My name is Dr Murat Ogut, the breeder at Haskan.
My journey with the Kangal Shepherd Dogs begun when I was growing up in Turkey. As a child, I grew up listening to the stories of these courageous and strong Kangals, the dogs that fought off wolves protecting their herds and of Kangals that lead children back to villages when they ran astray. I watched them working in the mountains and often stared in awe. It begun a life long love for the breed and this interest peaked into my adulthood.
I begun serious research on the Kangal several years ago. I was surprised to hear that there were no Kangals in Australia and only Anatolian Shepherds (not a breed in Turkey), alongside endless amounts of conflicting information. However, I was not deterred by this, I became more determined to understand this breed in its complexity and bring this national treasure of Turkey to Australia. After going back and fourth to Turkey to study the Kangal lineages, standard and creating relations within the Kangal world, I made the decision to import my first Kangal “Asya the Wolf Killer” AKA Gece into Australia in 2016. The rest is history!
Medicine at UNSW 2003-2008
Orthopaedic Surgery training at Mt Snai Hospital (New York), Cerrahpasa Hospital (Istanbul) and Sisli Etfal Hospital (Istanbul) – 2009
Orthopaedic research – 2009-2010
Residency at St George Hospital, Sutherland Hospital, Albury Hospital, Griffith Hospital 2010-2011
GP college 2011-2013
GP specialist 2014onwards
GP registrar supervisor 2020
Full scholarship to play division 1 basketball in USA in 2001
State level swimmer in primary school
Follow more of our journey at Haskan below
SBS article about me
I have also written the Kangal Shepherd Dog breed description for Dogs NSW
Below are photos from Haskan & Turkey. These photos include the Kangal club, FCI judges and shepherds.