KANGAL DOG

COUNTRY: Turkey
WEIGHT: 75-150 pounds
HEIGHT: 28-34 inches
COAT: Short, smooth
COLOR: Grey, Black, Brown
OTHER NAMES: Karabash
GROUP: Flock Guard

The Sivas Kangal Dog is a breed of domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris), and is the national breed of turkey. This dog, who can weigh in excess of 120 pounds (64 kg) fully grown, was originally used as a livestock guardian dog. This is an early mastiff type with a solid, or very pale sable coat, and black with a mask and, in fact, another name for the race is Karabash which means black head.

The breed is often referred to as a sheep dog, but not herd charges. Instead, it is to live with the flock and act as a watchdog of cattle, compared to reject the wolves, bears and jackals.The Turkish Kangal Dog’s protectiveness and gentleness with small children and animals has led to its increasing popularity as a guardian for families as well, as it watches members of its flock with extreme devotion.