Turkish Kangal Dog

Breed History / Description

The breed has only been recently recognised in the UK and was previously included as an Anatolian Shepherd Dog, but the standard for the Kangal reveals more specific details. He is used as a flock guard and lives a nomadic lifestyle, living outside in all weathers. Tall, strong and active, a distinguishing feature of the Kangal is the dark mask on his face.


Active breed used as a guarding dog for sheep and livestock; they guard the flock rather than herd. Capable of hard work and enduring extreme temperatures. 


This is not by nature an aggressive breed but it can be dominant and territorial. Steady and bold, naturally independent, very intelligent. Proud and confident, but can be aloof with strangers. Loyal to its master.

Club, K., 2018. The Kennel Club's Breed Standards. 5th ed. London SW1V 2SA: Ebury Press.

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