|Purebred Turkish puppies or started dogs |
available to the right homes.
While I shared much of this information with Turkish friends on my 2010 trip there, I have now taken the liberty of reprinting information I wrote for the Fall 2012 ADAA Bulletin here. This is copyrighted information but I am happy to give permission for reprinting. Just contact me.
In May of 2010 an article entitled “A Review: The Use of Livestock Protection Dogs in Association with Large Carnivores in the Rocky Mountains” by C. Urbigkit and S. Urbigkit was published in Sheep and Goat Research.
This article has been influential among government agencies, researchers, and livestock owners. It was the result of the Urbigkits’ travel through countries where livestock protection dogs are still used against large predators. Their travels were motivated by the need to find a better way for livestock producers here to discourage predation by northern wolves and grizzly bears. As Wyoming sheep ranchers, the Urbigkits were personally familiar with the problems facing livestock owners.
Spanish Mastiffs, Bulgarian Karakachan Dogs, and Turkish Kangal Dogs were three breeds that the Urbigkits focused on, in part because of their size or special reputation. They evaluated the way these breeds were used in their homelands and the way that livestock producers use lpds in North America.
|A traditional Turkish iron collar from the Taylor collection.|
ANOTHER consideration not discussed in the ADAA Bulletin nor in the Urbigkits' article is whether or not to crop the ears of the working livestock protection dogs on range in North America.
|A Kangal Dog near Konya in 2007. Photo by Taylor.|