The Turkish Boz Shepherd, also known as Guregh and Yoruk, is one of Turkey’s oldest herd protection and cattle dogs, working as herd guard dogs since the beginning. Needing much protection in Turkey even in the 21st Century, they are still grown in the Taurus Mountains and Southern Anatolia. The main task is to protect small and large cattle both in their shelters and in volleys. As a herding guard dog, it is one of the most successful dogs in the world in heavyweight. They are exceptionally compatible with family and children and highly dependent on farm animals being patient, tolerant, and intelligent.


The Turkish Boz Shepherd dog is a large, extremely fast, and athletic dog with thick bones.

General Appearance

Bone Structure


The body structure is almost square to rectangular.


The tail curls towards its back in a half-moon shape or one turn.


In adult males, shoulder height is between 75-85 cm, weight is around 60-80 kg. A shoulder height of 90 cm and a weight of 100 kg are also seen.

In adult females, shoulder height is between 70-80 cm and weight is around 50-65 kg. A shoulder height of 85 cm and weight of 70 kg are also seen.


The same thickness of the face from the eye arch towards the tip of the nose and the flat tip of the nose gives the typical line appearance when viewed from the side profile. This head structure allows them to be easily distinguished from other shepherd dogs.

There is a slightly pronounced stop.


Eye color can range from a light hazel to black


The upper lips may descend under the lower lips and the drain lips may sag.


The neck rises at an angle of forty-five or sixty degrees to the horizon.


Hair length varies depending on the season.

The coat adheres to the body and has a double layer coat structure.