The famous Kangal, known to Turks in all walks of life, is considered the national dog of Turkey, a status reflected in its appearance on a Turkish postage stamp. Also known as coban kopegi, a term that describes its function as a livestock guarding dog, this large, black-faced, mastiff-type dog is found only in the Sivas-Kangal region of eastern Turkey. Purebred Kangals are rare even in Turkey, where they are found most often as working flock guards rather than pets. Kangals have a black mask and solid body color ranging from dun to dark gray. Typically they have a pronounced chest blaze and white feet. The short coat is dense and smooth. Spotted coats or long coats, sometimes seen on dogs found on the periphery of the Sivas-Kangal region, show pariah dog influence and are disqualified. This large, powerful breed is an excellent home guardian, affectionate with children and well suited to obedience work.
Guardian Dogs: Right Dog For You?
Not for the novice dog owner, learn all about these large dog breeds bred to guard people or livestock to see if they are the right companion pet for you and your family. Sometimes known as working dogs, guardian dogs were bred to guard homes, people and valuables, as well…
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Working Dog Breeds
The Working Group varies in appearance, but all these dog breeds are known for their tremendous strength, endurance and intelligence. …
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