The Kangal Shepherd Dog is a large and powerful breed from the Sivas province of Turkey. The breed is known for its strength, courage, and protective instinct. Kangal Shepherds have been traditionally used as guard dogs for livestock and property.
The Kangal Shepherd Dog is a large, powerful breed that originated in the Sivas province of Turkey. It's considered the national dog of Turkey.
They were traditionally used as guard dogs for livestock and property, specifically for protecting flocks of sheep and goats from predators such as wolves and bears.
They have a strong protective instinct and are known for their courage, making them an excellent choice as a guard dogs.
Kangal Shepherds have a short, dense, and weather-resistant coat, typically fawn or sable in color, which helps them protect from harsh weather conditions.
They have a distinctive black mask around their face and ears, a defining feature of the breed.
They are a large breed, with males typically weighing between 110 and 145 pounds and standing between 30 and 32 inches tall at the shoulder. Females are a bit smaller.
Kangal Shepherds have a lifespan of about 10 to 12 years. They are considered a relatively healthy breed.
They are known for their intelligence and trainability and make excellent guard dogs. They are also used as protection, search and rescue, and therapy dogs
They are also known for their calm and independent nature. They tend to be more reserved than other breeds and bond firmly with their human family.
Kangal Shepherds are recognized by the United Kennel Club and the Federations Cynologique Internationale but have yet to be by AKC. However, some breeding programs are working towards that recognition.