Forelegs should be
relatively long, well-boned and set straight with strong pasterns. The feet
are strong and compact with well-arched toes, oval in shape. They should have
stout nails with pads thick and tough. Dewclaws may be removed.
Strong, with broad thighs and heavily muscled. Angulation at the stifle and
hock are in proportion to the forequarters. As seen from behind, the legs are
parallel. The feet are strong and compact with well-arched toes, oval in
shape. Double dewclaws may exist. Dewclaws may be removed.
Short (one inch minimum, not tight) to Rough (approximately 4 inches in
length) with neck hair slightly longer. Somewhat longer and thicker at the
neck and mane. A thick undercoat is common to all. Feathering may occur on the
ear fringes, legs, breeching, and tail.
All color patterns and markings are equally acceptable.
At the trot, the gait is powerful yet fluid. When viewed from the front or
rear, the legs turn neither in nor out, nor do feet cross or interfere with
each other. With increased speed, footfall converges toward the center line of
gravity. When viewed from the side, the front legs should reach out smoothly
with no obvious pounding. The withers and backline should stay nearly level
with little rise or fall. The rear assembly should push out smoothly with
hocks doing their share of the work and flexing well.
Alert and intelligent, calm and observant. Instinctively protective, he is
courageous and highly adaptable. He is very loyal and responsive. Highly
territorial, he is a natural guard. Reserve around strangers and off its
territory is acceptable. Responsiveness with animation is not characteristic
of the breed. Overhandling would be discouraged.
Blue eyes or eyes of two different colors.
Overshot, undershot, or wry bite.