TURKISH KANGAL DOGS – ANATOLIAN SHEPHERDS – SIX THOUSAND YEARS OF LIVESTOCK GUARDING PERFECTED



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documentaries on Youtube. I'm Nick Cavanaugh my wife and daughter
have a little ranch here in Napa California called Haven Ranch. So haven ranch is a small ranch a 20
acre ranch in the eastern hills of napa valley we have a katana sheep chickens
we are in an area that is very rural we back up to thousands of acres of natural
space open space so when when predators or any animals actually worked their way
north from that we're sort of the first thing that they see so we we see a lot
of predators really see a lot of animals in general but but you were very
connected to the natural world here we started here actually my wife and I both
like space and course we love our dogs would like to have space but we we had a
daughter and we really wanted her to grow up in this kind of environment we
didn't want then wander facing the screen we wanted her to to evolve in
this whole three-dimensional world so we bought some property we built the house
it was like the biggest family project ever and and then we started you know
fencing and all the things that we could have some animals and and enjoy the
space and so we have no sheep and chickens we've had horses in the past
but it was more about a lifestyle for us then then a job of we're going to breed
dogs or we're going to reshape it was we want to live this way and we breathe in
20 shepherd dogs under the name of Sigma anatolian we've been primarily working
with a notorious for about the last eight years the anatolian shepherd dog
is not your average neighborhood dog they're not a dog park kind of dog Angela Shepherd is a livestock Guardian
dog they originally come from Turkey there are lots of livestock Guardian
reads from around the world but they specialize in protecting livestock sheep
goats whatever the better they have so we have four Anatolius here now we have
in g who is seven and a half these are our older girl we have room which is a
puppy we kept from our first litter she's forehand we have Kota is our only male here he's
18 months old and we have aylah who is our puppy she's three months old and she
sort of the future of our we hope of our breeding program here Anatolius physically there's a
difference between males and females females are 27 inches minimum males are
29 minimum weights are and females 8220 pounds of mail is 90 250 pounds
according to our standard they are there are large breed they're not a giant
breed they're a very athletic dog especially for their size they're very
very fast which is part of the site and influence and of course the strength and
the size is that the massive side of things they are very quiet dog when
they're when they're working until they see a threat that they need to attend to
and then they get very animated but there are very they're very easy dog to
cohabitate with their and they're also very insightful so whether you're a neat
breed but but there are specialty tool al and raised breed is is bringing a dog
in a general area to do a specific think so in the case of the Anatolian you've
got dogs from different regions that might look a little different some might be long coated some might be
fond so might be read somebody white it it is based on what's there in that
region but they were all bread with the same job in mind the same end result
anatolian specifically were the answer to a problem Shepherd's needed a way to protect their
their sheep from all kinds of different predators so they selectively bred dogs
with certain traits they has been said that they started out with some of the
massive breeds and sighthound breeds to create a notorious specifically so the
site had influence and anatoly ins give them several things the site hound the site part of it they
have got very very good eyesight they're also very fast especially for a
large dog the lot of the massive breeds as they've developed have gotten bigger
and a slower clunkier if you will where the Anatolian zart that way you'll see
them when we look at the dogs but they're they're big and strong without
being cumbersome and and that is very much influence has been influenced by
the site hound the massive influence the first thing people notice is the size
because they're they're large dog and the fon dogs resemble the masses that we
know like Great Danes and and Mastiffs bullmastiffs that same look it gives
them a certain amount of strength there were very muscular dog but it's a very
smooth muscle again the combination it also gives them a the more their
temperament i think is drip derived from the massive side of things they're
protective there they can be stubborn but the it's that steadfastness I guess
is the hallmark portion from the from the massive side lifeguarding dogs in
general same same process they're looking for
dogs that will do a certain job and they selectively bred them over actually
centuries to to come up with what we have now is livestock Guardian dogs the
benefits of a landrace breed generally or health-related so you've got a large
gene pool so you have regional areas that that bread their dogs and when
you're able to pull genetics from all those different regions you tend to get
what we have in our Antonius today which is generally healthy dogs that little
long time especially for a large breed you know 10 to 14 years is not uncommon
so help us is a big thing also gives you some variety which is what we find a
notorious that you wouldn't find in the Congo breed as much different lengths
different markings that sort of thing the difference between an Anatolian the
Kangal can be sort of a that's a touchy subjects up for some
people and their native turkey they'll be known as congo dogs in the United
States there is a difference it's mostly color actually there are congo people
that will disagree with that but genetically they're very much the same
dog but Congo's are fond of black mask only anatolian Tsar any color any code
length the animals that we would see here of course dear is probably the most
prevalent but we have everything from pigs we have skunks and raccoons and
we've actually even see an otter in our Creek so we see this all the birds
predatory birds and and snakes of course so we we have a very healthy ecosystem
here and then on the the predator side of course we have cuyos which probably
our most dominant predator here we also have mountain lions and bobcats and
