Turkish Kangal Dog

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.

Turkish Kangal Dog Breed Group

Pastoral

Size of the Turkish Kangal Dog

Large

Country of Origin

Turkey

Turkish Kangal Dog Breed introduction and overview

The Turkish Kangal Dog is a large sheep dog that protected sheep from wolves and other predators in its native Turkey.

Turkish Kangal Dog temperament

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.

Colour Varieties of the Turkish Kangal Dog

The breed comes in a handful of colours and markings:

  • Cream Black Mask
  • Dun Black Mask
  • Fawn Black Mask

Size and weight of the Turkish Kangal Dog

Height bitch 71-79cms

Height dog 74-81cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 41-54kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 50-66kgs

Exercise requirements of the Turkish Kangal Dog

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.

Is the Turkish Kangal Dog a good dog for a first time dog owner?

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.

Turkish Kangal Dog coat length

Short

Grooming requirements of the Turkish Kangal Dog

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.

Hypoallergenic

No. The TKD sheds throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog breed for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Turkish Kangal Dog

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.

Average lifespan of the Turkish Kangal Dog

A healthy Turkish Kangal Dog should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 11-14 years.

Approximate Turkish Kangal Dog pedigree puppy price

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.

Estimating how much a Turkish Kangal Dog would need to be fed each day

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.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment