Anatolian Shepherd Dogs in Australia


Imported Dogs & Imported Frozen Semen contributing to current Anatolian Shepherd Dogs in Australia


Catalogue of imports to Australia 1985 - 1997

Between 1985 and 1997, 23 Anatolian Shepherd Dogs plus 3 Kangal Dogs were imported to Australia.
Of the original 23 Anatolian Shepherd Dog imported, 16 are represented via their descendants in the gene pool today.
Therefore, except for the imported dogs & semen listed above, all Anatolian Shepherd dogs in Australia relate to 16 Anatolian Shepherd Dogs
plus the 3 Kangal Dogs imported to Australia between 1985 and 1997.
NB: Dogs marked in grey italics are no longer represented in the gene pool.


  1. Truvas Febiha                   
  2. Anadol Barcak           
  3. Anadol Bachi            
  4. Kurtkir Kahhar          
  5. Kerubi Of Hex            
  6. Kamish Meram At Iradene    
  7. Seacop Tipi                                      
  8. Seacop Korsan                       
  9. Kamish Mavi                      
  10. Kenevan Cala                          
  11. Hisar Kader               
  12. Tuzlaba Renga           
  13. Hisar Kale                           
  14. Hisar Kadar
  15. Tuzlala Raki               
  16. Hisar Lama     
  17. Tuzlake Rehat        
  18. Tuzlara Rezim       
  19. Tuzlara Resil                        
  20. Anadol Goeka Yeni Amir      
  21. Anadol Goeka Yeni Kan        
  22. Hisar Maraza            
  23. Hisar Mimar      
  24. Ayla - Kangal Dog
  25. Kangal Aga’s Ulu Bey - Kangal Dog
  26. Sivas Regals Pasha - semen - Kangal Dog



History of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog in Australia


Anadol Barcak (Imp UK) - July 1985 - first working Anatolian in Australia


1985 - Introduction of the breed to Australia

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog was imported to Australia in 1985, as a working livestock guardian dog to assist Australian Farmers in their sheep and goat enterprises.

"The Karabash was imported for the Australian Farmer to increase the lambing rate [60%] ...
Because of the size of Australian Farmers' properties they are unable to check the ewes day and night.   The use of the guarding dogs should see this lambing rate increased greatly with the foxes and domestic dog packs unable to penetrate the paddocks."
Sue Freshwater, RANSU (aka Western Foundation Stud).

"The Anatolian Karabash has a big future in Australia not only protecting sheep from predators but guarding valuable livetock against thieves."
Dean Beynon, IRADENE kennel (aka Eastern Foundation Stud), May 1986.

The first Anatolian Shepherd Dog to arrive in Australia was Truvas Febiha, imported from England by Randall and Sue Freshwater of RANSU Angora Goats.
Four month old Truvas Febiha (Imp UK) arrived into Quarantine Western Australia in February 1985, and was followed one month later, by five month old Anadol Barcak (Imp UK).

Simultaneously on the East Coast of Australia, Dean and Irene Beynon of IRADENE Angora Goats, imported male dog Seacop Korsan and bitch in whelp, Seacop Tipi (Imp UK), to produce the first litter in Australia, registered under the then Breed Name: ANATOLIAN KARABASH.
From this litter of 10 puppies, was born IRADENE WINSOME, the foundation bitch of Terry Page's COOETONG kennel - Australia's longest serving Anatolian Karabash breeder.  Cooetong progeny from Iradene Winsome is the most influential dam line present in Anatolian Shepherd Dogs in Australia today.




1990 - Economic crisis & Recession in Australia

NB: The impact of the early 1990s 'Recession Australia had to have' and the consequent catastrophic slump in Agriculture, on Anatolian Shepherd Dogs living on farms throughout Australia must not be underestimated. 
Many Australian Farmers lost their livelihoods, landholdings, farms, stock ... the fate of sheep, goats and cattle during the crisis, was also the fate of the working dogs that lived with them.  Many dogs, and small farm breeders which were the foundation and backbone of the breed in Australia, disappeared from the Australian Register.

Australian Anatolian Shepherd Dog foundation breeder, Marjorie Johnston of
Niliamongup kennel. Pictured above with her first import Hisar Kadar (Imp UK).
Marjorie's passion was to see working Anatolian Shepherd Dogs in Australian
Farms, and imported 9 dogs to Australia.  Unprecented to this day. 
Marjorie's dogs worked throughout mainland Australia, guarding sheep,
horses, cattle, goats, deer and poultry.



1998 - Breed Split 

Anatolian Shepherd Dogs in Australia divided in to ANKC Anatolian Shepherd Dogs and ANKC Kangal Dogs. 
Contributed towards stagnancy of the gene pool, and breeders leaving the breed. 

The genetic bottle neck which came to a head a decade later, abetted by restrictive ANKC registration requirements, were the driving forces behind the review of the status of Anatolian Shepherd Dog and Kangal Dog in Australia.

A disillusioned breeder base and lack of breeder impetus, resulted in no Anatolian Shepherd Dogs imported to Australia for the years 1997 - 2007.


