Turkish Boz Shepherd

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Turkish Boz Shepherd History

The Turkish Boz is a breed of medium-sized, short-haired shepherd dog from Turkey. The Boz is a livestock guardian, or Komondor-type, guarding sheep and goats, and acts as an early warning system for predators. The Boz is descended from various European herding and guard dogs, but is a Turkish national symbol of sovereignty. The origin of the name is from the Turkic word meaning “guard.” In ancient times, these dogs were used to keep the flocks safe from wolves, bears, and even lions. The Boz is a medium-sized, short-haired, and muscular working dog of Ottoman origin. The coat is fawn or gray, with or without black markings. The head is wedge shaped and is broad, with wrinkles on the forehead. The ears are set high on the head and hang down against the cheeks. The eyes are almond-shaped and brown. The legs are straight and strong, with slightly bent knees. The tail is dark brown and bushy, held erect. The coat is of medium length, but not abundant, and is smooth. The coat is thick and soft, without undercoat, and is shed twice a year.

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Turkish Boz Shepherd Physical Characteristics

The Turkish Boz Shepherd is a large, medium-to-large-sized breed of dog that was developed in Turkey and is known for its large size, intelligence and loyalty. The breed is tall, with males standing between 22 and 26 inches and females measuring between 20 and 24 inches high. They are strong and have muscular bodies. The head is large and broad with almond-shaped eyes that are dark in color. The muzzle is straight and the nose is black. The ears are long and hang down. The tail is thick and is carried low, curving over the back. It has hair that is short and harsh.

Eye Colors

Brown, Amber

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 28 – 35 inches

Female Height Range: 26 – 33 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 120 – 190 lbs

Female Weight Range: 100 – 170 lbs

Turkish Boz Shepherd Health

Description of breed health.


10-12 yrs

Turkish Boz Shepherd Health Concerns

None Known, Ear Infections, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease

Turkish Boz Shepherd Temperament and Behaviour

The Turkish Boz Shepherd is a loyal, protective and devoted breed that makes a great guard dog. They are confident and fearless, which makes them great watchdogs. However, they are also gentle and sensitive, and make great companions. They are smart and respond well to reward-based training.

Turkish Boz Shepherd Activity Requirements

Turkish Boz Shepherds are a high-energy, intelligent breed of dog. Bred for hundreds of years as flock guardians, they are strong, fast, athletic, and protective. They require a lot of exercise and attention, and make great companions for active families. A sturdy fence is a necessity for keeping them safe. They require at least two hours of vigorous exercise each day. They are trainable and loyal, and do well with children who have been taught how to treat a dog. They require a strong leader and consistent training. If you are thinking of adopting, make sure you have the time and energy to meet a large, high-energy dog’s needs.

Miles Per Day

20 miles

Activity Per Day

70 minutes

Daily Food

4 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Turkish Boz Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Turkish Boz Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Turkish Boz Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Turkish Boz Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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