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Turkish Kangal

The Turkish Kangal Dog is a large, impressive dog with a balanced structure, large strong head and athletic, muscular build. The coat is short, thick and dense, with a waterproof, windproof undercoat designed to protect the Kangal from harsh weather conditions.

10 – 13 years
40 – 60kg
71 – 81cm
Coats come in solid colours, cream through to fawn, dun or steel grey, with a characteristic dark or black mask and ears. Black or white tip to the tail may be seen
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Giant dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Quiet dog
  • Barks, alerts and may be physically protective/suspicious of visitors
  • Might not like other dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Best suited to countryside
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Turkich Kangal Dog breed can suffer from:
- Hip dysplasia
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.


Powerful and protective, yet calm and controlled, the Kangal is aloof towards strangers and willing to take courageous action if necessary. As a pet dog, it is crucial that the Kangal is well socialised with people, livestock, pets and children, and well managed such that they may never make a mistake – with a dog of this size, errors of judgement are not acceptable. Although intelligent, as with many livestock guardian breeds, they are independent thinkers, capable of making decisions without the input of a human handler, and very willing to do so if they feel it is necessary. Training them is not easy, and they are absolutely not suited to the inexperienced owner.

Did You Know?

  • The Turkish Kangal Dog may not guard sheep from wolves and bears all that often these days, however since 1994, in Namibia, 300 Kangal dogs have been given to farmers by the Cheetah Conservation Fund to help protect livestock from cheetah attacks. This has been done to reduce the number of cheetahs killed by farmers – where previously farmers were killing any cheetah seen near the farm, they are now only eradicating those known to have killed livestock. Livestock losses to cheetah have been cut significantly, by around 80% since the introduction of the Kangal dogs.
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