foxes we we see more coyotes than we do big cats which is pretty typical but
yeah we we run the game here we don't have wolves here getting out of
tolerance for us it was a breed that we always wanted to have but we didn't have
a setting for so when we we had our daughter up here when we first built our
house and our first not only actually we got for our daughter our daughter was the flock and because
we do have a lot of predators here both four-legged two-legged that so we want
to keep her safe so that was the the primary objective for getting an
Anatolian but as we started getting animals and those things we we saw the
conflict between animals and predators and we didn't want to we want to live in
harmony with our environment so the the typical way you would discourage
predatory behavior was you know traps and poisons and shooting and all those
things and we didn't want to do that the the Predators play a huge role in the
environment and we wanted to preserve that so the the
Anatolian swore a way to allow us to have our farm and and animals and live
in harmony with the environment and we could drive the Predators away and
nobody had to die it was it was a very respected based
system we we utilize our dogs with our sheep with our chickens and just
generally around the ranch we try to put dogs out with sheep in pairs and will
rotate which pairs are if we were on before free-ranging it would be
different depending on the number of animals and such but we like to run two
dogs with the shape and mold and again will change which dogs are we normally
have a dog in our barn yard with our chickens to protect the chickens were
actually down dog we lost a dog here recently so bringing up our puppies pretty
important but we try to cover the different areas that we have we bring
our stock in at night so they have much smaller area to protect but but we we
try to rotate them so they get exposure to everything they don't get too
entrenched in their one spot the instinct in the dogs to do their job
depending on the breeding is is pretty strong for most dogs but like anything
you have to balance the the ability with the knowledge so there's a lot of people
know what lab labs do you know the retrievers and and they have an instinct
to retrieve and sometimes they'll bring the stick until you just you can't stand
it anymore but that's what they do that's what they want to do but not all
retrievers make good hunting dogs been good working dogs and part of it is they
they might not have the kind of drive and dedication that's required but most
of the time it's just it's the focus and its training so you know hunters work
with their dogs to to get them to pay attention and to wait and to do all the
things and be able to enhance signals border collies the same thing they're
sweet ought to take that natural instinct and they have to be taught to
control it with livestock guarding dogs and brother
Anatole ins it's sort of the same thing they have that that defensive guarding
behavior it's it's instinctual it's there it's what you do with it so
working with older dogs and so they'll follow those dogs when we have chickens
here and they know life Guardian dogs were really bread to protect chickens
and so some are better at it than others we try to make our dogs good at it by
not letting of course chicken we take them out in long lines when we're doing
our chores and and when we were raising puppies they're raised with chickens
around livestock so they get that gets saturated with that and they learn to
that that's part of their life ok so that's part of the training so
they can have the ability but if they're not focused i'd say it's probably three-quarters
instinct and a quarter training man that might be a little high on the instinct
but it depends on the dog to but but there is a fair amount of training that
has to take place and it's just consistency especially as they you think
they have it and then they turn into a teenager and their brains fall out of
their head and so you have to read you're constantly reinforcing the
positive behaviors twine to not let them make a mistake we see with younger dogs
especially when we have lamps here you know they start feeling their oats and
the dog see that say hey this is an invitation to play but play is
inappropriate so we have to give them an outlet to
play as puppies in in a appropriate spot that's not with livestock and so a lot
of it's just it's more management I guess then training but it is a very
important part of coming up with an ending up with a really good livestock
dog we don't use spiked collars because we don't need them spiked collars for your bigger predators
like wolves and even cats although you know cats are different they're solitary
and they really don't want to tangle with things I mean they will they really
have to but they really don't want to but wolves mostly the reason for the spiked
collars that and in their in their native land they're out there covering
large areas smokable dogs and and hundreds cheaper or goats or more and
they're left there a lot of time sometimes they're working with the
Shepherd's but other times they're there by themselves so you want to give them
as much armor i guess as you can to survive an attack if that's what happens
and the collars allow that but we don't have the predator load here that you do
when you rearrange dogs i know people who do run colors and the dogs but we
just we just don't need it here the the dog guard differently and apartments
just their personalities people will say well they should do this they shouldn't
do that and and maybe their experience we've seen dogs little guard in
different way so energy for instance is much more of a perimeter guard she
doesn't have a real big connection with cheap she likes her sheep but she's more
worried about keeping things out so she's the patroller of the bunch I'm she's a little bit more of an active
dog Roo Roo is a very serious dog she doesn't really want to know you but
she's very good with her animals and she's very nurturing dog so orphan sheep
orphan lambs I mean the she's the one that primary care for those she does the
the Midwife duty she does the the child care when mom is weeding puppies so
she's very nurturing soul and it translates in the way she guards her her
sheep really are attached to her they like her when they see her they go and
they they make contact with her and so when she sees a threat if she's the only
one out there should go after that threat but she when she's working with
