Pet Insurance for Kangals

Find out all about Kangals and their common health conditions, and then compare pet insurance options from some of Australia’s leading insurers.

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, updated on September 22nd, 2023       

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Price range

$1,500 –$4,000


77cm - 86cm


50kg - 70kg


Calm, loyal, protective

Coat length

Short, dense

Exercise needs




Life expectancy

12 - 15 years



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.  

Common diseases and conditions of Kangals

  • Hip Dysplasia: This is a common orthopaedic condition affecting the joint's development. It can lead to discomfort and mobility issues. Responsible breeding practices and regular veterinary check-ups are essential to prevent and manage this condition.  
  • Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (Bloat): A serious condition where the stomach twists, potentially causing a life-threatening emergency. 

Breed-specific issues:  

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. 

How much does pet insurance cost for a Kangal?

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: 

  • Age: The older your dog is, the more pet insurance is likely to cost. This is because senior dogs tend to have more physical health conditions and illnesses due to age, and so present a higher insurance risk.    
  • Type of insurance you choose:  There are three basic types of pet insurance available in Australia; accident-only, accident and illness, and comprehensive insurance. An accident-only policy is the cheapest type of insurance available, with comprehensive coverage costing the most.  
  • The policy annual limit: Each pet insurance policy has an annual limit, which is the maximum amount that will be paid out on the policy in one financial year. Annual limits range from around $10,000 up to $25,000 or more.   
  • Sub-limits: In addition to an annual limit, there may also be sub-limits that apply to the policy, for example, a $300 sub-limit for consultation fees, or a $5,000 limit for cruciate ligament conditions.   
  • Benefit percentage: Pet insurance does not cover 100% of the cost of your vet bill. Instead, it may pay a percentage of the total bill. This can range from 50% for cheaper policies, up to 90% for the best policies available.   
  • Excess amount: This is the amount you’ll need to pay out-of-pocket each time you make a claim on your policy. Some pet insurance policies do not come with an excess amount, whilst others do.  
  • Any add-ons you choose: It’s possible to add on more cover options to a basic policy, such as emergency boarding fees, routine care and dental care. These add-ons extend the scope of your pet insurance, but do increase the overall cost of the policy.  
  • Discounts: some insurers offer discounts of between 5% and 15% if you have multiple pets insured together, if you pay your premium annually, or if you bundle your pet insurance with other forms of insurance with the same company.
  • Gap-only insurance options: Some insurance companies offer a gap-only insurance option, which means when you go to the vet you'll only be required to pay the gap amount, not the cost of the whole bill. This is similar to the Medicare system of health insurance for humans in Australia, where gap payments can be made at HICAPS terminals at the time of treatment. 

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Common questions about Kangals

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What's the difference between a Kangal and an Anatolian Shepherd?

There are differences in size between these two dogs, although some people claim they are the same breed, with Anatolian Shepherds descended from the Kangal Shepherd. Kangals tend to be larger and heavier than the smaller Anatolian Shepherds, and come with a more standard solid tan or brown coat. Anatolian Shepherds come in a wide range of colours, probably due to their cross-breeding with other breeds of dogs over decades.

Are Kangals available in Australia?

Yes, Kangals are now bred in Australia, where they have proven to be highly effective guardians of livestock, and will not hesitate to protect sheep from dingoes. They also make loyal and protective guard dogs. 

Are Kangals aggressive dogs?

Yes, they can be highly aggressive when protecting their flock. The Turkish expression is that Kangals have ‘speed like a cheetah, agility like a leopard and strength like a lion.’ However, they are loyal to their owners and family, and are not known to attack humans unprovoked. However, they should never be left alone with children or smaller pets. 

Do Kangals get on with other pets?

No. They have a strong prey drive and are not pack animals, so prefer to live apart from other dogs. They should never be trusted near cats or other small pets. 

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