2017, Cilt 33, Sayı 4, Sayfa(lar) 268-275
Some morphological characteristics of Turkish shepherd dogs raised in breeder conditions various countries
Cafer Tepeli1, Metin Erdoğan2, Alper Yılmaz1, Zafer Bulut3, Peter Savolainen4
1Selçuk Üniversitesi, Veteriner Fakültesi Zootekni Anabilim Dalı, Konya, Türkiye
2Afyon Kocatepe Üniversitesi, Veteriner Fakültesi, Moleküler Biyoloji ve Genetik Anabilim Dalı, Afyon, Türkiye
3Selçuk Üniversitesi, Veteriner Fakültesi, Biyokimya Anabilim Dalı, Konya, Türkiye
4Kraliyet Üniversitesi, Biyoteknoloji ve Genetik Anabilim Dalı, Stockholm, İsveç
Keywords: Turkish shepherd dogs, morphological characteristics

Aim: This research was conducted to compare some morphological characteristics of shepherd dogs, phenotypically similar to Turkish shepherd dogs, raised in public areas in Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan.

Materials and Methods: A total of 468 dogs of different ages were used in the study. Body measurements such as shoulder height, rump height, body length, front chest width, chest depth, chest girth, head girth, head length and muzzle length were taken from the dogs.

Results: There were significant differences between Kangal dogs in Turkey and dogs in the Kangal phenotype of Iran, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan regarding some body measurements, such as shoulder height,, body length, and chest circumference (P<0.01). It can be said that Kangal dogs raised in public areas in Turkey are bigger size than Kangal dogs in other countries.

Conclusion: Morphological comparisons of Turkish Shepherd Dog Breeds can be extended by including similar phenotype dogs in Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan.