Thursday, June 25, 2009

Asalet Ayca

I have been raiding Stuart's photos (again)
This is a photo he took of Ayca September 08. She would be 8 months old. She looks super fit and bright eyed (which she is). Definitely Ugarit's daughter.

Asalet Bakici aka Kai

Here are three photos of Kai. He really is coming on a treat and looks so lovely in these photos. The one thing I have noticed though is that Kai and Fern "sit" quite a lot. This is something that they do as part of their training which is great but I do have to say you don't see many photographs of an Anatolian sitting.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Asalet Anatolian Shepherd Dogs

These are just three photos taken from one of John's trips to Turkey. I really like them but for different reasons. The first one in particular does show a bitch with some of her puppies which obviously shows that these litters comes in all colours and tri colours.
The other two are really great also.
It is worthy of a mention that there are some people out there using John's photos and passing them off as their own - BEWARE. Self promotion only. On top of that they are quoting copyright restrictions!!
Surely it would be better if those concerned could be honest or better still go to Turkey and get their own photos. Not likely.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Asalet Anatolian Shepherd Dogs - Puppies Available Soon

Asalet Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are pleased to announce that we are expecting puppies at the end of July.
Above are photos of the sire Cesur and dam Ulli.
Cesur's hip score is 9 and Ulli's is 15.
They both have a wonderful temperament.
For more information or a chat please call Anne or John on 01205 870027.

Asalet Bal

Here is Bal in her favourite place. Right in front of the patio windows getting all the hear of the sun. She is 11 months of age.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

More of Fern and Kai

Asalet Bela

Received an email this week from Izzet and Suzy with an update on Bela.

You may notice the red patch on her nose. I am told she had a fight with the shed which resulted in the scratch. The shed now needs 3 new planks.
All told I am pleased to hear she is doing very well and enjoys her daily walks in Alexandra Park Palace. She has a great pal called Maximus. He is a year old boxer as can be seen in one of the photos.

Fern and Kai

Above are two recent photos of Fern and Kai both looking really good although you can see that Kai is still a young man. Fern is just short of 17 months old and maturing up just lovely.

These two have such a lovely life with Stuart and Rachel - Thank you.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Nothing in this post that hasn't already been said but I thought it would be worthwhile repeating.

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is an ancient flock protecting dog (they do not herd) found throughout rural Turkey that is known by the Turkish Shepherd’s as Çoban Kőpeği which translates as Shepherd Dog.

In more recent times these dogs are being referred to by some as Kangal, which is a newly created name favouring dogs from the Kangal/Sivas area that are fawn with a black mask. This modern name excludes many excellent dogs from any other region. The Turkish Shepherd's throughout time have continually selected dogs purely for their working ability, allowing only the best dogs to continue their lines regardless of colour, with form and function being their only criteria.

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog can be seen in Turkey in a variety of colours, ranging from white through to red, whole coloured or even tri-colour. The coat is short to rough with neck hair slightly longer and thicker at neck and mane. A thick undercoat is common to all. Feathering on ear fringes, legs, breeching and tail may be seen with rough coats.

The Breed standard in the UK was amended in May 2004 and is now more in line with the FCI and the American Kennel Club whereby accepting all colours as depicted in these photographs. The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is large and powerfully built and is a formidable animal and with a presence unlike many other breeds. Although they are normally, a very calm dog they can spring into action without any warning. When alert the tail is normally curled over reaching the dogs back.

This is not a breed for the faint hearted. They are strong willed and a thinking dog and will try to outwit you on occasion.This breed gets under your skin and once they have allowed you to live with them you will find it hard to live without them. Although the Anatolian here in the UK is predominantly a pet or show dog socialisation is essential to help its behaviour. The Anatolian Shepherd Dog does not always tolerate other dogs. The Anatolian is easy maintenance. They require very little grooming although daily grooming will help to reduce hair shedding throughout the home and a heavier shedding should be expected from the rougher coated Anatolians for several weeks during the moulting period. They are self-cleaning and bathing is not a necessary requirement. Exercise whilst growing should be restricted.

