Kangal Dog

Kangal Dog
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Turkey
Group: Guard dog
Height: males 28-33 in., females 28-31 in.
Weight: males 120-145 lbs., females 100-125 lbs.
Life span: 12-15 yrs.
Trainability: high
Good with children: yes, with early socialization
Good with other pets: can be dog-aggressive

What is the origin of the Kangal Dog?

The Kangal Dog is a mastiff-type originally from Turkey and used to guard livestock. It can be seen on Turkish postage stamps and coins. David and Judith Nelson who studied and wrote about the Kangal while visiting Turkey, brought the breed to the U.S. in 1985. Turkey has forbidden export of the Kangal but breeders here continue to try to ease Turkey’s export regulations.

What does the Kangal Dog look like?

Kangals are large dogs, powerfully built. Height is 28-33 in. for males, 28-31 in. for females. Weight is 120-145 for males, 100-125 for females. Ears are drop and lie close to the head. The skull is broad with a wide muzzle and powerful jaws. Eyes are small and dark. Kangals sport a black face mask. The tail is curved. The coat is double, short, plush and soft. Color is fawn. In summer the undercoat is shed while in winter, it becomes very dense to protect the Kangal from the icy cold. Their fur resembles the texture of carpeting. Regular weekly brushing will help keep the coat clean.

What is the temperament of the Kangal Dog?

The Kangal is a loyal to and protective of its family. As with all dogs, especially guard dogs, early training and socialization is a must. With their territorial instincts, they may be aggressive with other dogs. They are also wary of strangers. Kangals are fearless when faced with threats to those they are protecting.

What is the Kangal Dog used for?

The Kangal is an excellent guard dog and is used for protection. They are intelligent dogs, loyal and affectionate family companions.

Possible Health Issues

Hip dysplasia, sensitivity to anesthesia.

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