The Anatolian Shepherd on average may cost between $500 to $2,000 or more. They are one of the oldest dog breeds to exist that are believed to have descended from a bloodline 6000 years ago.
Characteristics of an Anatolian Shepherd
Adult weight: 12-24 lbs
Adult height: 26 – 29 in.
Life expectancy: 11 – 13 years
This breed is said to have originated from Turkey. It is believed that 1000s of years ago the nomadic herders migrated from Central Asia to Turkey. These herders also brought with them a dog which is now known as the modern day Anatolian Shepherd. This breed was valued for their loyalty, instincts to guard and their adaptability. In ancient times they played a great role in protecting cattle from predators and this makes them a great pick as they are also protective about their family. The Anatolian Shepherd Dog was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1996.
What is the price of an Anatolian Shepherd?
Now that you have a brief knowledge about their roots and rich history, let‘s get started with the cost of adopting or purchasing them.
Adoption: $500 – $100,000
On average the cost of purchasing an Anatolian Shepherd can range from $500-$2000. This price may vary on the basis of a few factors like the reputation of the breeder, the lineage, the location and whether you adopt or purchase one. Adopting a dog from the local shelter is always going to be more affordable than buying one.
Monthly costs for an Anatolian Shepherd puppy
The diet of an Anatolian Shepherd should be the correct balance of dry kibble or a combination of dry and wet food. On an average you are expected to pay $50-$100 for high quality dog food per month. It’s best to consult with your veterinarian to understand the needs of your pet. Additionally the cost of treats and supplements should also be accounted for.
The Anatolian has a thick double coat that needs to be brushed regularly so as to minimize shedding and also reduce the frequency of professional grooming. They shed their coats seasonally so brushing at home is a good habit to develop.
Medical Costs: $500-$800
The Anatolian Shepherd is generally a healthy breed but just like any other pet they are prone to a few conditions as well. Some of these conditions are -
Hip Dysplasia - This is a hereditary condition where the thigh bone doesn’t fit the hip joint. Cost of medication can be $50 to $200.
Hypothyroidism - This is a disorder of the thyroid gland. It generally causes epilepsy, alopecia (hair loss), obesity, lethargy, hyperpigmentation, pyoderma, and other skin conditions. The cost of medication may be $50 to $100 per month.
Entropion - Entropion is a condition where the eyeball rolls inwards. On average, the cost for entropion surgery can range from $500 to $1,500 or more.
Let’s talk about insurance for your beloved pet! Insurance for a rare breed like the Anatolian Shepherd may be more expensive than average. Getting a good insurance plan will benefit you and prevent you from spending more if your Anatolian Shepherd falls sick or faces an illness.
One-time costs for an Anatolian
Initial Costs: $300-$500
Initial costs post purchasing your pet generally include the cost of supplies needed to make your pet feel at home. These supplies may include a collar, leash, food and water bowls, bedding, crate, toys, and grooming tools. All of these are absolutely necessary and can cost $200-$300. Medical expenses like veterinary examination, vaccinations, deworming, and potentially other preventive treatments, are also part of your initial costs for your pet. These may cost $100-$300.
Microchipping is a great form of permanent identification for your loving pets. It's the best way to find them if they go missing. Some animal shelters may provide this service for discounted rates. On average, the cost of microchipping an Anatolian Shepherd can range from $25 to $50
The Anatolian Shepherd may require a few vaccines as pups to protect them from various diseases like distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, and rabies. These vaccines are given generally when the pup is 6-8 weeks and they are given as multiple shots. Once initial vaccines are given, booster shots are continued for $15-$50 for a vaccine.
Miscellaneous expenses generally include training costs so that they can learn to socialize as well as respond well to people. If you need to travel or need to be away from home, pet sitter cost needs to be considered as well. It’s best to keep aside $100-$150 for such expenses.
Lifetime Anatolian Shepherd Cost
The lifetime cost of an Anatolian Shepherd depends on a few factors like their health, lifespan, and needs. Each pet has a different set of needs that need to be taken care of. The lifetime cost according to their lifespan of 10-15 years may cost $10,000 to $20,000 or more. The potential expenses of the Anatolian Shepherd are as follows:
Purchase or adoption cost may come up to $500 to $2,000.
Veterinary care including vaccination costs and regular check ups may come up to $300-$500.
Food including treats, dry and wet kibble may cost $500 to $1,000 or more per year.
Their training and socialization cost may be between $100 to $500.
Insurance premiums can range between $20-$50 monthly.
Miscellaneous expenses may be $500-$1000.
These costs may differ based on the heath condition of the pet as well what you decide to spend on.
The Anatolian Shepherd is an extremely adaptable dog breed as they become comfortable with the people or animals they are around when they are younger. They grow up to be protective and confident pets. They may look fierce and intimidating because of their physical stature but they are calm and friendly with their family. Because of their protective nature they need to be trained well to socialise but all they want to do is protect their family. If you have small kids then it may not be advisable to get this breed as their mere size can injure them. But if you have grown up children they are a great choice. This is a breed that also does well with other pets because of their flock mentality.
Happy Parenting to you and Lots of Love to your pup or your soon-to-be family!