Kangal Dog

USD $600-$800 Price Avg.

Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)



Breed Type



12-15 years


Breed Information

Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity/Rank 492
Origin Turkey
Other Names Kangal Shepherd Dog, Kangal Çoban Köpegi, Sivas Kangal, Turkish Kangal
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $600-$800
How much does a Kangal Dog cost?
According to a rough estimate, you will spend between $600 to $800 on your Kangal Dog if you purchase it from a reputable breeder. If you select a dog with exceptional bloodlines, the price may be higher. The price might even be higher if the dog has already been trained. You'll usually pay less if you get a Kangal Dog from a shelter.
Size Giant
Weight Male: 110-145 pounds (50-66 kg),
Female: 90-120 pounds (41-54 kg)
Height Male: 30-32 inches (77-86 cm),
Female: 28-30 inches (72-77 cm)
Lifespan 12-15 years
Recognized by
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose Protection.
Date of Origin 17th century
Ancestry Turkish

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Dense, Double
Coat Colors Black, Cream, Gray
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Hazel, Amber, Brown, Black, Blue
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Tan, Grey, Pink
Coat Color Possibilities Fawn, Sable, Grey, Silver, Brindle, White
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Medium
Coat Texture Thick, double-layered, weather-resistant.
Recommended Brushes Slicker brush, Pin brush, Undercoat rake, Shedding blade, Nail clippers, Grooming mitt, Grooming spray.
Brushing Frequency 2-3 times per week

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Alert, Calm, Controlled, Defensive, Independent, Protective, Selfish, Sensitive, Vigilant
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Yes

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Yes

Health Elements

Health Issues
Health Problems Fatty Tumors
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Moderate
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 20 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 45 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Cups Per Day 4 cups
Daily Cost $10-$15
Monthly Cost $50-$100


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Kangal Dog have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 5-10 puppies (Once a year.)


The Kangal Dog is a large, powerful breed of dog that originated in Turkey. It is an ancient breed that has been used for centuries as a guard dog and livestock guardian. The Kangal Dog is known for its loyalty, intelligence, and strength.

Appearance: The Kangal Dog has a muscular body with a broad chest and strong legs. Its head is large with a wide muzzle and dark eyes. Its ears are erect and its tail is long and curved. The coat of the Kangal Dog can be short or long, but it usually has an undercoat that helps keep it warm in cold weather. Colors range from light tan to black with white markings on the face, chest, legs, and tail tip.

Lifespan: The average lifespan of the Kangal Dog is 10-12 years when properly cared for.
Size: The average size of the Kangal Dog ranges from 28-32 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 90-145 pounds when fully grown.
Weight: Males typically weigh between 90-115 pounds while females weigh between 80-105 pounds when fully grown.
Colors: Common colors include light tan to black with white markings on the face, chest, legs, and tail tip.
Personality: The Kangal Dog is known for its loyalty to its family as well as its intelligence and strength which makes it an excellent guard dog or livestock guardian dog (LGD). They are also very protective of their family members which can make them wary of strangers if not properly socialized from an early age. They are also very independent thinkers which can make them difficult to train but they do respond well to positive reinforcement training methods such as clicker training or reward based training methods such as treats or praise words like “good boy” or “good girl” when they do something correctly during training sessions..
Friendliness: With proper socialization from an early age, the Kangal Dog can be friendly towards other dogs as well as children and other animals in their home environment if introduced slowly over time while being supervised by their owners at all times until both parties become comfortable around each other..
Temperament: The temperament of the Kangal Dog varies depending on how they were raised but generally speaking they are loyal companions who will protect their family members at all costs if necessary.. They are also independent thinkers who need firm yet gentle guidance during training sessions so that they understand what behavior is expected from them.. Health: Generally speaking the health of this breed is good however there have been reports of hip dysplasia in some lines so it's important to ask your breeder about any health issues before purchasing one.. Adaptability Level : This breed does best in rural settings where there's plenty of space for them to roam around freely however they can adapt quite easily to living in urban environments provided that they get enough exercise every day.. Benefits : As pets ,the kangals provide great companionship due to their loyal nature .They also make excellent guard dogs due to their size ,strength ,and protective instincts .They require minimal grooming making them easy maintenance pets .


The Kangal Dog is a large, powerful breed of dog that is native to the Sivas province in central Turkey. The breed is also known as the Turkish Kangal, Anatolian Karabash, and Sivas Kangal. The Kangal Dog is a member of the molosser group of dogs, which includes other large breeds such as the mastiff, bullmastiff, and Newfoundland. The Kangal Dog is considered to be the national dog of Turkey and is often used as a guard dog or livestock guardian.

The history of the Kangal Dog breed is shrouded in mystery, but it is believed that the breed originated in Anatolia, which is now modern-day Turkey. The breed was used by Turkish nomadic tribes to protect their flocks from predators such as wolves and bears. The Kangal Dog was so effective at protecting livestock that it soon became prized by farmers and shepherds all over Anatolia.

The Kangal Dog nearly became extinct in the early 1900s due to cross-breeding with other breeds such as the St. Bernard and Great Pyrenees. However, a few dedicated breeders in Turkey worked to preserve the purity of the breed and eventually succeeded in doing so. In 1985, the first Kangal Dogs were exported to the United States, where they quickly gained popularity as guard dogs and companion animals.

The ancestry of the Kangal Dog is unknown, but it is thought to be related to other molosser breeds such as the mastiff and bullmastiff. The breed was first recognized by The Kennel Club (UK) in 2006 and by the United Kennel Club (US) in 2007.