Monday, March 27, 2006

Anatolian Shepherd Dog Population stats

Every year, I update some spreadsheets with some AKC breed popularity statistics and post some of the highlights on my website.

To see more in the way of breed statistics, trends and charts, such as the following:
Rate of Growth til 2005
Go here.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

The well pigmented LGD nose...

Pedigree has a nice collection of newsletters for those of with a canine persuasion. Since one actually has to be a subscriber to see the content of the newsletters, I'm going to post a possibly helpful teaser here regarding a question on nose pigment.

The Pedigree newsletter this comes from is one called Healthy Matters. If you are interested in subscribing to any of their free newsletters, go here.

I haven't had an Anatolian that has had a color other than black on the nose (and eye rims). Over the years, I have had white ASDs, pintos, a blue, a brindle (pinto) and different shades of regular fawns (red fawn or yellow to greyish fawn with a black mask and ears). Anatolians that are blue or chocolate should have richly pigmented noses that are some shade of gray-black slate (for blue) or reddish bronze to copper colored (for chocolate) since they have genes that derail full development of black on the nose (and eye rims). I have however seen some photos of ASDs that have nonblack areas on the nose. Some dogs with certain dilution (genetic) factors may have a very faded out look on some part of their nose, others might have pinto patches that didn't fully color in as they matured. (some pintos may have areas of pink color (lack of pigment) inside their nostrils, this is fine...). It is normal for dogs with black noses to have a sort of dingy looking dark colored "black but not quite black" coloring from time to time.

I think one objective of the LGD breeder is to do what they can to ensure that they maintain genetics that will support and select for the most richly pigmented noses possible on these flock guardian breeds. This is because the for the most part, these will be outdoor dogs that may lay about for hours each day in extremes of the elements, for which dark nose pigment will provide protective qualities against sunburn and also fly strike. It's difficult to keep livestock without some fly nuisance developing. The last thing you want is a working dog whose nose is chapped from sun exposure and bloody from fly strike. So depth/deepness of pigment on the nose is very important for LGDs. Older LGDs and dogs that are ill may develop a dry nose, so some protection such as Bag Balm can be helpful for these situations. There are however pet LGD lines developing, like some white Akbash colored dogs in Turkey (and I'm sure it happens here in the US too), that sometimes have little pigment on the nose. This is unfortunate and may be due to loss of an allele that protects nose pigment from fading (seems to run in related dogs) -- but since dog lovers may sometimes tend to be well-meaninged backyard breeders (no matter which country) and not genetics minded, this is apt to happen. Let's try to do better than this.

After having said all that, there are nose pigment changes that can happen in an otherwise healthy dog. I do not have experience to know how much more prone to chapping and flystrike some of these dogs might be, but some of the pigment changes are considered by some to be 'normal'. In many of the working breeds that are afflicted by these changes, owners don't usually notice impact from the environment on those noses, and the reason may be that for the greater part, these dogs do not live in areas of high fly exposure and long hours of direct sunlight. In the Old World, LGDs were not dragged to the hospital for every nick and scratch, so problems caused by poor pigment could become deal breakers with affected dogs.

Without further ado, the question on nose pigment...

Dear Dr. Kate,

Why is my young dog’s nose turning from black to pink? Should I be concerned?

Many dogs experience depigmentation of the nose, which is when the nose turns from black to pink. This can happen for a number of reasons, many of which are harmless. But because this problem can be confused with many different conditions, a veterinary consultation is highly recommended.

They include:

1. "Winter, or Snow, Nose." Some dogs' noses have a decrease in the black pigment in the winter, due to seasonal changes. Complete loss of pigmentation is not seen and the color darkens again in spring and summer.

It occurs in Siberian huskies, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and Bernese Mountain Dogs. Though some people have tried sun lamps to counteract this, the change appears to be related to temperature more than sunlight. This is harmless.

2. Nasal depigmentation. (This is also called "Dudley Nose.") For no apparent reason, some dogs lose the black pigment in their nose and it can turn pink or even white permanently.

It's been reported in Afghan Hounds, Samoyeds, White German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Poodles, Doberman Pinschers, Irish Setters, and Pointers. A few patients recover spontaneously - for others it will come and go, sometimes seasonally.

This does not appear to be dangerous either.

3. A contact allergy. Your dog may be allergic to his rubber or plastic bowls. Try changing them to ceramic or metal.

4. Vitiligo. This is a skin condition that causes dogs to lose their pigmentation. It is generally not concentrated only on the nose - you should see patches of white fur or skin elsewhere on your dog as well. Vitiligo is common in certain breeds like Rottweilers and Labs, but doesn't appear to affect the dog's general health.

5. Pemphigus. This is an immune-mediated skin disorder, where the immune system is reacting inappropriately, similar to an allergy. With pemphigus, you will see other blisters, pustules, or crusty areas on your dog's face and ears. See your veterinarian because Pemphigus is a treatable condition.

6. Discoid lupus is another immune-mediated skin disease. You'll see sores or a change in the texture of your dog's nose. The symptoms will appear to worsen with exposure to UV light. This should also be treated by your vet.

