Step aside Clifford, the real big dog is the Kangal Shepherd Dog. The Kangal Shepherd Dog is a guardian dog breed that has originated from Sivas, Turkey. It is also known as the Turkish Kangal or the Anatolian Kangal. The huge dog is about 28 to 34 inches tall and weighs anywhere between 90 and 150 pounds. The unique Kangal Shepherd Dog is a magnificent dog breed that guards its family from any incoming threats but also has a heart of gold.

Kangal Shepherd Dog: History

The Kangal Shepherd Dog was originally bred by farmers from the Kangal District of the Sivas Province in Turkey. The Kangal Shepherd Dog was bred to protect farmers’ flocks and livestock from wolves and bears. The Kangal Shepherd Dog was kept out on the plains with the flocks, so crossbreeding was never an issue for these dogs. Their strong, pure bloodline was able to be kept contained and has retained in the Kangal Shepherd Dog of today.

Kangal Shepherd Dog: Characteristics

The Kangal Shepherd Dog is a very intelligent dog breed. They were bred to be vigorous, attentive and alert to keep a watchful eye over any approaching danger. Kangal Shepherd Dogs think of themselves as a pack leader, taking care of its family and of its pack.

Kangal Shepherd Dogs are known to be friendly and gentle when it comes to human interaction, even around children. As guardian dogs, they know to take care of their pack and their owners. When it comes to other dogs, the Kangal Shepherd Dog may hesitate and get testy but this is simply due to its hardwired protective shepherding genes.

The Kangal Shepherd Dog is not an aggressive or out-of-control dog breed naturally, so with proper socialization and training from a young age they are the perfect family dog. Kangal Shepherd Dogs require a lot of space to roam around and stay physically active.