Mektup of Obruk (Mekki)
was imported from a shepherding village in Turkey in 1971 as a
puppy by Dr.Nicholas Flemming and Miss Natalka Czartoryska. She was
bred by the shepherd Ali Ozturk from the village of Obruk, just south
of the Central Anatolian Lake Tuz Golu. It is Dr Flemming's recollection
that a great deal of bargaining took place between them and the shepherd
to obtain the puppy they named Mektup.
Interestingly, Havuz Zinde was acquired by Miss Pauline Hosker of the 'Truvas' kennel, and then went on to Mr and Mrs Broadhead of the 'Seacop' kennel for breeding, records showing that Zinde whelped at least three litters.
There was a further Havuz litter out of Mektup, before the first Hisar Litter was registered in 1979 after the separation of Dr Flemming and Miss Czartoryska's partnership. The first 'Hisar' litter was the pairing of Havuz Dalga, with a Turkish import Arilan, owned by Mr John Lloyd. The mating resulted in a litter of 4 fawn puppies registered under Miss Czartoryska's 'Hisar' affix (Ates, Karaman, Tugla, and Yavuz). The same year, Miss Czartoryska produced another litter by Mektup and Yali (Anadol Yali), this time, a litter of 6, still all fawn! (Simar, Yagma, Yakin, Yanar, Yatagan and Yesim). One of the most well known Mektup daughter's is Hisar Yarin, who was a big show winner. She went to Miss Pauline Hosker's 'Truvas' Kennel, where she whelped at least 5 litters.
Mektup whelped a total of 8 litters between 1975 and 1982 (43 Progeny). Mektup produced dogs which were sound, long lived and adaptable, and she herself was hip-x-rayed HD clear and lived a long happy life with Natalka. Mektup ruling the roost until her death in 1987 from kidney failure.
This article is compiled using my own personal experience with Mektup, whom I had the pleasure of knowing for the last 7 years of her life, along with Kennel Club Records, and communications with Dr.Flemming (Oct.04).
I hope that this information will help to put to bed the myths, rumours and fantasies about Mektup and her origins.
Hisar Anatolian Shepherd Dogs (UK)
Havuz Anatolians 1975 - 1979 Dr Nicholas Flemming OBE
Hisar Anatolians 1979 - 1998 The Late Miss Natalka Czartoryska
Hisar Anatolians 1998 - present Mrs Caroline Southen