The Anatolian Shepherd or Anadolu çoban köpeği is a livestock guardian dog breed that originated in the peninsula of Anatolia, which today forms a large portion of Turkey. The Anatolian Shepherd is rugged, large, and very strong, with good sight and hearing that allow it to protect livestock. With its high speed and agility, it is able to run down a predator with great efficiency. Historically, the Anatolian Shepherd has been treated and categorized as a separate breed from the Kangal Shepherd Dog by many canine registries, but is now generally regarded as part of the same breed population. This view accepts the name Anatolian Shepherd as a general name for breeds such as the Kangal dog, Aksaray Malaklısı dog and Akbaş dog. Recognition of the Kangal as a different breed from the Anatolian Shepherd was retracted in Australia.