Description: Bred as guardians of flocks and homes, this breed is pretty rare, having been just brought to the United States in 1985, according to most reports. These dogs have stayed true to the purpose for which they were bred and are very alert, courageous, vigilant and defensive of the family/owners/handlers to which they have bonded. They are very loyal and affectionate, very wary of other dogs and somewhat reserved with strangers. Kangals have the strength and speed to take on just about any threat, though are more willing to intimidate foes. Donít be fooled though, these dogs will take a physical stand and even attack if necessary.
Kangals are named for the Kangal District of Sivas Province in central Turkey where the breed probably originated. Because the Kangal-Sivas region is somewhat isolated, this breed has remarkable uniformity.
Height: Female 28-30 inches, Male 30-32 inches
Weight: Female 90-120 Ibs, Male 110-145 Ibs
Colors: Colours range from a light dun or pale, balck, dull gold to a steel grey.
Coat: The Kangal Dog has a short double coat, neither wavy nor fluffy. In cold weather, the coat is very dense, nearly uniform in length. In warm weather, much of the undercoat is shed, leaving a short, flatter outer coat. The outer coat is harsh and the undercoat is very soft, dense, and sometimes gray in color. The hair on the neck, shoulders and tail is only slightly longer than the hair on the body. The hair on the tail is never plumed or feathered. Most Kangal Dogs have a strip of flatter hair along the topline. The hair on the face, head, and ears is quite short.
Temperament: Clam, alert, loyal, bold and courageous and is sensitive his response to individual demonstrates his intelligence.
With Children: Yes
Care and Training: A Kangal is a very easy dog to train,
Learning Rates: High
Country of Origin: Turkey
History: The Kangal Dog is an ancient flock-guarding breed, thought to be related to the early mastiff-type dogs depicted in Assyrian art. The breed is named for the Kangal District of Sivas Province in Central Turkey where it probably originated. Although the breed has long been associated with the family of the Aga of Kangal, large landholders and chieftains, the majority are bred by villagers who take great pride in the dogs' ability to guard their flocks of sheep and goats from such traditional predators as the wolf, bear, and jackal.
First REgistered by the AKC: