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Some Morphological Characteristics of Kangal Dogs Raised in Various Parts of Turkey. I. Body Measurements

Orhan YILMAZ, Mehmet ERTUGRUL.

Abstract
In this PhD Thesis, data of some morphological characteristics of Kangal Dogs raised in various parts of Turkey were analyzed. Data collected from 432 male and 303 female, total 735 dogs were examined at 3 different groups as sheep breeders, civil and official dog breeding farms. Collected data were analyzed for sex, coat colour, style of breeding, national and local regions using methods of ANOVA and Duncan. Means of adult weight, withers height, height at rump, body length, heart girth circumference, cannon circumference, ear length, head length, muzzle length, head circumference, limb length, tail length, head width, chest width, abdomen width, chest depth, haunch width at Kangal Dogs were found as 45.9 kg; 74.8, 73.8, 84.5, 86.2, 13.2, 13.5, 30.7, 12.6, 53.8, 35.6, 47.8, 14.3, 19.7, 15.9, 31.6, 22.7 cm respectively. It could be concluded that the real examples of Turkish Kangal Shepherd Dogs could be found in a place where dogs raised by sheep breeders rather than raised at official or civil breeding farms.

Key words: Kangal Dog, morphological characteristics, body measurements, body weight.



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