Just wanted to share my passion and love with anyone out there that loves Big Dogs. First to the USA, an Ancient breed of Guardian Dog from Turkey. Spent many years locating, and exporting (not easy from Turkey), this rare breed of dog.
These are the genetic remnants of the Asyrian and Babylonian War dogs. Bred to be able to take a man off of a horse in battle, and kill lions. When the lions were exterminated from Anatolia, the need to maintain such large dogs decreased. Leading to their near extinction.
An amazing dog has survived because the climate is so harsh, selection so strict (kill all but best pup, only breed to 8-10 year old males that have won many battles, and constant testing), and fed such a poor diet. These dogs live 12-14 years, can run for miles, top speed 30-36mph, pull 7,000-10,500# rolling loads. Have few health problems or joint issues. Grow to 33-40 inches tall, and weigh 160-260 pounds. Could fight or protect from most threats. These are huge dogs with a Gladiator ability. Have been bred to have a low prey drive (due to their livestock guardian function), and have a high maternal bonding nature. Otherwise they guard out of love. Could fight wolves, or sleep with the kids. Truely a great combination,,,,ability to defend, and a loving calm demenor.
Would love to hear what you think! I tend to be a little biased,,,,haha.