Kangal Dog

Description

The Kangal Dog has massive features. Its body is very heavy and muscular. Its head is massive with large ears that drop forward. It has a black mask. Its nose and eyes are black. The skull is square. Its neck is elongated and thick. The breed stands on straight front and back legs. Its chest is deep and features a rib cage that is well sprung. Its tail is set low and curls upward over its back. The breedтАЩs coat is very thick and short.

Temperament

Despite its nature to protect, the Kangal Dog is not an aggressive breed. It is very serious about making sure its family is safe. It will generally not attack intruders, unless it feels the life of its family is threatened. Guests who are welcomed by its family will not be treated as intruders, but the breed will act cautious around them. The breed is fine with children, but supervision is recommended when the breed is playing with young children. The breed was developed as a guardian of flock and is always attentive to its surroundings. It is very devoted and loving.

Height and Weight

Male height: 30-32 inchesMale weight: 110-145 poundsFemale height: 28-30 inchesFemale weight: 90-120 pounds

Health Problems

The Kangal Dog is generally a very healthy breed. There are only a few health problems associated with this breed. The most common of these problems is hip dysplasia. The breed may develop this condition because of its size. This condition is common in large breeds.

Ideal Living Conditions

The most appropriate living conditions for the Kangal Dog are an environment outdoors. The breed requires a significant amount of space for it to be active. The breed does not easily adapt to indoor environments and will remain inactive if it resides indoors. Outdoor types must be enclosed in a large fence.

Exercise

When it resides outdoors, the Kangal Dog will run around the area and very likely obtain the exercise it needs to stay healthy and disease free. The breed will still enjoy a long walk on a daily basis to spend time with its owner. Indoor types are generally inactive and need a significant amount of exercise.

Life Expectancy

The Kangal Dog typically lives 12-15 years.

Litter Size

The average litter size of the Kangal Dog is 5-10 puppies.

Grooming

For 10 months of the year, the grooming needs of the Kangal Dog are only brushing and basic hygiene. The other two months of the year the dog’s coat sheds and requires more maintenance.

Origin

The Kangal Dog originates from central Turkey in the region of Sivas-Kangal.

Group

Flock

Color

The Kangal Dog is usually a light color of gray or tan. It also has a black mask.