Breed Information Centre

Turkish Kangal Dog


Illustration of Turkish Kangal Dog

The breed has only been recently recognised in the UK and was previously included as an Anatolian Shepherd Dog, but the standard for the Kangal reveals more specific details. He is used as a flock guard and lives a nomadic lifestyle, living outside in all weathers. Tall, strong and active, a distinguishing feature of the Kangal is the dark mask on his face.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Pastoral Breed Group

The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.

Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.

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