The Kangal Dog Club of America, Dog Breed Info Center and DogChannel websites have listings for Kangal dog breeders in the United States. The Kangal Dog Club of America has a "code of ethics" for breeders to follow before they can become full-fledged members of the organization. The United Kennel Club, or UKC, monitors the standards of the Kangal breed.
Families who want to buy a Kangal should ask breeders if they follow the club's code and ask about the animal's temperament and if the living conditions are right at the potential home. Kangal dogs need space to roam, explore, dig and guard.
Kangals grow to between 28 to 32 inches at the middle of the back and weigh between 90 and 145 pounds. Males are generally larger than females, and the breed reaches maturity within two years. Purebred dogs are pale, golden or steel gray with a black mask and black ears. These powerful dogs have thick coats that shed twice per year.
Kangals originated in Turkey as guard dogs for flocks of sheep and goats. The breed was first reported in America in 1985. Kangals serve many functions on livestock farms including herding, guarding, protecting against predators and becoming family companions.