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Turkish Pointer
Characteristics, History, and Health

Turkish Pointer

The Turkish Pointer, also known as the Tarsus Catalburun, is native to the Tarsus region in Turkey. They are rare breed and are only typically found in their native region, and are used as hunting dogs, especially for partridges. It has a “double nose". According to a source on pointing dogs, in Turkish, the word Catalburun reflects this unique trait; catal (which is pronounced chatal) translates to “fork” and burun means “nose”. It is said that only two other breeds have this trait, the Pachón Navarro and the Andean Tiger Hound.

Main Info
Alternate Names
Tarsus Çatalburun, Tarsus Fork Nose Dog, Double Nose Dog, Split Nose Dog
Life Expectancy
12-14 years
Average Male Height
17-24 inches
Average Female Height
17-24 inches
Average Male Weight
30-55 pounds
Average Female Weight
30-55 pounds
Coat Length
Coat Type
Dense, Straight
Coat Colors
Yellow & White, Orange & White, Wheaten & White, Red & White, Black & White, Tri-Color
Coat Pattern
Piebald, Tri-Color (Black, Tan, White)

Genetic Predispositions and Health

Turkish Pointers are known to be generally healthy dogs, but as a larger breed they are at risk for developing orthopedic problems, such as hip and elbow dysplasia. Genetic testing is recommended, including for the following specific conditions: hyperuricosoria, degenerative myelopathy, and progressive rod-cone degeneration.

Personality and Behavior

The Turkish Pointer or Catalburun is a very even-tempered breed. They are loyal and do well with children if properly trained. Their strong prey drive requires a securely fenced yard and proper leash training. They can be protective therefore early socialization and obedience training is recommended. They are a high energy breed that requires a moderate amount of regular exercise. They have one of the strongest scenting capabilities of the pointer breeds.

Fun Facts

The Turkish Pointer is one of the rarest dog breeds in the world.

They are known for their unique fork-like split nose, that almost looks like a double nose.

The breed is said to have originated in the southern Tarsus province in Turkey, in a place called Mersin.