The Turkish Zerdava is a rare breed, and very little information is available. Some sources say it comes from the Eastern Black Sea Region of Turkey, and that their ancient traditional use was to hunt boars, foxes, and other game. They were also utilized as guard dogs. It is said that these dogs adapted to living in mountainous regions, are small and have an athletic structure. The physical characteristics of these dogs include upright ears, deep and wide chest and inward-curved tail, which is covered with longer hairs relative to those in the body.
Currently, there are no known genetic conditions tightly associated with the Turkish Zerdava. As for all breeds, genetic screening for hereditary conditions is recommended to assist veterinarians with diagnosis and proactive care, as well as help breeders identify affected and carrier dogs.
A research study on the characteristics of Zerdava Dogs indicates that they are known to have brave, fearless, aggressive and stubborn characteristics. The study concluded that, based on these characteristics, Zerdava dogs can be shown as a candidate dog to meet the military and police dog needs of Turkey.
Used to hunt boars, fox, and jackals.