Why a Kangal Dog is the Perfect Dog to Protect Your Farm


Kangal Puppy (c) KorayGokhan 

(c) Kangal Puppy Koray Gokhan

Origin of the Kangal Dog

In researching an ideal guardian for my farm, I discovered the magnificent Kangal Dog. The Kangal Dog has routes back to the 12th century where shepherds in Turkey bred the giant dog to protect their huge herds of Sheep.

When I say giant, I mean giant! Some can grow to over 145lbs (65KGs). It is said that two Kangal dogs are able to protect herds of over 200 sheep; pretty impressive! Turkish Shepherds bred the dog for over 800 years harnessing their natural size and breeding a strong temperament. They will show huge loyalty and guardianship over their master, family and flock and major hostility towards all potential predators.

They are best known for protecting sheep from predators such as wolves and bears in rural regions of Turkey. However, in recent years, in Europe and the US Kangal owners have trained the Kangal for highly effective cattle guardianship.

Kangal Dog Profile and Breed Standard

A typical shepherd dog should measure between 30 to 32 inches to their shoulders and will be around 36 inches in length. Packed with over 140 lbs of muscle and over a 46-inch chest; the Kangal is easy to identify by silhouette alone.

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I have a Border Collie Lab mix. The BC makes him a good protector and watch dog and the Lab in him makes him a teaspoon less active. He was a handful as a pup and took longer to mature, but in the end he became the best working dog and hiking buddy I have ever owned. At twelve years he has slowed down considerably (as have I) but is no less loving and protective.

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