2008 - 2016: Resurgence of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog In Australia

There have been two fundamental ANKC Registry changes, which have enabled and influenced the breeding and numbers of Anatolian Shepherd Dogs in Australia.

The first was the 2011 ANKC agreement to abide by the F.C.I. Standing Orders for mutual recognition of pedigrees.  This required the ANKC to uphold all pedigrees issued by F.C.I. Members and Contract Partners – irrespective of incomplete information, or if ancestral dogs contained registration details unfamiliar to the ANKC.
eg: AKC registered dogs with non-AKC registered Turkish imports in their pedigree, and European imports with incomplete F.C.I. pedigrees.

The second fundamental change, was the ANKC rescission of its 1998 breed split, to recognise the Kangal Dog as an independent and separate breed. 
As of 1st January 2012, all Registered Kangal Dogs and Anatolian Shepherd dogs are registered as Anatolian Shepherd Dogs in Australia, and all imported K.I.F. Kangal Dogs are re-registered under the breed name: Anatolian Shepherd Dog. 
The Australian experience being that simultaneous recognition of a developed breed, and country of origin developing breed, did not equate to breed differentiation in a pedigree system.


2017 Looking to the future: outlook for Anatolian Shepherd Dogs in Australia

On January 1, 2017 the ANKC activated policy to prevent imported dogs with blanks in their pedigrees from re-registration in Australia.   This has immediate effect on Anatolian Shepherd Dogs in Australia, as it drastically culls the worldwide gene pool available to Australian Anatolian Shepherd Dog breeders.  

The fortunes of the breed in Australia, have waxed and waned on the ability of the breeders to access suitable breeding stock.



Photographs from the past ~ forebears of Australia's Anatolian Shepherd Dogs


Philip Johnston on the family farm in Western Australia.                                   Tuzlala Raki (Imp UK) @ 4 months old
With imported puppies, Tuzlara Resil (Imp UK) & Hisar Kader (Imp UK)             grandsire of Bullmonarch Izmir, sire of Koruyucu Acar (aka STORM) foundation bitch of TAKAS
ow: M. Johnston NILIAMONGUP                                                                      ow: M. Johnston NILIAMONGUP



Seacop Tipi (Imp UK) - foundation bitch of IRADENE                                         Kibirli Kabil (IIU TUR)
dam of the first Anatolian Shepherd Dog litter born in Australia                          Sire of Seacop Tipi (Imp UK)
Sire: Kibirli Kabil (IIU TUR)  Dam:

ow: D & I Beynon IRADENE


Truvas Febiha (Imp UK) - foundation bitch of RANSU                                                                                         
first Anatolian Shepherd Dog imported to Australia
Sire: Anadol Nimrud (UK)  Dam: Hisar Yarin (UK)
ow: S & R Freshwater RANSU


Anadol Nimrud (UK)                                                                                       Hisar Yarin (UK)
sire of Truvas Febiha (Imp UK)                                                                        dam of Truvas Febiha (Imp UK)
also sire of Kurtkir Maraba (UK) - sire of Kerubi of Hex (Imp NZD)


Anadol Barcak (Imp UK) @ 10months - foundation dog of RANSU                       Kalkan Kadir Teshub (UK)
Sire: Kalkan Kadir Teshub (UK)  Dam: Kehlibaar Kanyak (UK)                            sire of Anadol Barcak (Imp UK)
ow: S & R Freshwater RANSU                                                                           also sire of Anadol Bachi (Imp UK)



Kerubi Of Hex (Imp NZ)                                                                                 Kurtkir Maraba (UK)
Sire: Kurtkir Maraba (UK)  Dam: Marchael Sevimli of Kurtkir (UK)                     sire of Kerubi Of Hex (Imp NZ)
ow: S & R Freshwater RANSU


Ransu Marchael - foundation dog of COOETONG
Sire: Anadol Barcak (Imp UK)  Dam: Truvas Febiha (Imp UK)
ow: T. Page COOETONG


Ransu Yarin
working dog & top producer - littersister of Ransu Marchael
Sire: Anadol Barcak (Imp UK)  Dam: Truvas Febiha (Imp UK)
ow: S & R Freshwater RANSU



Kamish Mavi (Imp UK)
Sire: Seacop Subay (UK)  Dam: Safkan of Kangal at Kamish (IIU TUR)
ow: D & I Beynon IRADENE



Stockguard Aghar @ 7 months old
Sire: Kenevan Cala (Imp UK)  Dam: Kamish Meram of Iradene (Imp UK)
Grand sire of Nivri Shushtah (aka Hush) foundation bitch of CAPPADOCIA
dam of Cappadocia Cello (aka Takas)
sire of Takas Rage (aka Raven), Takas Fate (aka Yahsi)
ow: M. Crosthwaite KARABASH



Fonsington Bal                                                                                              
littersister of Fonsington Bayane & famed fox killer Fonsington Sef                                               
Sire: Ransu Asiluk  Dam: Cooetong Bulut                                      
ow: A. Nippers ARKADAS


