ceemac

Shake It Baby...
Turkish Dog Breeds
There appears to be three main dog breeds historically exclusive to Turkey, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog, the Kangal Shepherd Dog, and the Akbash.

I say 'appears' because there is an argument that there is a generic CLASS of Turkish dogs, known as "shepherd's dogs," among which regional breeds of distinct type and temperament, such as the Kangal Dog, can be discerned.


Anatolian Shepherd (Anadolu Coban Kopegi)




The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a remarkable shepherd's guard dog of ancient lineage. Also known as Karabash (which means 'black head'), it is a large, formidable working dog with a self-sufficient temperament. Such dogs are found throughout the Anatolian Plateau. They are naturally very watchful, always ready to investigate anything unusual. They have remarkable eye-sight, an acute sense of smell and very good hearing. This is not a dog for the passive owner or an owner who does not understand canine instinct. Has a life expectancy of 12-15 years.​


Kangal Shepherd


The favourite Turkish Shepherd's dog - it has postage stamps and a coin depicting it. The Kangal Dog is a large, powerful, heavy-boned dog, whose size and proportions have developed naturally as a result of its continued use in Turkey as a guardian against predators. Kangal Shepherd dogs have a fair reputation in Turkey and around the world. Particularly in England and in the USA several associations have been established by lovers of this species, and several competitions have been held. Unfortunately while people abroad have shown great interest to Kangal species, Turkey has not done the same until lately. They are very brave, quick and agile. They are quite good to women and children and quite a dissuasive weapon against bad people as they are intelligent and strong insights and are faithful to their owners. They have a life expectancy of about 12-15 years.​


Akbash


The Akbash Dog is a primitive guard dog breed, requiring owners who understand canine behavior. The dogs are a combination of: submissive posturing to livestock, and dominance aggression - to stand up against bears and wolves. They require owners dedicated to constant socialization if it is kept as a companion. Akbash in Turkish means white head. The Akbash Dog is found in rural areas serving as a livestock protection dog in Turkey for millennia. The lifestyles of Turkish rural villagers has not been influenced by modernization. The villagers still need to dig wells, herd their sheep, protect the flock from wolves and bears, remove wool with hand-held and non-electrical shears, bake bread in an open hearth, and so on. In many ways, the style and pace of life are similar to what must have taken place hundreds or even thousands of years ago. The dogs in this rural setting have many of the ideal characteristics of a typical Akbash; they are usually calm, with a keen protective instinct for flock and property. However, Akbash Dogs in Turkey are never allowed in the house as pets. They have a life expectancy of around 10-11 years.​


If you're thinking of getting one of these dogs, or any other breed for that matter, and want to give it a Turkish name, here's some ideas!​


Some Turkish Dog Names



ALEV Flame



AMIR Commander
AN Mother
ANNE (ann-eh) Mother
ARI Clean, pure
ASLAN Lion


ATESH Fire
AYAZ Frost
AYI Bear
AZIZ Dear, Saint
AZMAN Monstrous

BABA Father
BALINA Whale
BARISH Peace
BARIZ Prominent
BASHBAKAN Prime Minister
BAYAN Mrs
BEBEK Baby
BEKAR Bachelor
BEY Mister
BEKÇI Guard
BOGA Bull

DEV Giant

EFENDI Lord

KAMA Dagger
KAMÇI Whip
KAPLAN Tiger
KAPTAN Captain
KARDESH Brother
KEMAL Perfection
KEM Evil
KARA Black
KIÔ Winter
KOCA Large, Husband

KURT Wolf
KUSH Bird

MARUF Famous
MIZRAK Spear
MUMTAZ Distinguished

PAPATYA Daisy
RAHMET Blessing
REFIK Companion, Husband
RICA Request

SABAH Morning
SABIR Patience
SADIK Faithful
SADRAZAM Grand
ÔANS Luck
SAVCI Public Prosecutor
SAVAÔÇI Fighter
SERKESH Unruly
SEYYAH Traveller
SEYIR Spectacle
SIHIRBAZ Wizard

TABIB Doctor
TABU Taboo
TAFTA Taffeta
TALIH Luck
TALIHLI Lucky
TASH Rock
TEKE Buck
TAARUZ Attack
TAHRISH Irritation
TAKAT Power
TAM Perfect
TAMAM Ok
TATLI Sweet
TILKI Fox


VAHSI Wild
VASI Guardian
VELI Guardian (of a child)

ZEBANI Demon
ZARIF Elegant
ZALIM Cruel, vicious



A couple of strange ones there!!


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Valian

Let sleeping dogs lie
Turkish Dog Breeds
If you breed a pure Kangal with another pure Kangal, you get pure Kangal puppies. They will have short fawn coats and a black mask and ears. The Kangal is known as 'karabaş', not the Anatolian Shepherd.

The same regarding breeding applies to an Akbash (although obviously with a white coat and no mask).

An Anatolian Shepherd dog is a large, mixed breed shepherd dog which comes in any colour and any coat length. Many have Kangal genes in their mix.

They all do the same job of work as flock guardians.

If you are thinking of getting one of these dogs, don't - unless you are an experienced dog owner.
 

KKOB

Completely Chillaxed
Turkish Dog Breeds
The 'karabaş' is the breed-specific black snout that distinguishes true Kangals from "other Turkish breeds".

The Kangal Festival takes place over the weekend of the 11th and 12th of July at Kangal, near Sivas in Northwestern Turkey. It's a great opportunity to see over 100 Kangal dogs and their owners gathered together for one cause.

Here's a picture of a Kangal puppy showing it's typical colours before developing into an adult.

 
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claire1976

Member
Turkish Dog Breeds
In the UK the breed in known as the Anatolian Shepherd dog and it drives me mad. I explained to a couple of breeders that I met at crufts that in Turkey they call all dogs Anatolian shepherd dogs regardless of colours etc! The Karabash (black mask) or Kangal is the true name and I cannot understand why the UK Kennel Club won't recognise that. It's something to do with the colouring as in crufts you see all kinds of bizarre mixtures of colour instead of the proper cream/fawn with black masked features.
 

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