I have recently returned from Turkey where I presented a paper at the 2nd Annual International Conference on the Kangal Shepherd Dogs. The conference was held in the Kangal part of the Anatolian Plateau, the native area for the sheep dogs and we visited local villages to observe working dogs and learn more about the success of the breed throughout its 6,000 year history. It was a thrill to see the dogs working in their natural environment.
Farming is giving way to agriculture in many areas of Turkey so they were happy to see their dogs being of good use in other parts of the world. The conference was very and I was able to teach as well as learn, as our Namibian Kangal Anatolian Shepherd working dogs have become a pride of Turkey.
- Laurie Marker