A link to your photo arrived on my phone, but not here on my PC. I have taken the liberty of attaching the photo of your lovely dog here for you. Nice black mask and nice conformation, excellent tail carriage, he'd show well. Very nice!
Thanks Chris, I have been away from forums for a while, ill work out whats wrong with the method I use for image upload. I have an Instagram for the pooch if you want to see a bunch of stuff.
So I'm UK born Turkish origin from the 70's. My father bought some Karabash over to the UK in late 80's. Also English servicemen stationed in Turkey and Cyprus would adopt them and bring them to UK around same time. Diaspora from Turkey across Europe also assisted in their cultivation.
Our dogs eventually went to working farms in the UK and then into breeding programs around the UK.My Anatolian 'Hix' is a descendent of one of those programs (which is lovely as that line was from my grandad)
Weight :56 kg (i keep him athletic)
Height:33 inch to shoulder
He is a 'Sunlion Anatolian' from Scotland. (Kennel club registered )His Uncle was best of breed pastoral (last couple of years).
The full 'sharp' behaviour from back home in Turkey has been dulled for EU/UK. They just don't need that level of aggression. In Turkey they are up against wolves and bears so its required.
I spent time in Africa, and they were introduced there as they have the tools to handle large predators like cheetas etc...
In my experience, Anatolian/karabash expect full reciprocal behaviour from the dogs they encounter. Full dog behaviour and cordial conduct or they let you know about it.
They are a fabulous breed, but like you say Chris, they are a commitment and props for rescues.
I reported a few idiots in my time who thought it would be a good idea to get a Karabash without understanding the ramifications.
I get stopped alot and asked about him and he is great with the ladies
But he is like driving a car, constant alert and attention as its generally other dogs taht are an issue in their untrained behaviour (owners fault )
Never off leash, and I use a gencon all in one head leash gives me control and let's me keep him secure around people.
Local basketball court lets me let him off leash for his runs, and I long leash when we are in open spaces(fields etc..)
Only other gripe is because my local park is hampstead heath, 'Hix' considers the heath 'HIS'.
Thats the hyper territorial trait.
Recently had him neutered as he was getting rough, now he has reverted tochildlike behaviour, just wants to play and play and play and play!!!
Wrestling with a 9 stone tooled up karabash is like a going up against a heavyweight MMA fighter.