They do like to play and run loose although a secured area is essential, as sometimes they may not see the need to return to its master when running free. Furthermore, this breed is not the type that will fetch a ball all day! You may find yourself doing your own retrieving.

This breed does not suffer from any major health issues.

The Anatolian is also generally long lived for a large breed. Breed Standard
Large, upstanding, tall, powerfully built, with broad, heavy head and short dense coat. Must have size, stamina and speed.

Active breed used originally as a guard dog for sheep; hard working; capable of enduring extremes of heat and cold.

Steady and bold without aggression, naturally independent, very intelligent. Proud and confident.

Skull large, broad and flat between ears. Slight furrow between eyes and slight stop. Mature males have broader head than females. Foreface one- third of total head length. Slightly pendulous black lips. Square profile. Nose black.

Eyes - Rather small in proportion to size of skull, set well apart and deep, showing no haw. Golden to brown in colour. Eye rims black.

Ears - Medium-sized, triangular in shape, rounded at tip, carried flat to skull and pendant, higher when alert.

Mouth - Teeth strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Lips black.

Neck - Slightly arched, powerful, muscular, moderate in length, rather thick. Slight dewlap.
Forequarters -Shoulders well muscled and sloping. Forelegs set well apart, straight and well boned; of good length; strong pasterns, slightly sloping when viewed from side. Elbows close to sides.

Body -Chest deep to point of elbow, ribs well sprung. Body powerful, well muscled, never fat. Level back. Body in proportion to leg length, slightly arched over loins, with good tuck-up.
Hindquarters - Powerful, lighter than forequarters; moderate turn of stifle.

Feet - strong with well arched toes. Nails short.

Tail -Long, reaching at least to hock. Set on rather high. When relaxed carried low with slight curl, when alert carried high with end curled over back, especially by males.

Gait/Movement -Relaxed even gait, with impression of latent power, very supple movement. Noticeable straight line of head, neck and body, giving impression of stalking in some dogs. Great drive when viewed from side.

Coat - Short, dense with thick undercoat. Flat, close-lying, neither fluffy nor wavy. S lightly longer and thicker at neck, shoulders and tail; no feathering on ears or legs.
Colour - All colours acceptable, with or without black mask and black ears.

Size - Height: dogs: 74-81 cms (29-32 ins) at the shoulders; bitches: 71-79 cms (28-31 ins). Weight: mature dogs: 50-64 kgs (110-141 lbs); bitches: 41-59 kgs (90-130 lbs).vFaults - Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

Note - Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

We were out in the garden with the dogs and just took a few snaps to share on the blog. Above is Gabby our 9 year old Bernese Mountain Dog. She is just wonderful.

Here is Cesur looking as though he has just been caught out - digging or something!!

Here is Ayca. What a super little girl she is and spends so much of her time in the garden just relaxing.

And here is little Bal. She is now 10 months old. She is such a dear little thing but a little timind when away from home so we are having to do some work with her i.e. socialising her and dog training etc. and there is already great improvement - thank goodness.

Leo and Cesur

The above photos show Cesur and Leo relaxing in the garden although looking at Cesur yawning we might well have disturbed him from a snooze. The two males are 16 months and 2 years of age and they are great buddies and play brilliantly together.

Leo goes Reserve Best in Show

John and I thought we would take Bal and Leo to a local Companion Show. Bal in particular needs to be socialised as much as we can as although she is a cocky little thing at home away from home she is a little timid - but she is getting better.

So we thought we would only be out for a couple of hours but Leo went on to win Reserve Best in Show which was much more than we could have expected. There were over 70 dogs there so he did do well.

What a pleasure Leo was to take out. He has an absolutely fantastic temperament and never puts a foots wrong. What a credit to the breed.