The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is described as being laid back and easy going. They are observant, courageous, proud and confident. They are highly protective, intelligent, alert and watchful. These dogs are loyal and affectionate without being overly demonstrative with family. Over handling would be discouraged by them. They are aloof and suspicious with strangers and highly territorial. They require a proper introduction to strangers.
These dogs also need a securely fenced in yard or property. An electric underground fence is not recommended as these dogs have been known to go right through them. These dogs require 5-6 ft. fencing and preferably locked gates. I prefer padlocks and chains on the gates to ensure they will not be able to open them and also to keep uninvited people out for their safety and for the dogs safety. Some owners even hot wire their fencing since Anatolians have been known to go under the fences and even over them. These dogs are capable of easily clearing a 6 ft. fence. If there is no fence then these dogs will make their own boundaries and trespassers will not be permitted. They will voluntarily expand their territory as far as they can see. Because of that, these dogs must be on a leash at all times when off of their property.
Raven with my little brother when he was visiting
Anatolians can be wonderful with children. As with all dogs and children, they should be supervised. Due to the Anatolian's large size, they can easily knock over a small child and not necessarily mean to (as they can with adults too!). Children must know how to properly act around the dog. Anatolians tend to be quite patient when it comes to children. Although, it is not uncommon if a child is being too rough with the Anatolian, for the dog to give the child a warning by either growling, showing it's teeth or even smacking it's teeth together making a loud clicking sound. If the child persists, the Anatolian will get up and move away from the situation, as they do not wish to harm the child. The parents need to set boundaries with the child as to what is acceptable behavior around the dog and what is not, and the same goes for the dog. Anatolians do not view children as threats. They tend to be naturally protective of children. When they see their human children playing too roughly, they tend to protect them from their playmates. It has been said that Turkish women, while working in the fields, tie ropes around their children's waists and attach the ropes to the collar of the family Anatolian. The women can then work in peace knowing that their child is being watched over and is safe.
Anatolians have a moderate activity level. In a house environment, they are pretty laid back and easy going. They need a chance to get out some of their energy daily, whether it's taking them for a walk or giving them a chance to run in a large fenced in yard or property. If not then he may choose to run around inside your house like a bull in a china shop. A tired dog is a good dog!