The Beast of KANGAL

The Kangal is a very large breed of dog that is employed to protect livestock against predators such as wolves. Its protective instincts, strength, and courage make it a perfect a guard dog that can be integrated into the family.


  • Kangal
  • Karabash
  • Turkish Kangal Dog


The breed got its name for the Kangal District of Sivas Province in central Turkey where it probably originated.


  • Height: Males 30 – 32 inches (77 – 86 cm) Females 28 – 30 inches (72 – 77 cm)
  • Weight: Males 110 – 145 pounds (50 – 66 kg) Females 90 – 120 pounds (41 – 54 kg)
  • Colors- Fawn, Dun, Creamy, Steel Grey
  • Biting Force- 743 PSI (Dog with World’s Strongest Bite Force)
  • The Kangal Dog is a large, powerful, heavy-boned dog
  • The head is large and moderately wide with black mask and black velvety drop ears.
  • The tail is typically curled.
  • The Kangal Dog has a double coat that is short and quite dense.

Kangal Dog

LIFE SPAN- 12-15 years


  • Alert
  • Territorial
  • Strong and courageous
  • Defensive
  • Protective Instincts
  • Calm and independent
  • Self-controlled and sensitive
  • Strong willed


Kangal is a large, strong and heavy boned dog and can be really difficult to handle for an inexperienced owner. But in the right hands this can be a really calm and even tempered dog. As a guardian dog it needs to be gentle, hence is human oriented and very good and calm to children. It treats the children of the family as its flock hence will protect them till death.

But kindly note Kangal is a powerful breed which has independence as a personality trait. Hence too much leniency with this dog is not acceptable. The owner of this dog should be confident, assertive and disciplined individual else this dog breed may tend to behave like an alpha dog.

Kangals are bit difficult to train hence the training should be planned and given in small sessions. They need patient trainer. The main objective of the training should be to accept human as the pack leader status.

Kangal Dogs are not very much compatible with strange dogs but can accept strangers readily if introduced ones but properly.

Kangal 2

It is not recommended for Apartments. It is best suited and will do best with at least a large yard. The breed does not recognize property boundaries, hence it may wander, attack stray dogs, and may be aggressive to human intruders, especially at night. Good fencing is therefore essential.

This breed needs exercise and mental stimulation. Family dogs need daily walks, jogs or runs and socialization, because if there is no work to do they will not get adequate mental and physical exercise and may become hard to handle. While out on the walk the human should be the one to lead, as in the dog’s mind the leader leads the way.


The Kangal is a very healthy breed, but may suffer with genetic disorders.

  • Entropion
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Lipoma






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