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Kangal Dog – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium
Weight: 90 to 145 pounds
Height: 28 to 32 inches
Longevity: 15
Bark Tendency: Medium
Aggression: High
Compatibility to other pets: Medium

Adopt a Kangal Dog, Dog Breed Guide


Turkish people are proud to have the Kangal Dog and named them their official national dog.

Official Name

Kangal Dog
Other Name
Turkish Kangal Dog


Date – Ancient Times / Country – Turkey
Family / Group – Flock Guardian, Guardian

Recognized By

American Pet Registry, Inc.
United Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
American Canine Registry
National Kennel Club
Kangal Dog Club of America


One of the ancient dog breeds today, the Kangal Dog is a native of Turkey and is so loved there that they were made the official national dog of the country. Historian believed that they got their names from the influential Aga of Kangal, members of the ruling class who are landowners and chieftains. Most villagers working residing within the Kangal controlled regions of Turkey, specifically, the Siva Province used these dogs as flocking and guarding dogs of their livestock. At first glance, a strong trait of the early mastiffs can be seen. Today they are often depicted wearing a spiked collar.


Highly trainable for their impressive intelligence, the Kangal dog breed is a group of dog that is strong and shows courage while on the job. At home with family, they will show affection. But when strangers are around, they will be wary. Although calm by nature, these dogs will fight if deemed necessary.

Bred For

The Kangal Dog is an ancient flock-guarding breed.


The Kangal Dog is not recommended for apartment life. These dogs will do best with at least a large yard.


This breed requires little grooming. The Kangal Dog is a seasonal, heavy shedder.


Highly trainable for their impressive intelligence.


These are generally very healthy dogs. The only health issue is hip dysplasia but is not rampant and common for the Kangal dog breed.


This breed needs exercise and mental stimulation. Kangal dogs are traditional working dogs so a home with a large open area will suit them. A regular activity or job as guardians of property or farm protector will make them very happy.