other dogs milks or take off and she'll head that direction but she tries to
keep her sheep insight so she stays a little bit more with her animals then
the others will Kota is he's learning so he's a he's 18 months also he's he's a a teenager at this point and he's
starting to sort of coming into his own as a male where he would go off with the
the girls and stay back now he's he's taking more front roll so they they do
evolve the way that they are they guardin sort of find their space but the
the great thing to me is to watch them communicate with each other how they're
going to do things and and it's pretty instantaneous but they don't just all
rush at something they'll they'll take different routes one will go this way
and we'll go that way to try to cut something off so it's a it's a very
they're very intentional in the way they guard even though they do it a little
bit differently the end result is there there there to protect their animals are
predator load means that our dogs have to confront coyotes where the smaller me
foxes raccoons and skunks and those kind of things that are after chickens but
for our sheep it's mostly coyotes we do some bear here but they they stay a
little further from us generally but it's mostly coyotes and they've had to
encounter coyotes and and most of the time you know the Coyotes get away and
and learn i started taking with the dogs but it happens occasionally the
Predators are very sneaky which is why they're successful but yeah
they will do things they'll send a female and heat Prince to try to draw a
dog away or they'll they'll send a dog in and and they lay in wait and I mean
there there's different things that they do sometimes there's a solitary hunting
we we have a smaller space here so we and we have good fencing so our dogs are
pretty good at respecting our fences and you know that the Predators again we we
don't want to have to kill a predator and they're pretty good about respecting
the dog so if they get into a pasture and the dogs take off after them and
they get out the dogs will go to the fence and stop we haven't had a male be tricked and follow the the beauty of a girl so
far but there again fences are a big part of that when you get into open
ranging it can be i think more of an issue for people but when you want to
run a solitary dog you don't really have a backup so that's why do we know
whether we'll run two dogs together or more because somebody may fail but
they're not all going to fail so that and and that helps to combat numbers as
well if a dog has to tangle with a with a predator and there's multiple
predators multiple dogs are always going to do better but I it's important for us
to stress we don't we don't want to tangle with predators and when you see
the dogs work they will they'll see a threat and they'll be generally up
somewhere high so they can see their livestock they'll see the threat will
stand up the flag their tail the bark and the Predators see that and they
pretty much hightail it quickly when the printers don't heed that warning the
dogs will then take off towards that predator and their their body language
is very very agitated and their the hairs up on their back and they're the
growling and barking becomes very very aggressive and that is enough nine times out of ten if a predator at
that point it's normally canon printer to get out before the dogs get to the
predator and so far we've been really lucky we haven't we've some smaller
predators have been victims of the dogs but the word gets out to I think and so
that the path that used to go through our meadows and some of those areas
aren't our highways anymore that the Predators will go around the working
styles are different when dogs are paired with other dogs so sometimes a
dog that is more apt to go out after a threat when they're working maybe with
an older or more dominant temperament a dog they also take a
backseat so they they they work it out amongst themselves they're there are
breeds that are are more prone to stay with animals and more breed dogs that
are a breed that are more prone to go after things and but anatolian
specifically in our experience we've seen a little bit of both so it really that we really sort of let
them work it out I suppose if we had dogs they were just
always headed out after things and we felt like we had animals that were
unprotected when they did that are or they're too likely to go out after
things but maybe we do something different but one of the things
temperament wise what we're looking for we're selecting dogs for ourselves and
for other breeders is it's it's a lot about mind the dog has to have the
ability to make decisions on their own which is kind of a hallmark of debris
that's one of the reasons that they don't make really good pets because they
don't know BDS dogs that they need to be able to make life and death decisions
instantaneously without human intervention again makes them good at
working not so good in a home environment so we select dogs that that
show that ability to escalate dogs that when their first reaction is to go
ballistic that's not a dog that we wanna breathe
that's not a dog that it might be good in some situations and we'll find a good
spot for that dog but i want a dog that will think its way through the
escalation of a situation so again that stand-up flag the tail hey I'm here and then oh you're not
listening to me now I want to get a little bit more agitated I'm gonna bark
at you and I'm gonna come at you and say you know you really don't want to come
in here this is not free food I want them to be able to make that
determination and so that's the mind part of it that has to be present it can't just be aggressive they can't
just be defensive they can't just stay within hours they have to be able to
realize okay I'm by myself so I have to the way I'm doing things and and the
dogs are capable of that but we as breeders we need to look at the
capabilities of our dogs will be honest about about what they're capable of and
read the ones that again it's a we look at the dog the physical aspects of the
dogs say that's what the dog is but the physical aspect of the dog is really a
product of what the dog does and a lot of that is their mind is their ability
that the putting into practice all the breeding the thousands of years of of
instinct that's their so well we really count on the the mind of the dog to do a
lot of the work especially again breathing and moving forward that's we
