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Turkish Kangal Dog: Festival
Physical & Characteristic Features

Turkish Kangal %100 Turkish dog which is certainly loyal, protective and cutie. You would admire to love with it and never feel alone and in danger. Where the Turkish Kangal came from? What is their characteristic and physical features? Let’s look a bit deeper at them.

The root of Turkish Kangal 


It is believed that Kanglı (Kangar) Turkish tribe, who migrated from Central Asia, brought this dog breed when they migrated. It believes that while the immigration Turks bring 3 types of animal. These are horses, dogs, and sheep. 



In the final declaration of the I. International Kangal Dog Symposium held on 11 July 2003, it was accepted that “it was a dog breed brought to Anatolia from Turkistan during the great Turkish migrations”. Turkish Kangal is also mentioned in the archives of the Ottoman Empire, was used by the janissaries in wars.


Characteristic Features of the The Kangal Dog


Turkish Kangal is a faithful dog to its owner and waiting for everything he wants. It is quite brave, quick and intelligent. So Kangal has everything a dog owner expects from a dog. Kangal is a guard dog more than a sheepdog. Because sheepdogs are good and lead the drove. On the contrary, Kangal is protective with this specialty, is close to the guard dog features.



The Kangal also has a great relationship with children. Families that have children easily own a Kangal. Also, Kangal is not a playful dog. It shows calm and dignified features in its standard life. It did not bark until it feels danger. The most distinctive feature of the Kangal dog is its extreme loyalty to its owner. Accordingly, it has a strong sense about protecting everything it thinks belongs to its owner.


Physical Features of the Kangal Dog


If you have a large house including a garden, it is better to live with a Turkish Kangal. Because Kangal is a quite huge dog with sheds feature. Kangal is not suitable for the town is a country dog. Kangal fur can be light yellow, gray, or steel color. Their faces are black and their eye color can vary between golden and brown. Their lips are drooping, their teeth are solid, and their jaws are strong. Kangal lifetime is over 10 years. 


How Do You Take care of a Turkish Kangal? 


The Kangal needs to exercise every day. It is resistant to warm to cool weather conditions. There is little need for fur care. It needs to be groomed once a week to remove dead hair. 


How do you understand a Turkish Kangal dog is a Purebred Dog?


Turkish Kangal is sometimes confused with other guard dogs or sheepdogs. So, if someone wants to have a purebred Kangal they should be careful about the below features.
· Kangal tail is upright and curved towards the back.
· Purebred Kangal does not have stains in the form of lines on their knees.
· The hairs covering their body should be spotless.
· 5 nails on his hind legs indicate it is pure.


The Kangal Dog Festival in Turkey


Kangal is %100 Turkish dog with this feature Turkish Government considers the Kangal dog to be part of the national heritage. Kangal is increasingly valued all over the world. Therefore, winning at the festival is very prestigious all over Turkey. 


Alabai vs Kangal


Alabai and Turkish Kangal recently compare because of the common futures that they have. First of all, two breeds of dogs are Turkish dogs. Both of them are either guard dogs and sheepdogs. Both Known as ‘‘wolf chokers’’ because they are super powerful and known loyal to their owner. Alabai and Turkish Kangal sizes are also similar. But Alabai breed dogs are stronger, and their bones are thicker than Kangal. Besides, Alabai is a more energetic dog. Hence, if it does not spend its energy enough can be very aggressive. The most distinctive feature is Alabai can live in any weather and circumstances. However, Kangal is a cold climate dog and cannot live-in warm weather. Kangal does not have resistance to hot.