Anatolian Shepherd Dog Kangal Dog Karabash The Karabash, also known as the Anatolian Karabash dog or the Anatolian shepherd, is a Turkish dog that originated in Anatolia, Turkey. This dog, though Turkish in its origins, has been reared the most in America and the entire breed was developed in America. Pinned from ja.wikipedia.org
Anatolian Shepherd Dog ~ 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. Fluid movement and even temperament is desirable.
The origins of the Anatolian Shepherd are said to be rooted in Roman Mollosian war dogs and the Tibetan Mastiff, which arrived in Turkey over 4000 years ago. In Turkey, such dogs were used to defend livestock against predators like bears and wolves. They provided company to the shepherds and became widespread throughout a vast region. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed as part of the Miscellaneous class in 1996 and later into the Working Group.