really need to see that a good working temperament mindset the Anatolian as
they're interacting with people other than their people can look back at the
dogs on and off property actually was probably the best way to do to start the
discussion when they're on property there working and they know that they're
working so when you come onto our ranch and you come through the gate and you're
introduced to dogs most of our dogs are going to be just
fine with you being here going to be watching you but they're not going to
bite you they're not going to be really agitated that you're here we can go out
in the pastures with animals when you're with us and they're just fine they they
they trust our judgment for the most part if you were to come here without us
or be on the other side of the fence then thats that's different you're that
point you're not invited and you're not really welcome here is your threat at
that point so they're going to they're going to very clearly make that
determination on their own when we're off property they're different they're
not working and they know that they're not working they're still watching over
their people and their space you'll see them watching everybody and everything
and they're taking it all in but it's just not there to protect so
they tend to be a little more little quieter little more aloof when we're out and about they in general
tend to be very good with people that are polite and respectful of dogs some more than others there is a
difference variation in temperaments and personalities i know some dogs that this
don't go out in public they're just not suited for it so the the temperament as
a whole is that supposed to be you know these dogs need to be able to work with
other dogs their own dogs and everything else is is not not part of their pack so
most of the Predators arcade so they tend to be dog aggressive when off
property their little more lenient in that as long as they're around
respectful dogs then they're fine so it's kinda same with people there
they're defined with them as long as there as long as a respectful we work
with an organization called project coyote and project coyote they want to
maintain the balance between predators and and our urban suburban rural life
right so big because they're they're an integral part of the ecosystem and we as
ranchers have always looked at the necessity to keep our animals safe and
look at predators as the enemy when the Predators are just surviving they're
doing what what they do and so when we don't allow or when we don't provide
safety for our animals it allows the Predators and easy meal so
what we as ranchers have provided is is essentially a drive-through for for
predatory animals we have these you know she brought they're going to add in a
closed space that can't get away and so it's it's easy pickings so the way that
American ranchers had dealt with that again our traps and snares and and
poisons and stout shooting predators but there's a quote that I love there's a
gentleman had said talking about you shooting a predator and he said you know
when we eliminate a predator and it but we don't expect another one
to take its place it's like pulling a bucket of water out of a river expecting
the whole to stay there you know that's not how it works these
these animals they they find an open space and they fill it so we found that
when we're we're killing predators were we were actually causing more problems
if we if we kill a mother for instance all the babies die if we kill a dominant
member than all of a sudden you've got all these teenagers running around doing
goofy stuff and and then they become more of a hazard for ranchers so if we
can allow them if we can keep them away from the the food source which is our
our livestock and allow them to hunt and do the things that they do their numbers
will balance themselves out now they're very good at that so project coyote has
been very good about getting out there and working with ranchers not just
saying you shouldn't do this they're saying hey hear some some ways
that we can combat this and then everybody goes home so dogs is one of
the the efforts that they've really put a lot of time into and we help with that
some educational things there are lights that they've used to down in Australia
they develop some strobe lights and stuff that tend to drive predators away
so they've got other other things that they can use their helping with the
fencing maybe sometimes changing just the the way we move our animals around
and and keeping lambs you know closer to the ranch and education that kind of
stuff so we feel like the Anatolian and for us and and livestock dogs in general
are sort of an answer to a problem that that came about a long long time ago and
so we sort of feel like we're returning to the past but what we're doing is
we're returning back to what works and you know Shepherds use livestock dogs
because they worked and they didn't have access to poisons and snares and all
this stuff and nor do they want them i would assume they just want to keep
their animals safe and so they did all the hard work for us they did
selective breeding they they gave us these breeds that can do this job and so
project coyote and and other organizations what they're trying to do
is say hey look this works this is work for thousands of years maybe you should
take a look at this so that conservation is a big part of why we why we had a
choice on our ranch and then why we look at livestock Guardian dog has a good
alternative to some of the other more deadly methods of controlling predators
the inclusion of anatolian through the akc for instance you okay it can be a slippery slope and i think
the the issue with any kennel club akc did some really wonderful things but
people have to understand that the akc is a registry and that's what they do
they register dogs so they don't make breeding decisions whether they're good
or bad they just don't make them when when we look at the akc and its role it
and primarily dog showing ok and keeping stud books and that sort of thing the showing part of it people can get a
little slow too invested in the winning at a show and not looking at what the
akc that the good use for the akc as a working breed or so what we want to do
is we want to show our breeding stock we want to be able to see what other people
are breeding and what other people are producing and so that's a really good
use for a show but any breed if you're going to be a breeder the and
