Kangal Dog

Fast Facts

Country of Origin:Turkey
AKC Group:Rare
UKC Group:Guardian
Use today:Guardian, national dog of Turkey
Life Span:11 to 14 years
Color:Cream to light tan to gray in a sable pattern with a black mask.
Coat:Short double coat, neither wavy nor fluffy.
Grooming:Brush weekly.
Size:Large Dog Breed
Height:30 to 32 inches.
Weight:110 to 145 pounds.

The famous Kangal, known to Turks in all walks of life, is considered the national dog of Turkey, a status reflected in its appearance on a Turkish postage stamp. Also known as coban kopegi, a term that describes its function as a livestock guarding dog, this large, black-faced, mastiff-type dog is found only in the Sivas-Kangal region of eastern Turkey. Purebred Kangals are rare even in Turkey, where they are found most often as working flock guards rather than pets. Kangals have a black mask and solid body color ranging from dun to dark gray. Typically they have a pronounced chest blaze and white feet. The short coat is dense and smooth. Spotted coats or long coats, sometimes seen on dogs found on the periphery of the Sivas-Kangal region, show pariah dog influence and are disqualified. This large, powerful breed is an excellent home guardian, affectionate with children and well suited to obedience work.


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