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Kurdish Mastiff
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Kurdish mastiff
Common nicknamesPshdar dog
OriginIraq
Breed statusNot recognized as a breed by any major kennel club.
Traits
Height 77–95 cm (30–37 in)
Weight Dogs 65–92 kg (143–203 lb)
Bitches 55–80 kg (121–176 lb)
Dog (domestic dog)

The Kurdish Mastiff,[1][2][3][4] Assyrian Shepherd,[3] or Pishdar dog[5] (Kurdish: سەگی پشدەری) is a dog landrace native to the mountainous Kurdistan Region in Iraq.[3][5] This dog is often used as a livestock guardian against predators and number around a few thousand heads.[5] They have been compared to the Kangal Dog and the Akbash.[5]

Description

In 1892, John Paul Dudley published a medical treatise on dogs and mentioned the Kurdish Mastiff:

In Kurdistan in northern Asia Minor, and that region of Asia, there is a dog much resembling the English Mastiff, which is the constant companion and friend of the Kurd — a shepherd and watch dog partaking much of the character of his half - barbarous master, and will not well bear a change of country and associations. Nothing owned by the Kurd is valued more highly than this fierce and powerful animal, which is to a great extent treated as sacred, at least so far as the hand of a stranger is concerned. In color the Kurdish Mastiff is mainly tawny; has tail long, and head large, and his body is tall, ponderous, and well proportioned".[1]

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See also

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Dudley, John Paul; Irelan, John Robert (1892). Homo Et Canis: Or, The Autobiography of Old Cato and Some Account of His Race. Republic Publishing Company. p. 143.
  2. ^ "Field Museum of Natural History Bulletin". Field Museum of Natural History: 9. 1987.
  3. ^ a b c Mohammed, Sarkawt (18 February 2020). "Saqqez dog breeder raises famed Kurdish Mastiffs". Rudaw.
  4. ^ Burton, Isabel (2009). The Inner Life of Syria, Palestine, and the Holy Land. Columbia University. p. 500.
  5. ^ a b c d "Genetic Evaluation And Factors Affecting Body Weight And Dimensions Of Pishdar Dog In Kurdistan, Iraq" (PDF). Biochemical and Cellular Archives: 2761. 2020. ISSN 0972-5075.