7. Idiopathic, or unknown cause. This is mainly seen in Newfoundlands, and often involves depigmentation of the lips and eyelids also.

8. Some skin cancers involving the nose can cause depigmentation.

Go to the vet immediately if: Examine your dog's face and body, and take him to the vet right away if you note any of these symptoms:
  • Scales
  • Sores
  • Other whitening of the skin or fur
  • Blisters
  • Discoloration of the mouth or any other tissue.
  • Change in texture
Always consult with your vet to rule out anything serious and to discuss whether your dog may need sun protection - his newly pink nose may burn more easily in the sun.

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OFA and health records on Anatolians

I've updated my online copy of the OFA database of ASDs. These are dogs which have public health testing results available at the OFA site. Cardiac, thyroid and CERF are among some of the tests that some breeders or Anatolian Shepherd Owners have done. In six months time, there have been 49 additions to the database. This doesn't mean 49 more dogs were tested, but that some dogs with multiple tests were added.

The link for the page is Anatolian Shepherd Dogs from OFA database

If researching an individual dog or a kennel name to get background information on the ratings of their dogs, the alphabetical layout of the reports is pretty helpful. I note that some names are misspelled and others have been corrected.

Ruya, my sweetie

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Friday, March 17, 2006

Puppies and Kids... (the other kind)

From over at Shepherds Rest Farm, a few amazingly CUTE photos.

Awwwwww..... :)


Too cute!!

I'm tellin' you, is this CUTE or what?! Go there and visit NOW!


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Livestock Guardian Dog Signs available

Anatolian approved!

For working dogs and companion dogs.
Check them out here!

(IE users, due to a bug in Internet Explorer, my sidebar on the left has dropped to the bottom (from time to time). I am trying to fix it when I can find time. Firefox loads the sidebar just fine)

UPDATE: above issue has been resolved. B)

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Anonymous Anonymous sent us a woof // March 17, 2006

Working dog for sure! Makes his own signs, I see.   

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Update on Stuart

A month ago, we heard about a handsome young Anatolian named Stuart was living in the Sacramento, California area who needing a new home.

He has been adopted and appears to be adjusting to his new home on a beautiful southern California ranch, with horses, sheep, chickens, a menagerie of other critters, including cats and other dogs -- among them, an older Anatolian male that the owners also successfully adopted years ago.

An experienced animal loving home & one that can give him a job to do, sure sounds like what the dog-tor has ordered for Stuart! :)

He's learning some new roles and rules everyday and it sounds like he is going to settle right in. His new owners know that like any rehome, he needs patience, understanding and time for him to get acquainted with his new routines.

Here are a couple photos of him at his new home

Best wishes that this will be his forever home. :)

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Anonymous Anonymous sent us a woof // March 16, 2006

Great looking dog. Glad things worked out and he has people caring for him.   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // March 17, 2006

His folks are very positive it's going to work. Thank you! :)   

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Half-nelson urine collection method

About a month ago, I was just minding my own business and catching up with an onslaught of email when I got a post that mentioned an apparently secret, technique of doggie urine collection for a medical exam. I understand from the exasperated owner that the dog regarded the container in the owner's hands very suspiciously and would only do her thing when the coast was clear.

After a few days passed, I prompted for an update. I was told that the sample was successfully collected finally. Curious, I asked, how was it done? The description left me laughing! I came away with the impression that it involved doing a half-nelson on the hapless dog and tickling said dog til it peed ... or it went something like that. Anyway, the mental visual was entertaining. :o

Unfortunately, this was not captured on film. So the method, while a success, is still something of a secret.

However, the damage has been done. It's my understanding that a successful collection was obtained at one point earlier, but that Brinks chewed up the first cup. (My puppy ate my homework, Doc!)

Other doggie fun from the same source... Here we see Brinks possibly telling another ASD that she knows where her tickle spots are.

Poor Bungee
(Nyah nyah!)
Brinks is the one in the pink collar, and Maggie is the bigger girl (aka Chew Toy) who looks a little worse for the wear.

Close up
Poor, poor Bungee
Patient Maggie. What a sweetheart. :)

You can visit Gypsy Anatolians homepage for more photos of these and other beautiful Anatolians.

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Anonymous Anonymous sent us a woof // March 05, 2006

Woof! Isn't it always the case of the older ones having to let the younger ones chew on them?


Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // March 05, 2006

True! The young ones get away with an arrrful lot for a while! Til the big guys think it is getting a bit old!   

Anonymous Anonymous sent us a woof // March 15, 2006

Hehe, funny story about the container! :-P   

Anonymous Anonymous sent us a woof // March 16, 2006

That is a hilarous picture. You should run a caption contest.   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // March 17, 2006

Now that's an idea! Need to come up with ideas for prizes.   

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Bad Dog Tricks and Puppies, puppies, puppies!!

A humorous entry by Tammy, check it out. Bad Dog Tricks

Then head on over to Shepherds Rest Farm and learn a little about how six-day-old Anatolian puppies spend their time and get your virtual dose of puppy breath. :)

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