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Capar of Sakarya
Turkish Import from the Sivas-Kangal Region of Turkey
ASDA Reg # HA00000001180046
Color: Fawn Black Mask
DOB: February 15, 1980
Weight: 115 pounds

Capar of Sakarya

Sire of
Ahmet of Avanos
CHAMPION Sakarya's Kira

Owners/Importers: Quinn and Marilyn Harned (who had generously underwritten Dr. Susan Goldhar's 1980 trip to Turkey)
Dr. Susan Goldhor

Dr. Susan Goldhor, with her Turkish adoptive uncle, Ahmet, traveled to Turkey in May, 1980, and imported Çapar of Sakarya to the USA.

Dr. Goldhor discovered Capar in the Turkish town of Karapir köyü. Capar was owned by the Muhtar (headman of the village), who had two three-month old pups – a male (Çapar) and a female.

Both looked good, especially the male, Çapar, who was gigantic for a three month old. The female probably weighed only half as much. They said that they gave her less food because she was female, but after watching them eat, Dr. Goldhor thought the situation was exacerbated by his grabbing all her food (if they got fed together all the time).

Unfortunately, the male's ears (Çapar's ears) had been cut too close to his head by the kids, something that can't be changed. (Ears were often cut off on the grounds that they were a likely body part to be grabbed by a wolf.)

The parents looked good – the mother was almost white and rather slim; the father a real karabash (black mask and ears) and quite good-tempered. Dr. Goldhor bought them both, Çapar and Çapar's sister, Karabash.

Quoting Dr. Goldhor, "The first dog got sick about five minutes out of town, and the second one followed suit shortly after we'd finally cleaned up the first dog's mess. I'd stupidly suggested that the villagers feed the dogs well the night before, and goodness knows what and how much they'd been given. Of course, the taxi's upholstery was plush and not plastic. To make things worse, Çapar's anti-wolf collar (another stupid move – we hadn't taken it off right away) ripped a hole in the back of the driver's seat. The driver grabbed him by the collar, which immediately broke, whereupon Çapar growled and lunged at the driver. Only the driver's thick sweater saved him from a bite. Thank goodness he only had his puppy teeth."

"Oh God, I thought, I just can't deal with this. The poor driver was really upset, and I couldn't blame him. His upholstery was being ruined by ripping and vomit; the car smelled awful, the dog was attacking him, and his precious car, which had been in perfect shape when we set out, was covered with mud and had been through much worse conditions than he'd expected. 'I told you to put them in the trunk', he said."

"But I just couldn't bear to put them in the trunk. The thought of them trapped there in the dark, in a hot stuffy place, in their own sickness, was too upsetting. So we set off again, with Karabash lying miserably on the floor, and Çapar sitting sullenly in the middle of the back seat, taking up so much room that I was perched uncomfortably in the tiny space he'd left to one side, afraid to move him."

Dr. Goldhor continues, "Well, the trip back to Ankara was long, and pretty soon my hand strayed to Çapar's back. Nothing bad happened so I started to pet him. I'm not sure he'd ever been petted but before an hour or so had gone by, we were snuggled together, and I was scratching behind his ears and talking to him. (Karabash was wiped out, lying on the floor.)"

"Of the two, Çapar had by far the stronger personality; in fact, I would say that of all the dogs I collected or knew, only Genghis could match him for personality. I certainly felt the strongest bond to Çapar of any dog I ever knew, yet I had him near me for only a week, from May 22nd when we took him from his village, to May 29th, when he and his sister and I flew back to the U.S. Ahmet felt the same way. For a three month old pup to exhibit such strength of character and adult-type personality (he had no cute puppy-like characteristics; he always acted like an adult) is – I think – pretty amazing. By the end of the trip to Ankara, even the taxi driver was succumbing to his charm!"

Both pups were fawn with black mask. You can read a detailed account of Dr. Goldehor's adventure at

Çapar was imported from Turkey in 1980 by Dr. Susan Goldhor and generously underwritten by Quinn and Marilyn Harned. He was placed at the New England Farm Center for the first three (3) years he lived in the United States.

Çapar is featured on the Control Data Corporation video entitled, "Livestock Guarding Dogs." He was also the breed representative in George Ancona's book, Sheep Dog.

Çapar was one of the great, proven livestock guardian dogs. He passed on these outstanding guardian traits to his many offspring. At 115 pounds of lean muscle and bone, he proved that attitude and demeanor was more important than size and weight. He was awesome.

Son of

Sire: Keles
In Turkey
True Karabash (fawn with black mask) with excellent temperament

Dam: Gurce
In Turkey
White and rather slim

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