stewardship portion of it requires you to hold your breeding program to a
standard to the standard of the brief always breathing towards that one
perfect dog that doesn't exist and so when we go to show their supposed to be
judging each individual dog against that standard and if we drive what we're
producing as a good working dog and that's what we show that's what we'll
we'll move forward move the breed forward if we if we allow ourselves to
be caught up in the game of showing and we want something that moves really
flashy which looks good but it's really not correct
for our breed and then people start seeing that think that's what the dog is
supposed to be and once you do that you you start down that road and then you
end up the bridge starts evil and we've seen it before the breeze will start to
sort of divided into your show dogs and you're working dogs we're really lucky that's far the most
of our breeders are working breeders some of them don't have working dogs but
they adhere to the same temperament and physical characteristics that make a
working dog successful so if we can continue that I think we're going to be
in good shape but it's up to us to do that as a breeder our focuses on
preservation of our breed we we breed dogs because we work our dogs but I i
look at this sort of our our opportunity to pass this this breed on to the next
generation so they've been bred for 6,000 years to do this then I don't want
them to get destroyed on my watch i think it's it's a very very important
aspect for us so as breeders and and all good breeders you're gonna look at
health and temperament of your dogs are going to look at at their ability to do
what they were bred to do and if we if we were steadfast in doing our job at
producing correct dogs then we can do that we can pass this breed on to the
next generation and the next one after that after that but we have to really be
focused on what these dogs are here for and why they are the way they are and it
when we look at that placing dogs is and that's another issue is these dogs work
really well and the environment that they like this environment ok there are
they they are a specialty tool i use the example of of a military hummer they're
really cool vehicles but they're not a grocery-getter they're not a daily
driver there a specific tool for a specific job and these dogs are very
much that way so when we look at that holding our dogs because we don't keep
every dog that we breed we need to place them in environments that they're going
to be able to flourish and that we're going to be able to keep
them safe so the stewardship of the breed part of it is as breeders and part
of it as the hands that we put these dogs into so they're not a status symbol
dog they're not you know we don't we don't want is a breed is we don't want
them in the wrong hands because they're going to do things that aren't socially
acceptable and that's it's really important that we stay out of that
limelight we don't we don't want that we want our dogs to to benefit from rr4
thought when we are placing dogs and homes and and branches that kind of
setting so that's what we want to do is a breeder we want to continue breeding
correct dogs with correct temperaments with working abilities and then we also
want to help other breeders do the same thing so we have readers that have
helped us enormously in our program ton of knowledge knowledge of genetics and
just husband tree and those kinds of things about histories and so that was
passed to us and and we feel really strong we need to pass it on to the next
generation so that we can keep the dogs in the right hands and not have them end
up where they really really shouldn't be while we love our dogs and and and they
are there are great dogs to live with when they're doing when they're living
the right life when they're doing what they're bred to do but livestock
guarding dogs and I'll speak specifically for anatolian you know most
predators are out at night so they tend to be most active at night so they're
kind of a nocturnal dog they bark because they're doing their job there
they they are the blinking security light for our ranch right so that's
that's and that doesn't fit well into a neighborhood they dig they will turn a
landscape into a moonscape so fast it'll make your head spin and and they in the
in their native land they had to fend for themselves food-wise so they dig up rodents they
catch birds they do those sorts of things so barking and digging and and
doing a lot of it at knife makes them very neighbor unfriendly they tend to be dog aggressive because
most of the Predators Arcanus so they they're they're wary of other dogs it's just how we have bred them it's a
survival tactic so when you look at those things and of
course they're big and when you look at all those things that it it makes them
not well suited as a as an urban or a of suburban type of a pet it's not the
people don't do it but it takes up a dedication like keeping any other animal
you know you have to you you need to do what you need to do to keep them safe to
make sure their life is complete and that's really really hard to do we we
don't want to see the abilities of these dogs which the strengthened and the
garden ability which makes them really good as livestock dogs we don't want to
see that ability misused by people that want just want to mean dog because it's
it's it's a serious thing you know it's one thing to have a you know a 70-pound
German Shepherd that's mad at you and I don't want that but you have a hundred
fifty pound dog that's mad at you is you know it can be a deadly thing so we we
feel very strongly that these dogs need to be in certain settings and that's why
I say you go through breeders that no the dog that will get to know you and
they'll help you to decide if that breed is right for you it's a great read in its own setting and
for the right reasons and then the wrong setting it can be a real disaster so
yeah it's it's it's very much a specialty tool so thank you for joining
us this is nick Cavanaugh from Haven ranch signika anatolian i hope you
learned something if you want more in information on the breed their to breed
clubs there is the Anatolian Shepherd Dog Club of America or a SD CA or the
anatolian shepherd dogs international PSD I both of them have lots of
information they've got a breeders list of people you can contact and start your
search if you think one of these dogs is right
for your environment thank you

