THIS is just the beginning...
Have you ever wondered why Anatolians are said not to be a
"breed" by some? Anatolian Shepherd Dog, Kangal, Akbash and now Kars... Have you
ever tried to understand the arguments? Doesn't it get confusing? Spurious stories and
conjectures about purity and of breed origins and history are given without supporting
The principal groups that support the splitting of the Anatolian into
multiple breeds are foreign-raised breeders representing a "Western" or
Pan-European conformation "show dog" view. In their view, the dog must be made
to fit the standard - one considerably far more restrictive than the ones by which these
dogs developed (working ability, breed character).
In contrast, the principal supporters in the development of the
Anatolian Shepherd Dog examined what their dogs produced and developed a breed standard to
fit the dog so that within the standard there is room for individual kennels to
'specialize', without forcing everyone to conform to one view, and limiting the genepool
to the modern breed-harming mistakes brought about by narrow breeding.
See native "Çoban köpegi" here:
- The Journals
- A lovely pictoral journey into the remote reaches of Turkey.
The 1996 Symposium at Selçuk University featured assorted foreigners
including an American puppymill and English women, among others who
represented themselves as authorities about Turkish Dogs. Some of the material that the
foreigners presented at the symposium included material written by other tourists
or journalists who speculated freely both about the natives and their dogs. Some of the
discussion apparently resulted in instructing some Turkish people on which breeds to
devise out of their native landrace shepherd dogs to fit these non-native visions.
The failures in the limited genepool breeding programs of these speakers
were not disclosed to the Turkish people. Perhaps these foreigners had valid reason for
hiding this information? Perhaps they felt that the Turkish people didn't need to know
because they wanted Turkish support for their modern Pan-European views of breed
In stark contrast to the foreigners, Turkish
speakers at the symposium were primarily focused on nutrition and care of their dogs. But
due to the number of foreign 'dog show' and conformation specialists at the
symposium, the foreign views proved to be attractive to Turkish media and tourism. Some
have capitalized on this 'endorsement' and attention.
The original "Çoban Köpegi" represents a highly successful
primitive land-race working breed which native shepherds bred based on knowledge of their
stock. They selected dogs from within the resulting litters for their own
Even now as media influences breeding choices as encouraged by the
foreign breed specialists, these dogs have generally shown progressive degenerative
changes in size, or health and genetic vigor - just like many of the modern breeds which
the specialists themselves have abandoned.
While the views and successes of the Anatolian Shepherd dog have been
misrepresented by these specialists, there are those who can see the unfortunate
trends and are already attempting to correct those problems which specialization can
Take a look at the evidence yourself and make up your own mind. Take a
little journey behind the scenes with AnatolianWorld...
Let us begin:
- In the Beginning -
- The Karabash evolves as Mythology - Evolution of a Vision...
- Foundation Akbash - U.S.A.
- Another Vision
- Pure Kangal breeding - A Pedigree Analysis
- International Kangal pedigrees
A Geneticist speaks - Letter
from Dr. Malcolm B. Willis
- Special Dogs
- Mektup of Obruk - Setting
the Record Straight, by Caroline Southen
Aslan of Murted - Aslan's Beginnings, by
- Landrace Breed - What is
- Article by Jennifer Floyd
Off site link:
Yoruks and Kangals -
Comparative Analysis of Two Different Strains of Anatolian Shepherd Dogs
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