part 4 - Pure Kangal breeding?
Selecting for short coated solid fawn Kangals does it work?
Simple practice for breeding (any breed) is that some breeders emphasize on working
character (any type of working), selecting for that. Some breeders emphasize on pet
character, selecting for that. Some breeders emphasize on appearance, selecting for that.
Etc, etc, etc. Some breeders are more successful in combining several traits they prefer
(including health), and some breeders fail. But, by selecting long and hard enough most
breeders will produce what they selected for, consistency depending on dominant vs.
recessive and how easily vs. hard the trait(s) in question can be expressed.
Kangal breeders have selected for a specific dominant colour (among other traits) for a
few decades already. They have used close in- and linebreeding and ruled out every
non-fawn & non-short coated dog from their programmes (breeding
agreement). As a result, some of them have succeeded in establishing their 'own little
genepool', i.e. a kennel type. They have succeeded in producing mostly short coated fawn
dogs, i.e. managed to press down the occurrence of the recessive other colours or coat
types in their own lines. But, when they need 'new blood' and take a step out by combining
other lines - which in turn may also have succeeded in establishing their own kennel type
of only fawn dogs - they may combine also the recessive (hidden) traits and produce
puppies like the ones in Judy Chappel's (Afacan) Kangal-litter born 9th April 1994.
Picture of the
Afacan Izan, better known as Henry - is by now probably the most
famous non-kangal-looking 'purebred' Kangal. He has excessive white markings (tricolour)
and a massive rough coat. A handsome boy!
Pedigree of Henry (Afacan Izan):
Afacan Ilkabahar Hazine
Afacan Izan (Henry)
As shown: Henry's parents are Seacop Gaius X Anadol Gul Gibi of Afacan.
Cengiz Kankardesh Of Masallah
Masallah Ali Joins Seacop
Chakal Of Deliktash At Masallah
Havali Oyna Bora
Kanjik Karpus Marchael
Dam: Seacop Karaya
Karan Of Sogutuzu ) Parents Not Recorded
Anadol Gul Gibi Of Afacan
Gamze Evliya Of Bostonkaya (Imp)
Canevi At Bostonkaya
Puppies were registered as 'fawn black mask' at the UK kennel club,
although we know of at least one tri-colour rough coated dog in this litter. 75% of this
litter is directly decended from Turkish imported dogs, and not connected in anyway to any
other breeding stock in this country except Seacop.
This Afacan-kangal-litter is an excellent and well documented example of the
inheritance of recessive traits. There were at least 4-5 puppies with white markings on
their faces, white collars etc. And at least one with massive rough coat (Henry).
One of the shortcoated solid fawn pups (Afacan Koya) was sold as a Kangal to
Norway (registered as ASD, though), where she produced some pups with reddish tone and
white markings. One of her daughters is in Germany, a widely advertised Kangal named Kahraman
Alim Talihli Lilly. Lilly is registered as an ASD and
won Best of Breed Anatolian in FCI's World Winner Show -98 in Helsinki. Confusing? The
other Kangal bitch (reg. as ASD) in the same kennel is sired by the same sire as Anne
Nippers' bitch, and that sire has a RED sister, who produces RED pups.
Since the seemingly pure lines of short coated solid fawn
Kangals - even after generations of culling i.e. selective breeding - still today keep
producing rough coated & particoloured & reddish etc pups, these recessive traits
definitely are a part of the breed.
Pedigree evidence shows that these breed variations are too consistent to be just a
sign of 'accidental impurity'. They cant be defined crossbreds either, they are just
expressing the recessive but so typical traits of the Coban Köpegi/Anatolian Shepherd
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