The Anatolian Shepherd is also known as a Goban Kopegi and Anatolian Karabash Dog and their native country is Turkey. The Anatolian Shepherd dog breed is very sensitive to anesthesia. When vets perform any type of surgery, they have to monitor the dog very closely.
The immune system of the Anatolian takes longer to develop than other breeds of dogs and is required to have an extra parvovirus vaccination in the first year.
The Anatolian Shepherd advances to puberty around six months of age and lasts for about six weeks at which time they may become a little forgetful as to what they learned prior to puberty. Reinforcement of training is needed at this time to ensure they retain some of the training you have already done.
At this time, the United States has over three thousand of these dogs registered with the Anatolian Shepherd Dog Club. The American Kennel Club recognizes the Anatolian Shepherd as a working dog.
Famous Anatolian Shepherd Dogs
Some famous Anatolian Shepherd dogs appeared on television and in movies. "Cats & Dogs" had Butch, who was an Anatolian Shepherd, but was actually played by three different dogs named Cain, Moses, and Noah. The dog named Noah would sleep until he was called to perform. He did this while all the commotion was going on and people walking about around him. It never woke him up, he was tired and very well behaved. Many of the animals in the movie were from rescues and animal shelters. Noah was from a rescue and his handler's name was Mark Harden. Alex Baldwin was the voice over for Butch in the movie.