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Turkish Kangal Dog Breed Summary

Loving, Loyal, Devoted, Alert and Calm

Turkish Kangals are a very ancient breed and are highly prized by Shepherds in their native country of Turkey. This is because they make excellent guarding dogs, which would make sense seeing as many believe they could be related to mastiff-type breeds. It's thought the breed probably originated in the Kangal District of Sivas Province in Central Turkey, hence their name! However, there are others who believe that they got their name from being associated with the Aga of Kangal family, who were important rulers in the area. Most of the doggies were bred by villagers who were in need of a strong and confident doggy, capable of guarding the land against predators such as wolves and bears. Nowadays, these doggies still remain highly prized in their native country and are Turkey's National Dog! They were first imported to the USA in the 80's and were only recognised in 2012. Their numbers remain relatively low within the UK.

Other Names Kangal, Sivas Kangal, Kangal Dog

Although traditionally bred as guarding dogs, these doggies make lovely pets and companions as well due to their loving, loyal and affectionate ways. However, they are not the best choice for first time owners as they need to be trained and handled by individuals who have experience and knowledge of the breed. They form very strong bonds with their families, though will become totally devoted to one member of the family (normally the one who feeds them). They are wary of strangers and also highly alert which makes them fantastic watch dogs. They need to be well socialised from a very young age in order to mature into happy and well-rounded doggies. They make fantastic pets for the right family with the right level of experience.