Perserving the Ancient Kangal dog in America.

Turkish Kangal dogs are the national dog of Turkey

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Are Boz Shepherds and Kangals the same thing?

Boz Shepherd is not a breed, and in Turkey where the Kangal dog originated out of, the Turkish people do not recognize it as a distinctive breed. Rather it is a landrace variant.  In different areas of Turkey the breed can breed in different ways that change the structure/look slightly from another area.


A Boz Shepherd is know to be bigger and stronger structure then the typical Kangal dog.  It is more Square structure,  height and length being similar while the Kangal variation has more of a rectangle look to it.  


Boz Shepherds typically have more laid back, calm personality.  They are not as high energy and not as easy aroused.  We breed Turkish turkish kangal dogs that have both variations in them, so we have good athletic working dogs, but  with calmer more stable temperments.  

Natural Born Guardians

Turkish Kangal dogs are natural Guardians, Kangals bond heavily to the flock or the people they live with.  Protective by nature they are imprinted by hard wired instincts to protect those under their care.   Typically used as a livestock guardian their purpose is to drive away those that they see as a threat.  They are independent thinking and are fully confident in their abilities to access a situation.  They typically react with the appropriate level of response given the situation.  So their reaction to your guests coming to visit, will be very different then a coyote or wolf on the fringes of their property. 


Guests are warmly welcomed typically, assuming you have socialized your dog to new people, and strangers on their property as a puppy.  Social dogs are usually welcomed onto the property as long as they do not act in any type of aggressive manner to their flocks.  Both parents are people loving, and graciously welcome the opportunity to meet new people.  


When being used as a livestock guardian dog, it is important and best to raise them with the livestock you wish to imprint them to at an early age.  They should have early exposure to their stock immediately when you acquire your puppy.  

Kangals as a Landrace breed

 Kangal dogs  are  a landrace breed and as such are generally healthier then other breeds of dogs.  This is because not only did humans decide who got to breed, and play a role in their organized breeding plans, mother nature also played a role. 


 Dog's who were not strong, or unhealthy  or who did not survive the elements on the harsh Turkish Frontier did not get to breed and pass on their health ailments to the next generation. turkish kangal dogs

FAQ's about Kangals

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Where did the breed originate from?

  Kangal (a town in Turkey) in Turkey's Sivas Province, kangal breeders

Size

A Turkish Kangal dog is roughly around  

Female: 41–54 kg

Male: 50–66 kg

however because their is the variation of Boz Shepherd added in 

the weigh can be as much as  10 to 20 pounds more.  


Height:

Female: 72–77 cm Male: 77–86 cm turkish kangal dogs

How strong is the Kangal

Rumoured to have the strongest bite force in the Domesticated dog world, the Turkish  kangal dog is very powerful.  But don't let that turn you away, they truly have a very beautiful temperment and are usually renowned as gentle giants.  This is because of the way the Turkish people breed the Kangal dog.  The dog was breed to be able to hold its own in a fight against a wolf/coyote, bear, mountain lion, etc, but then had to be gentle and social to be able to go into the villages at night time and be non-aggressive towards children, the elderly, and village folk. turkish kangal dogs



Can the Kangal be a pet?

The Turkish kangal dog has been successfully homed as a pet but this is not the typical purpose for it and pet homes in an urban area can be a challenge for any livestock breed who wants to sound off that their is something approaching their territory. 


I recommend Kangals to be rehomed for working purposes where they are actively working livestock, or engaged in some type of other work/job.  They also do well as companion dogs in homestead environments if the family is very active and has the dog doing some type of training/work for which gives the dog a purpose. turkish kangal dogs