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Article originally provided by Ortrud.Roemer-Horn, Germany, 1998 (
We updated this page by adding some photo's March 2010 and Dec 2017

Turkuman Nissims Laurel was born in England 30 October 1945. His breeder was Juliette de Bairacli-Levi who did scientific research since 1937 to find out how one could prevent distemper by rearing a dog "naturally. And because Afghans seemed to be a very "natural breed to her, she choser them. She became famous for her book and articles about "Natural Rearing" and to us Afghan people through her Turkuman Afghans.

Here are two photographs of Turkukman Nissim's Laurel (Photo of Turkukman Nissim's Laurel property of Cynthia Boissevain (Branwen) from the collection of Ignacio of Sumava Persians and Afghan Hounds and used with Ignacio's permission.) PHOTO  Turkuman Nissims Laurel PHOTO  Turkuman Nissims Laurel

Parents Grandparents Great-Grandparents Great-Great-Grandparents
Chota Nissim of Ringbank Turkuman Pomegranate Turkuman Bamboo (late Black Sampson) Ch Westmill Tamasar
Turkuman Lotus Blossom Westmill Delawar Khan
Marie of Valdorern
Turkuman Night-Flowering Cactus Kashibi Khan of Kuranda Kulli Khan of Kuranda
Lakmina Or Jahmina of Ariana
Bibi of Pushtikuh Westmill Fasano And Tetrarch of Cheltside
Rasti of Istalif
Ch Netheroyd Turkuman Camelthorn Turkuman Pomegranate Turkuman Bamboo (late Black Sampson) Ch Westmill Tamasar
Turkuman Lotus Blossom Westmill Delawar Khan
Marie of Valdorern
Golden Ranee Kassar Khan Sia Gavih of Pushtikuh
Garrymhor Rayshum
Tullah of Pushtikuh (late Kandahar Tullah) Ch Sirdar of Ghazni
Rasti of Istalif

Juliette de Bairacli Levy with photo's of Ch Turkuman Nissims Laurel
Photo copyright Ignacio Vidorreta, Sumava Afghan Hounds, Spain

Sunny Shay with Turkuman Nissims Laurel PHOTO Sunny Shay with Turkuman Nissims Laurel

Ch. Nissims Laurel dam was Ch. Netheroyd Turkuman Camelthorn bred by Mrs. Polson, owner Mrs. Abson and Chota Nissim of Ringbank was his stud. Nissims Laurel was exported to Sunny Shays world famous GRANDEUR kennels (now R. Rechler). He was in the ownership of Sunny Shay and Sol Malkin. He became a "shooting star and achieved his U.S. championship very quickly.

He was a top winner in the fifties and one of his greatest wins were the BOB at the 1950 AHC American Speciality under one of the most respected judges in these days, Mr. Alva Rosenberg. He was the first Afghan who won the hound group at Westminster KC in the same year.

by George Butz, The Philadelphia Inquirer

The other import in the finals was a striking black Afghan hound. Champion Nissim's Laurel a dog which scarcely attracted attention upon its arrival here two years ago. The hound's handler and joint owner with Sol Malkin, enthusiastic Sunny Shay deserves credit for guiding Laurel so far at the Garden Show.

Mrs Shay persevered in her grooming and training of the Afghan to the extent it finally came into its own last Sunday winning the top honors at the breed's specialty show and the praise of Alva Rosenberg judge who told us he had seen few equals of the dog for type, condition and movement on the day. The Afghan at its peak of coat bloom and showing form, blocked one of Philadelphia's most serious contenders from reaching the show finals. This was the Whippet champion Stoney Meadows Masquerade, named "Tony" for short by owners Mr and Mrs W P Wear, Penllyn.

Sunny Shay with Turkuman Nissim's Laurel
Camden Show December 1950 PHOTO Sunny Shay with Turkuman Nissims Laurel

Like his mother, Ch. Turkumans Nissims Laurel, was a black with white feet. The markings could have gone up to the pastern of his front feet, when one lookes at old photos, but he also had a white mark in his face, a common thing at the Turkumans!

Mrs. Cynthia Madigan Boissevain got to know Sunny Shay in 1950, made friends with her, and to cut a long story short, bought a grandaughter from Nissims Laurel. This was the beginning of the BRANWEN kennels in Spain and the way the Shirkhan blood came to Europe and Nissims Laurel got "back to England via the KHANABAD kennels of Margaret Niblock.

Juliette de B.-L. left Britain shortly after the Nissims Laurel litter, lived in Israel, breeding Afghans, lived on a Greek island, breeding Afghans, reared them "naturally, travelled a lot around the world, and became "The Legend that is Turkuman. We understand that "Nissim" was the name of Juliette's brother who was killed in the Spanish Civil War and Juliette perpetuated his name by including it in the name of some of the Turkuman's.

Ortrud.Roemer-Horn, Germany, 1998

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