44 thoughts on “TURKISH KANGAL DOGS – ANATOLIAN SHEPHERDS – SIX THOUSAND YEARS OF LIVESTOCK GUARDING PERFECTED

  1. Since the 1950’s the Americas mixed up Kangal and anatolian shepherd and now think its the same dog. Its a 6000 yr old breed your not meant to influence nothing. Out of your dogs Inci is a kangal and Ruh is a anatolian shepherd. Kangal has a crocodile shaped like head (not much dip from forehead to nose) and they have triangle broad chest with skinny rear unlike the Anatolian shepherd. You think colour is the only difference! This guy is very unaware unfortunately. Come and visit Turkey for some education is you really want to breed Turkish dogs. – Turkish Dog Expert

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge on the Anatolian shepherd. My boyfriend got one and I was just curious about the breed. He is gentle and loving but I see many of characteristics/aspects you stated in him.

  3. My two mastiffs are quick, agile and Large…Male is 32" and female is 28" She is 145 lbs and he is about 160. They are not heavy because they get exercise, and their diet is controlled with a 32 oz of Kibble and the rest of the bowl is made up of fresh Green Beans, Carrots, and sweet potatoes. We get about 12 years out of our Mastiffs, and they are pretty much healthy without hip, or bone defects throughout their entire life. They look pretty similar to the Kangal, but we were looking for an athletic Mastiff that would enjoy being active, and would have the stamina to hunt with me, and stay close to me off leash. I would love a Kangal, but they are home sleeping when my wife and I are at work. about 10 hours a day. They love their sleep. This is our second set and we look for a specific breeder, and type of English Mastiff…NOT the huge head, and massive weight. Just extremely healthy and put together with a healthy conformation. Maybe someday I will get a Kangal, but I would never get one unless I had about 20-40 acres for such a splendid dog to roam and have a place to be challenged and have an area that is theirs to protect.

