The Turkish Kangal Dog is a large working breed, originally bred to guard flocks of sheep. It is rarely seen in the UK and belongs to the pastoral group of dogs.
The Turkish Kangal Dog is a large sheep dog that protected sheep from wolves and other predators in its native Turkey.
The Turkish Kangal Dog retains a natural guarding instinct, making it very loyal and protective towards its owner. It tends to gravitate to one owner, and is not a breed ideally suited to families. It is wary of strangers, and can be problematic with other dogs. Care should be taken around cats, and contact with other smaller pets should be avoided.
The breed makes a good guard dog around the home, and will probably attack any intruder.
The breed comes in a handful of colours and markings:
Height bitch 71-79cms
Height dog 74-81cms
Weight (kilos) bitch 41-54kgs
Weight (kilos) dog 50-66kgs
The Turkish Kangal Dog requires at least an hour of exercise every day. Care should be taken in the warm summer months as the TKD does feel the heat.
No, this is a dog that requires an experienced handler with good knowledge of the breed. It’s also a dog that needs plenty of space, so unsuitable for apartment living.
Medium. The thick double coat is waterproof and mud and dirt does tend to ‘slide’ off the coat. A daily brush with a soft slicker brush will remove knots and tangles. Ears should be checked and cleaned regularly.
No. The TKD sheds throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog breed for allergy sufferers.
The Turkish Kangal is a healthy and hardy dog with no known health issues at this present time.
As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.
A healthy Turkish Kangal Dog should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 11-14 years.
No current price is available due to litters being few and far between. There were only 1 registration with the Kennel Club during the whole year of 2016. There are normally 5-10 puppies in a litter.
A bitch weighing 50kgs will require around 509gms of complete dry food daily. A dog weighing 60kgs will require around 570gms of complete dry food daily.
A bitch weighing 50kgs will cost around £12.50 per week to feed. A dog weighing 60kgs will cost around £14.00 per week to feed.
Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket.
Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including: