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Kangal Shepherd Dog

Group: Utility (Group 6)
Club: Utility Dog Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 6)
Contact: Mr Arthur Fry
Phone: 9740 8788

Brief History

National dog of Turkey. They are an ancient flock guarding breed in particular Akkaraman Sheep in Eastern Turkey. They live a nomadic life, roaming great distances.

Average Life Span

When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.

The average life span is 12 to 15 years.


Naturally independent, steady and bold.

General Breed Description

Large, upstanding, powerfully built, livestock guarding dog with dark mask. Not aggressive but a good guardian. Capable of great speed. The Kangal is a molossus type dog. Its constitution is robust. Its compact body is covered with thick and medium length of hair. Body is of rectangular shape.

Coat and Care Requirements

Kangal Shepherd Dogs have a double coat with a thick undercoat. The coat is longer in the winter months. As they are suitable for farm life, they require little grooming. More brushing and combing is required when the coat is shedding.


Height: Males: 74 to 81cms, Females 71 to 79cms.


All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about the breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. The Kangal Shepherd Dog is generally a healthy breed, however health conditions do occur occasionally.


The Kangal Shepherd Dog is strong willed and independent and is more suitable for farmers needing a guard dog for their stock rather than a household pet.

In Conclusion

Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

Link to ANKC Breed Standard:

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