SIVAS, Turkey (AP) – For 30 years, Huseyin Yildiz has bred powerful shepherd dogs in the central Anatolian province of Sivas, Turkey.
However, the animal breed, which Turkey considers a national dog, is fighting for international recognition. The Kennel Club of the United Kingdom lists Turkish Kangal dogs as a distinct breed characterized by its dark muzzle and ears. In other parts of the Western world, stallions are still associated with breeds like the region, such as Anatolian shepherd dogs.
Their origins in the Kangal district of Sivas are said to date back thousands of years, although concrete evidence is scarce. Yildiz, 50, describes the herd as “Anatolian lions.”
“The stray dog is an ancient heritage of Anatolia,” he told the Associated Press. “It’s fast, fast, nimble, nimble, strong and smart. At the same time, it looks like a wolf, which sets it apart from other dog breeds. ”
Although large, dirty, short-haired creatures are mainly used to protect animal flocks, Yildiz says they are also used for personal protection. Stands are known to be one of the strongest bites of any dog.
On his farm 450 kilometers (280 miles) east of the Turkish capital, Ankara, Yildiz says he keeps male dogs separate as they fight to the death.
He currently has 67 purebred stallions on the farm, but Yildiz says he has bred more than 500 dogs in three decades and sold most of them. He presented flags to the Turkish police and military forces.