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Magazines

Magazines

 The great quality of  KANGAL MèX  makes our specimens to be published in various magazines nationally and internationally.

GOAT RANCHER MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2011 EDITION, U.S.A.

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Photos: Nuray & Ankara (Cuernavaca, Morelos, México).

 

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ENTREVISTA KANGAL MéX, EN LA REVISTA MUNDOKNINO MÉXICO. (NOVIEMBRE 2010) 







 

Kangal Çoban Köpeği

 

By: KANGAL MèX 

There are many legends revolving around this breed, the first is that the Kangal was the product of a lion and tiger during the period of the Assyrian empire and Babylon to provide protection against wild animals and due to their ferocity they were used in large battles.

Another legend tells that the first Kangal was presented to Ottoman Sultan "Yavuz Selim" from the hands of a Maharaja, the specimen was tested and fought a lion in the palace..........., at the end the dog was victorious.

The breed name is taken from the small town of Kangal, located southeast of the city of Sivas, central Turkey; it is in this area where the best specimens are found.  Today it is very common to find good breeders in any Turkish region, since in recent years the government of that country has worked to preserve and protect the breed.  If we look carefully we will likely find good breeders outside Turkey (mostly Turkish origin), this because in the past two decades, the purchasing craze has increased, which has made them popular specimens worldwide but unfortunately today there are a few of them and very little of the Kangal is known in our country.

The term Kangal Çoban Köpeği (sheepdog) or Kangal Karabaş (black face) is used to describe the sheepdog of villagers who have herds (sheep, goats, etc.) in the region of Turkey, these specimens have been bred for thousands of years to protect the herds in the region of Anatolia against any predators, the most common of which in Turkey are Asian wolves and bears.

It is important to mention that the Akbaş dog (white face) of white fur on the body, has no connection with the Kangal, as the latter has its typical black mask (Karabaş).  It has been shown in DNA studies that although they come from the same region, they are unrelated.  It's still a mystery why Kangal DNA matches Nordic dogs.

This specimen is considered a national symbol and can be observed in some post stamps, and even children from an early age (in drawings) have a very clear idea of what a Kangal represents.  The Turks have a great appreciation for this specimen because it is responsible for protecting the herd and other animals.

It is very common to see on the plains of Turkey herds of from 2,000 to 5,000 thousand heads accompanied by these specimens, who work in an organized manner, i.e., because the region of Turkey is very mountainous and rocky it is very common to lose track of the whole herd and moreover if it is numerous.  Therefore the shepherds guard their herds with at least four specimens, which have a leader who strategically places the rest of the group with the intention of keeping it protected and the herd knowing they are protected, all this is done through teamwork and if there is any threat to the unit, the warning is generated and the Kangal shall zealously fulfill his work even at risk of its own life.

The specimen is hot-tempered, large and imposing, extremely fast and strong, able to cover long distances, can reach speeds above 50 km per hour, is rustic in appearance, its physical constitution is of much resistance and preserves it thanks to its ancient lineage; they are used to working in any terrain, and can manage to go through obstacles around 2m in height without any problems.  They are resistant to both cold and hot extreme weathers and incidentally they are on the list of the five most powerful bites in the canine world.

Having said the above and thanks to their kindly features, we can find these specimens working in some parts of Africa, tending herds against the Cheetah.  It is known that due to the implementation of a program of the Kangal for protecting herds in Africa, their extermination and extinction has been avoided in recent years, since previously pastors hunted them indiscriminately.  The function of the Kangal is to scare the Cheetah and does it successfully.  It has been observed in zoos in China, that the Kangal is used to give company to big cats.

Males have an average height between 73 and 82 cm, weighing approximately 45 to 70 kg, compared to females with a slightly lower height of 68-78 cm and a weight of 42-60 kg.  Sometimes these specimens can be found in a larger size, but there is no problem as long as they are balanced.  The above norms are accepted by experts in the Kangal Festival in Sivas.  KANGAL MèX  has decided to adapt to the norms of Turkey as we consider important to respect the norms of the country of origin.

"The UKC norms are different from those of the Kangal Festival: males from 76 to 81 cm, weight 49-66 kg, females 71 to 76 cm, weight of about 40-55 kg".

Every year in the region of Sivas the “Kangal Festival” is celebrated, which brings together all lovers and owners of this breed to show and display their specimens, this event usually takes place in mid-July and we can find all kinds of participants from villagers of the region to specialized breeders.  It is a very important festival where the only goal is to be the best and keep the prestige.  We are pleased to mention that one of the best breeders and consistent winner year after year in different categories of the Kangal Festival is our friend Akin Tulubas originating in the city of Samsun, Turkey, and owner of the BozKennel kennel. 

As mentioned earlier, this breed is working and for that reason it is very common to see them with a peculiar ear cut; also, they can be seen with different kinds of colorful necklaces.  The most common is the Sivas type necklace, which is forged from steel and has a sort of spikes and is a necessary tool to do their jobs because they have to deal with the constant onslaught of predators.  The ears are cut to avoid being pressed and hurt; the necklace is to address one or more attacks of predators, which can damage such a vulnerable area as is the neck.  The struggles that have rightly taken place against wolves have made the Kangal a worldwide legend.

Now is very common to see the Kangal in semi rural or urbanized areas under the role of guardian and/or partner, as it is a highly customizable and noble specimen.  As to dealing with children, family and other living things in the home, their posture will always be gentle, but of full protection and care against the unknown.

Currently it is very difficult to purchase specimens directly from Turkey, and is filed as illegal because, as mentioned above, this breed is being protected and guarded by the Turkish government.  We are aware of cases of people who have traveled to Turkey and when departing for their destination the specimen is confiscated, for this purpose is essential to have a good agent for export and avoid risks, as is the case of our Turkish friend Al Kurt who does this work extraordinarily.

It is important to note that currently this breed is not recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) but other agencies such as the TKC (Turkish Kennel Club), KCA (Kangal Club of America), UK (The Kennel Club) and some other clubs, which do recognize the breed.  Currently KANGAL MéX is working hard to form the KCM (Kangal Club México), with the intention of raising awareness of the breed in our country.  We are aware that the road is long and the challenge difficult, there are still very few genuine Kangal specimens in our country and we are a small but active group of friends interested in conserving and preserving the breed.

Unfortunately we have noticed that nowadays due to its hardiness, temperament and strength, this breed is used for fights; the latter is detrimental to the breed, which in the immediate future may result in deterioration of the image, as with other breeds.  What people should understand is that the function of this specimen is exclusively work.

Currently some hunters (mainly in Turkey) use these specimens for the so-called hunting or hunt, with very good results as it is an specimen of powerful bite, an essential feature sought by some hunters for the so-called "grip", plus a fewer number of elements are used for the attack (rehala or pack) because of their size and power.

Today it is very easy to acquire "Anatolian Shepherd Dog" specimens instead of Kangal, as these are very similar yet very different, people are constantly deceived and this is due to the lack of knowledge and information, but we can tell you that at first glance is very noticeable, and can be easily observed with some experience in appearance, temperament and size.  We recommend that before purchasing a specimen of this kind, the source of the same is corroborated in order to avoid being deceived.  If the lineage is not from Turkish origin, you will hardly be acquiring the specimen you are looking for.

KANGAL MèX