Kangal Dog: Characteristics, Temperament, Health, Care & Training

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Kangal Dogs are known for their protective instincts. Kangals are large, white dogs that were originally bred to guard livestock in Turkey. Kangals can be aggressive towards strangers and other animals (especially smaller ones). Kangals make good watchdogs because they will bark loudly when someone unfamiliar approaches your property or home. Kangal Dogs also have a natural instinct to protect people, which makes them an excellent choice as family pets. Kangal Dogs require early socialization with humans and other animals so that they develop the proper temperament.

Kangal Dog Characteristics and Temperament

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Kangals typically weigh between 100 and 130 pounds. Kangal dogs have a large head with a broad muzzle, wide-set eyes, and erect ears that stand upright. Kangals have a thick double coat with long fur around the neck, at the chest, and on the legs. Kangal Dogs shed throughout much of the year. Kangal Dog’s coats may lighten during warmer months because they don’t grow as much undercoat as thicker coats do during colder months.

Kangal Dogs can be white or cream-colored but not blueish gray in color. Kangal dogs are very loyal to their owners and will stay close by your side when you walk them outside on a leash or harness. They become very attached to their “pack” members (their owners and the other pets in their family). Kangal dogs are very calm when indoors or inside a car. Kangals have been known to drive off wolves when they attack livestock.

Kangal Dogs bark frequently when outsiders come near their herd. Kangals become very attached to their human “pack” members and will want to sleep close to them at night. Kangal dogs are not especially active when indoors and may prefer to lie in a dog bed or on top of your favorite rug. Kangal Dogs need lots of room for exercise when they’re outside and will enjoy walking, jogging, running, and playing at the dog park with their pack members (humans and other pets). Kangal dogs will need frequent brushing of their thick coats to prevent tangles and mats.

Kangal Dog Training

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Kangal dog training should start at an early age so you can teach your dog basic commands like sit, stay, come, etcetera before he/she becomes too big and difficult to control. Kangal Dogs should be well-trained and socialized before leaving their puppy stage. Kangals can become aggressive and destructive if they don’t receive the proper training and attention during their early years. Kangal dogs can live in an apartment if exercised regularly, but it’s best to have a fenced yard for them to roam around in when they get bigger (and less active).

Kangal Dog Health Problems

Kangal dogs are generally healthy, but like other dogs (especially large breeds), Kangal dogs are prone to hip dysplasia, so make sure you watch your pooch’s weight throughout his/her life. Kangals require regular grooming because of their long coats. The extra fur requires brushing once a week. Kangals typically live between 10-12 years. Kangal dogs are also known for being good swimmers, so they should have no problem enjoying the family pool during the warmer/hotter months of summer.

Kangal Dog Breeders Kangal Dogs are generally not registered by kennel clubs, but Kangals can be bought from various breeders and pet stores across most parts of the United States.

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