“Pungsan dogs are a breed known for their loyalty and ferocity — hunting game that has been reported to include wolves, wild boar, panthers and even tigers. They are also affectionate, social and, in some instances, diplomatic. The leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, presented two Pungsan pups to South Korean President Moon Jae-in — perhaps the latest symbol of an improving relationship between the two countries — Moon’s office announced Sunday.” [More…]
The Kangal Shepherd Dog is a breed of large livestock guardian dog originating from the Sivas province of Turkey. The breed is of an early Mastiff type with a solid, pale tan or sabled coat, and a black mask. According to official Kangal Shepherd Dog organisations in Turkey, including the Cynology Federation of Turkey (Köpek Irkları ve Kinoloji Federasyonu, KIF) and the Ankara Kangal Association (Ankara Kangal Derneği, ANKADER), Kangals may also be brindle or feature a recessive black tan pattern; with or without a black mask; and/or with white markings.
While the Kangal Shepherd Dog is often referred to as a sheep dog, it is not a herding dog, but rather a flock guardian that lives with the flock of sheep to actively fend off predators of all sizes. Typically used as protection against wolves, bears, and jackals in its native Turkey, the breed has been exported to African countries like Namibia and Kenya in more recent years due to its intimidating size and capabilities as an effective guardian, where it successfully protects local herds from lions, cheetahs, and similar indigenous big cats, which has had the benefit of not only protecting livestock, but ensuring the continuity of endangered predators due to reduced cullings by local farmers.
The Kangal Shepherd Dog’s protectiveness, loyalty, and gentleness with small children and animals has led to its growing popularity as a guardian for families as well, as it regards people as its “flock” and guards them with extreme devotion.
While similar in appearance, the Kangal Shepherd Dog is considered a separate breed from the Anatolian Shepherd. Since 2018, FCI recognizes only the Kangal Shepherd Dog, completely replacing the old breed standard of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog. [Source: Wikipedia]
The following video is from Dogumentary TV posted to YouTube on 6 Jul 2018.
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The Kangal Dog is well known and very popular on the internet for being a fighting dog. The reality is that the breed has developed over hundreds of years as a Livestock Guardian Dog. While the occasional honor fight may have occurred amongst shepherd, the breed’s primary purpose was to defend and if necessary fight of large predators like wolves and bears, in it’s home region of Sivas, Turkey.
For hundreds of years the Kangal Dogs have fought deadly battles with large predators. Well on Evans Mill Cattle Ranch, the work may not be as deadly but the name of the game is still protection. Elisabeth Jensen and Marc Guilfoil employ six Kangals, to protect their cattle and keep the grounds of their ninety acre ranch in order.
On their ranch the biggest villians are Black Vultures and the always pesky Coyote.
A working Kangal on duty will station itself on a high vantage point overlooking its flock. On hot days, the dog will dig itself a hollow in the ground to keep cool. Novices learn by staying close to older dogs. The dogs will work in pairs or teams depending on the size of the flock, taking up positions around the sheep and changing their positions as needed. The intensity of their patrols around the sheep increases at nightfall.
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog (Turkish: Anadolu çoban köpeği) is a breed of dog which originated in the Anatolia region of central Turkey. It is rugged, large and very strong, with good sight and hearing that allow it to protect livestock. With its high speed and agility it is able to run down a predator with great efficiency. The Kennel Club of the United Kingdom classifies it as a shepherd dog and Fédération Cynologique Internationale classifies it as molossus/mountain dog #331 (group 2 part 2.2)
The Karabaş (Blackhead) is descended from ancient livestock guardian dog types that migrated with the transhumance, guarding flocks of sheep from wolves, bears, lions, tigers, leopards, jackals, and even cheetahs. It is probable that dogs of this type existed 6,000 years ago in what is now Turkey. Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are members of a very old breed, probably descended from powerful hunting dogs from Mesopotamia. This mountain dog breed was developed over time to meet a specific set of circumstances. The most formative were climate (very hot, dry summers and very cold winters), lifestyle (sedentary, semi-nomadic and nomadic) and duties (guarding flocks moving great distances on the Central Anatolian Plateau).
