Catalburun Dog- The Split Nose Pointer
The Catalburun dog is an extremely rare breed that originates from Turkey and is only 1 of 3 breeds with this distinctive split nose!
It’s name even means split (catal) nose (burun).
The two sections of the nose have literally come apart by a few millimetres and are still attached by a thin layer of skin.
This dog is also known as a Turkish Pointer and the Split Nose dog.
Catalburun Dog Temperament
This Turkish pointer it makes an excellent hunter and has immense stamina.
They are known to hunt silently, so as not to spook the prey, and should do a traditional “point” once found.
Although easy to train and a brilliant working companion, it is not an ideal pet for regular indoor life as it needs lots of exercise, both physically and mentally.
If given the correct environment however, this dog will make a lovely, calm companion.
As far as family life is concerned, Turkish split nosed pointers are very friendly with their owners and family children but aren’t overly social with strangers or other dogs.
This trait does make them a very good watch dog however.
Traditionally, in Turkey, this unique dog breed is kept outside but this isn’t a necessity.
Without giving this breed what he needs, as with any breed, he will turn his energy into behavioural problems.
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The catalburun has an average life span of 12 years and stands 20 inches at the shoulder.
It has the classic pointer look, with the dropped, triangular ears and white body with coloured patches. However it differs from other pointers as it is shorter and stockier. Despite this, it is known to be fast and agile – highly prized traits in a hunting dog!
The Tarsus catalburun is not a recognised KC breed yet but it is estimated that only about 200 are left! However the split nose design (originally believed to give the dog a much stronger sense of smell) may be linked to a cleft palate and therefore isn’t always bred for.
Unfortunately the split nose pointer is rarely seen outside of Turkey, making it near impossible to own.
You will be hard pressed to find a breeder outside of the country, so if you’re looking for Catalburun puppies for sale you better head out there!
This, sadly, also means that this rare breed is heading for extinction before it’s special traits have even been recognised.