  4. Dogumentary TV >>> Thank you for the excellent video on the "Kangal" dog native to Turkey. I hope that you might also consider introducing and covering an equally exquisite large-breed guardian dog called the "Akbaş (transliterated into English as 'Akbash'). Many thanks for your excellently-produced informative videos.

  5. Anatolian shepherd is mostly a western invention. Kangal is pure bred Turkish flock guard. Akbash the white shepherd in western Turkey. Rough coated flock guard in eastern Turkey looks similar to Caucasian Shepherd.

  6. I have admired this breed of dog for a while now. I’ve had German Shepherd’s in the past, love the GSD, but thought it might be nice to Bring in to my life an Anatolian for my next dog. I want to thank you because I think you have made me realize that this dog would not be right for me because I live in a suburban neighborhood and I agree with you reason. I 100% agree with your breeding goals and hope that breeders of all breeds would aborted these goals.

  7. Unfortunately, when you leash a Kangal, he is not a Kangal that you wish anymore. Kangals and Akbash should not be leashed. Leashing and training is against their nature. They born with the instinct of protection. And they choose who would they protect!! You observe the difference between a leashed Akbash and never leashed Akbash in a short time. A leashed dog always respects unleashed peers and don’t take charge against them.
    Meanwhile Anatolian Shepherd dogs has two main races. The first one is Akbash(white head) and the second is Karabas (black head). Kangal is one of the breed under Karabas race.

  8. Turkish kangal, akbas and malakli dogs are belonged to anatolia, so us. Turkish kangal dogs are very successful in wolf attacks. a kangal can easily kill a wolf ( and akbas ..malakli breeds ).

  9. Nice and very educative and informative video, which really provides useful ideas and solution to co-exist with predatory animals/ wildlife around a farmstead. Hope more farmers and ranchers will consider and implement this concept to their operations and become less trigger-happy but more engaged to care for the balance of the environment and wildlife areas by demonstrating good and responsible stewardship.

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  11. Massive respect for this man. I know nothing of the breed or dogs in general, but It's easy to see that he knows his stuff. Well done video, wonderful interview with someone who knows his dogs.

  12. This is a great documentary & I so agree with you on the slippery slope of the "show ring" messing up dogs temperament & health for the sake of looks only. You only have to look at my beloved breed the German Shepherd to see that the show ring & backyard breeders that know nothing about the breed destroyed this dog. I have 2 working line GSDs and thankfully there are some good breeders out there that still breed for their working traits & proper temperament. This does mean they are not appropriate for the average couch potato pet owner. I really hope this never happens to your breed. It's a working dog & should remain so, kudos to you for breeding for those traits.

  13. There are people in Turkey trying to take care of stray dogs some of these homeless strays look like Anatolian Shepard and Kangal . Does anyone have a way to help them ???They made a shelter for them .Puppies and mammas .

  14. Can"t comment in english!Sve te velike i dominantne rase,osim sarplaninca ili kavkasca ne ostaju kod kuce,ako osete usamljenog vuka!Ako cuvaju stado?!On,alfa male,odlazi u noc i vrati se sav polomljen ili ne!I nisu najveci!

  15. you did the best decision move out and live in farm for your daughter's sake. You are very smart guy. Predators are in cities and she is much more safe with kangals and stay away from stupid fake second life and internet crap. Have a happily life with your family.

  16. I have a 2 year old female. she is 32 in at the shoulder and extremely powerful and strong. she seems to have longer hair then most of the other Anatolian and kangal dogs that I have seen on YouTube. she loves to Roam. and she is super athletic and fast for such a big dog. she was raised with goats and chickens and children. I inherited her. and now she has no real job to do what she was bred for. I hope I can find her a good Farm home where she can protect her livestock herd and family.

  17. There are several large or better to say huge breeds of herding dogs in Anatolia. Akbas, Kangal , Karayaka( one type of Kangal) Aksaray Malaklısı etc. They are strong , super reliable and born with super strong protective instict. Please do not let anyone to have them as if they wanna keep them as pitbulls, bullterriers or other mastiff kind of animals. Do not let anyone to keep them for dog figths. I do not want to see that our lovely anatolian breeds identified as dangerous like pitbulls.

  18. 2:42 ELa future of breeding program… I like it!

    EL is GOD, ela is female god, or the beginning, or just 'THE'… Not sure if you did this on purpose, but it's perfect! 🙂

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