anatolian shepherd breed information

common health issues

Entropion describes the inward rolling of the eyelid, often causing the eyelashes to come into contact with the eyeball and cause irritation and often ulceration. Many affected dogs will require surgical correction and severe cases may require multiple surgeries.

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

Elbow dysplasia is actually a collective term which refers to the effects of one or more diseases of the elbow joint which result in pain and arthritis. Many of these problems can affect both elbows and result in forelimb lameness and elbow pain, often requiring surgical correction.

Clinical signs of hypothyroidism are caused by a decrease in normal thyroid activity. In congenital hypothyroidism, puppies will have stunted growth and other abnormalities. A blood test confirms the disease and treatment with thyroid hormone supplements is lifelong.

GDV describes a condition whereby a dog's stomach becomes dilated with air and then, while dilated, twists over on itself, effectively sealing the stomach. The most common sign of bloat is a firm, distended stomach, especially if it seems to occur rapidly. GDV is one of the true life-threatening emergencies in dogs and many cases require emergency surgery.

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a large dog of Turkish origin, and as a breed is thought to be more than 6,000 years old. This large dog worked with Turkish shepherds, protecting both master and herd from predators. He was a rugged companion, able to withstand both the harsh climates of Turkey and the nomadic lifestyle of his master.

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog came to the United States in the 1950s and continues to be a hardy, loyal and independent guard dog. His independence can make him hard to train, as his instinct is to think for himself. Early socialization and training can help with this stubborn side. Above all else, he is a guard dog, and this instinct persists in the breed today. He can do well with children, though careful supervision is a must, as the Anatolian Shepherd Dog may try to “actively” protect his family members from danger, be it real or perceived.

Though a large dog, moderate daily exercise and grooming requirements make the Anatolian Shepherd Dog an easy keeper.

Despite their strength and guarding nature, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are still prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Anatolian Shepherds are prone to include joint problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia; thyroid conditions such as hypothyroidism; stomach problems such as gastric dilatation-volvus (GDV or bloat); and eye conditions such as entropion.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Anatolian Shepherd inherits anything more than a headstrong personality, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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