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Kangal Dog

General Description

The Kangal Dog is a large, powerful, heavy-boned dog, whose size and proportions have developed naturally as a result of its continued use in Turkey as a guardian against predators. The head is large and moderately wide with drop ears.

General Health

The Kangal is not known to have many health issues. In fact, they are considered among the healthiest breeds of dogs. But some of the most common concerns they face are entropion, hip dysplasia, and lipoma. Entropion is an eyelid deformity causing the eyelid to turn inward.

Character and Temperament

Sensitive, independent, self controlled, alert, protective and calm


Kangal Dogs can thrive in an urban or suburban setting, but the growing Kangal puppy needs plenty of exercise in the form of walks and slow jogs with their humans, on lead, and preferably on a natural surface if moving faster than a walk.


The Kangal Shepherd or Turkish Kangal Dog is a historic breed of large livestock guardian dog native to Turkey. Originally the breed served the people of Sivas, and the Kangal remains a popular dog breed in Turkey.


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