Arkadas Cesur - foundation dog of KOCAKOPEK                                                                                              
Sire: Cooetong Kucuk Ayi  Dam: Fonsington Bayane                      



Nivri Shushtah (aka Hush) - foundation bitch of CAPPADOCIA
dam of Cappadocia Cello (aka Takas) - foundation dog of TAKAS
Sire: Karabash Conquerer  Dam: Glenbank Haz 
ow: M. Charnstrom CAPPADOCIA



Stockguard Rakip @ 9 months old
working stock protection dog & renowned guard against humans
earned acclaim with Tasmanian Police helping to apprehend two would-be thieves
Sire: Kenevan Cala (Imp UK)  Dam: Stockguard Clyde 



Sivas Regals Pasha (Exp TUR to USA) - import semen                                     Sue Kocher with Alabas @ 12 years old - Kangal sire of Sivas Regals Pasha.
sire of top ANKC Kangal Dog bitch, Hakiki Latif                                               Information about Sivas Regals Pasha and sire Alabas is articled below.
Sire: Alabas  Dam: Comar                                                                            ow.  Mr Sonmez (Kangal, Turkey)
ow: A. Nippers HAKIKI


Ayla (Imp DEU)                                                                                            Hakiki Latif - top ANKC Kangal Dog
E. Von Buchwaldt's Kangal Dog Rescue in Germany                                   height: 30" weight: 60kgs
dam of top ANKC Kangal Dog bitch, Hakiki Latif.                                              Sire: Sivas Regals Pasha (TUR)  Dam: Ayla (Imp DEU)
Sire: Kangal (DEU) Dam: Laika (DEU)                                                             ow: T. Page COOETONG
ow: A. Nippers HAKIKI

Kangal Aga's Ulu Bey (Imp USA)                                                                    Anadol Goeki Yeni Amir (Imp UK)
Sire: Kangal Aga's Orhan (USA)  Dam: Kangal Aga's Simsek (Imp TUR)            Sire: Bash (NDL)   Dam: Kara (NDL)
ow: A. Nippers HAKIKI
                                                                                        ow: A. Nippers HAKIKI


Cooetong Gamse 'Kitty' @ 13 years old
sister Cooetong Yakut alive at 16 years old.
Sire: Cooetong Kanyak  Dam: Arkadas Fedakar
ow: T. Page COOETONG



Aus CH Cobankopegi Babayani                                                           Aus & Am CH Cobankopegi Ala (Exp USA)          Cobankopegi Bahityar - working dog
Sire: Hisar Mimar (Imp UK) Dam: Robinhill Barisci                               brother of 'Bubba' Cobankopegi Babyani            brother of 'Bubba' Cobankopegi Babyani 
ow: M. Charnstrom CAPPADOCIA



Aus CH Berdina Smokey                                                                                            
Fonsington Mecca
Sire: Berdina Karsky  Dam: Berdina Rislynne                                     Sire: Ransu Asiluk  Dam: Cooetong Bulut
ow: D. Lister SILVERWERRO                                                                         ow: C. Nauman CORDANNAO                                                                    



Bullmonarch Izmir                                                                                             
Sire: Niliamongup Bonser  Dam: Kaplica Alanya                                 
ow:  KORUYUCU                                                                                                




Articles of interest on Anatolian Karabash / Anatolian Shepherd Dog / Kangal Dog in Australia


Original Anatolian Shepherd Dog breed information issue on history & temperament.
This pamphlet describes the temperament of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog in Australia - and still does.
It is simply without politically correct edits and assumptions, about what is perceived to be a 'ideal / soft' vs 'too reactive' temperament. 
ie: Anatolian Shepherd Dogs bred and intended for rural homes & Australian Farmers - 
NOT Australian suburban families (which may find a fiercly loyal guard dog suspicious of strangers and not a Big Friendly Giant, not so easilty to live with)



working dog IRADENE SUNNY - from the first Anatolian Shepherd Dog litter born in Australia
litterbrother of COOETONG's foundation bitch - IRADENE WINSOME
Sire: Seacop Korsan (UK)  Dam: Seacop Tipi (Imp UK)


working dog RANSU ALAMET, foundation bitch of KARABASH kennel.
litterbrother of RANSU MARCHAEL, foundation dog of COOETONG kennel.
Sire: Anadol Barcak (Imp UK)  Dam: Truvas Febiha (Imp UK)


Personal account of an encounter with a Çoban Köpeği in Turkey, 1936




~ Acknowledgements & Appreciation ~

I would like to thank the foundation breeders of Australia for sharing documents, photographs, articles, stories
to enable the breed history of the Anatolian Karabash / Anatolian Shepherd Dog / Kangal Dog in Australia to be collated.

Terry Page - COOETONG
Dean Beynon - IRADENE
Sue Freshwater - RANSU
Phillip Johnston, for Marjorie Johnston - NILIAMONGUP
Marilyn Crosthwaite - KARABASH
Maureen Charnstrom - CAPPADOCIA
Anne Nippers - ARKADAS & HAKIKI
Coralie Nauman - CORDANNAO


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