The Kangal, otherwise known as the Kangal Shepherd Dog, Turkish Kangal or Kangal Dog, is a huge, majestic and protective breed originating from Turkey. They are among the largest and most powerful breed of dogs in the world. The breed is named after the Kangal District of Sivas Province in central Turkey, where it probably originated. They are used by villagers as guardians to protect flocks of sheep and goats from other predators, namely wolves, bears and jackals. It is the national dog of Turkey, and the export of purebred dogs from that country is now forbidden. The breed was introduced to Britain in 1965, where they are controversially now known as Karrabash or Anatolian Shepherd Dogs.
Kangals are known for their intelligence, loyalty, courage, and guardian instincts. They make courageous and formidable guard dogs. They excel in protecting their families and properties, and will not hesitate to attack intruders to protect their owners. They are not typically kept as companion pets, but rather as working dogs. Kangals require experienced owners who can provide firm pack leadership and training for this large, powerful and stubborn dog.
The strong guardian instinct of Kangals means they can be reserved around strangers, so early socialisation of puppies is very important. They require a highly secure environment with high fences and are not suitable for suburban living. They should never be left alone with other dogs or pets or children.
Most Australians can expect to pay between $20 and $60 a month for pet insurance. There are many factors that can influence the cost of pet insurance for your dog, which is why it's important to compare pet insurance policies. Factors affecting the cost of your insurance include:
This is the most basic type of pet insurance, covering costs for accidental injuries such as car accidents, poisoning, burns, fractures, snake and spider bites, but not illnesses and other conditions.
This type of insurance provides cover for accidental injuries as well as illnesses like cancer, gastrointestinal problems and eye, ear and skin conditions, but not routine care for your pet.