There are plenty of dogs in Istanbul (cats, too, but that’ll wait for another entry). The dogs that I have seen on the streets are not what might be called feral, they are more socialized. They don’t roam in packs. I imagine there are feral dogs in the city, but it seems that the dogs I’ve seen are at least tolerated, and in some cases fed. It is more like they are neighborhood dogs, mostly lounging about. Istanbul has had a dog ‘situation’ since Ottoman times. This dog has been tagged. This indicates that the dog has been captured, vaccinated, spayed or neutered, then released again. You can read more about Istanbul’s dogs here. (Just for the record, the only dachshund I’ve seen was on a leash).