Anatolian Shepherds are still used to guard livestock. This dog is guarding a goat herd in rural USA. In the 1970s, breeders in the West became interested in these dogs and began developing the landrace natural breeds as modern breeds by documenting their descent from particular ancestors and writing breed standards. The Anatolian Shepherd Dog was imported from central Turkey into the United Kingdom by author and archaeologist Charmian Hussey. Although the first pair of dogs brought in by Roger Fanti Sr. were Karabakh (aka Kangal) dogs, other types of dogs were brought in later and cross bred under the definition of an Anatolian Shepherd dog. Many Turkish breeders believe that the Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a cross of the Kangal dog and the Akbash dog. [Source: Wikipedia]
The following video is from Dogumentary TV posted to YouTube on 10 Aug 2016.
Video Description from Dogumentary TV:
The Anatolian Shepherd/Turkish Kangal dog is a landrace breed that has be developed in Turkey for over six thousand years. It is one of the Livestock Guardian Dogs. The breed is known for their excellent guarding and defense of many different livestock. This breed works singularly or in a group to fend off large predators like, wolves, medium to large cats, and small predators like Raccoon, bobcats, and coyote. The dogs even work to protect their flocks from birds of prey.
In this video Nick Cavenaugh of Haven Ranch in Nappa Valley, Ca. tells us about the breed that his family has come to rely on. Not only are his Anatolian Shepherd tasked with the job of protecting the flock but also Nick’s baby girl Clare. 🙂
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The Boerboel, also known as the South African Mastiff, is a large, Molosser-type breed from South Africa bred for the purpose of guarding the homestead. These dogs were bred as working farm dogs and are one of the most powerful dog breeds.
The word “Boerboel” derives from “boer,” the Afrikaans/Dutch word for “farmer.” Boel is an old Dutch/Afrikaans slang word for dog. Boerboel, therefore, translates as either “farmer’s dog” or “Boer’s dog” and should be pronounced somewhat like “boo-r-bull.” (not Burbull). The Boerboel is the only South African dog breed created to defend the homestead.
Despite the Boerboel’s long breeding history, there is great uncertainty as to how many and which breeds were used to create it. It is generally believed that the breed was created from interbreeding native African landrace dogs, such as the Africanis, with breeds brought into South Africa by Dutch, French, and British settlers.
The most likely origins date back to Jan van Riebeeck’s arrival to the Cape in 1652. Van Riebeeck brought a “Bullenbijter” with him. Those originals settlers, and later European settlers, also had large, strong dogs that almost certainly bred with the indigenous, domestic dog breeds of South Africa.
In the early 1860s, when military posts were scattered across the South African frontier, bloodhounds, staghounds, greyhounds, bulldogs, terriers, mastiffs, pointers, and occasionally foxhounds were to be found at each post. The Boer dog was a cross between these breeds. It was generally in the vicinity of military posts where the best Boer dogs were to be found. In addition, the best dogs for hunting leopards and baboons were a cross between a mastiff and a bulldog.
Later, in 1928, the diamond mining company De Beers imported Bullmastiffs to South Africa to guard the mines. This breed was also crossbred with Boerboels in the region. [Source: Wikipedia]
Mike Moore and his Boerboels, Jade, Odi, and Crusher share a small home on Big Bear Mountain. Much like the land of their origin, Big Bear offers the Boerboels many of the same adversaries. From canine to feline predators to two footed predators.Mike’s Boerboels are always on duty and doing the job the breed was created to do. [Source: Dogumentary TV on YouTube, 14 Aug 2016]
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Note: This post was created on 23 Jul 2018 at 12:28 PM. However, because the video in this article is from 14 Aug 2016, we’ve postdated this page to match that date.
Paul Fuller of Bird Dogs Afield produced a 5-part series of videos with Jason Carter of Merrymeeting Kennels showing the various aspects of training a versatile hunting dog. Originally published to YouTube on 15 Jun 2018.
Imprinting and Early Puppy Development. Jason looks at puppy socialization and a timeline for training.
Jason discusses controlling the mouth. A look at hard mouth, force fetch and much more.
Getting the game to the game bag. In this video, it’s all about the retrieve. Also, a short discussion on senior dogs.
Getting the tools you need to handle your dog in the field. Jason demonstrates the “whoa” and “heel” command.
From puppies to senior dogs, it’s all about the point. Learn tips for developing the point.
Note: This video series was originally posted to YouTube on 15 Jun 2015. It was posted to this website on 22 Jun 2018, but postdated to the original date of the video series for chronological accuracy.