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i'm amazed nobody has said anything!
 

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That is shameful! These are also better known as Anatolian Sheep Dogs. They are a livestock guardian breed. The ONLY reason someone would cut off their ears would be if they were using them as fighting dogs - which apparently this asshat is doing. Disgusting.
 

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I don´t want to defend the guy or anything since I´m also against keeping dogs chained, but I understand these Anatolian Sheperds still serve their primary functions of stock guardians in their countries of origin, they are not pets. Cropping their ears could really be done to protect them from the animals they have to fight (i.e. wolves)

These dogs are not kept close to people, but to their stock, so they become very aggressive and territorial and might need to be chained when not guarding.

Just a thought. Don´t want to be judgemental without knowing the real story behind

BTW there is terrible animal cruelty everywhere in the world, not only the third world
 

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blackandyellow said:
I don´t want to defend the guy or anything since I´m also against keeping dogs chained, but I understand these Anatolian Sheperds still serve their primary functions of stock guardians in their countries of origin, they are not pets. Cropping their ears could really be done to protect them from the animals they have to fight (i.e. wolves)

These dogs are not kept close to people, but to their stock, so they become very aggressive and territorial and might need to be chained when not guarding.

Just a thought. Don´t want to be judgemental without knowing the real story behind

BTW there is terrible animal cruelty everywhere in the world, not only the third world
I beg to differ on a few points. I know several people with Anatolians. They are not inherently aggressive dogs. Typically when these dogs are being used as flock guardians - they live with the sheep. All the time, their whole lives. It would be extremely atypical to chain these dogs up.

If the dogs needed short ears for "fighting" wolves (which is not what happens - their very large presence scares intruding predators off) they would not have been bred for the floppy Lab-like ears they possess. Upright ears are not hard to obtain it that is a trait a breed needs to have.

And no one blamed the 3rd world for animal cruelty. The remark was made that the conditions the dogs were living in appeared like a 3rd world country. That is different.
 

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First off, Kangal dogs are NOT Anatolians. Sometimes they are grouped as Turkish herding dogs and are listed as Anatolians, but that is not the case. Kangal's come from the province of Sivas, and the town of Kangal. True Turkish Kangal dogs are a seperate breed from the generic Turkish Shepherd.

Their export from Turkey is almost totally forbidden at this time, so the ones pictured are most likely still in the mountains of their native land. Obviously, they people living in the mountains of Turkey have a much different standard of living than we have and a different way of looking at their animals. While the owner seems to be very proud of his dogs, I am sure he sees them as tools of his probable farming and herding trade.

Kangals do have drop ears that can look like they are croped. It is also interesting to note that according to breed standard "Honorable scars or evidence of injury from working in the field are not to be penalized"

I have always loved the large working dogs of that area and have some very good websites for anyone who might be interested. I also have a good friend that works closely with any of this type dog that is in need of rescue in the USA. She was just telling me of a Knagal in need a few days ago. Someday I would love to have a Kangal or Ovchardka dog of my own.
 
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