Bob G: is the kangal dog turkish or kurdish?
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Answer by dartass224
Turkish. I believe kurdish is a language... or something to do with dialect.
Answer by Brenda N
even though kurdistan isnt officially a country, it is technically seen as one. kurdistan however is in turkey and iraq, so you could say the dog's from turkey.
Answer by Luke
Kurdish is an ethnicity – if you want to be political, as some of these posts are being, (under the guise of ignorance) the Kurds are the largest ethnic group without a country. They have five or more languages and greater Kurdistan stretches across Iran, Iraq, Syria and mostly Turkey. That aside, Kangal, or Sivas, are know as Kurdish as they were originally bred in the mountains of Turkish Kurdistan. From the mastiff family, as is clear from their looks, they work in packs of two or more protecting flocks of sheep of goats – from wolves in their native areas, but are now effectively deployed in Africa, where a decrease in farmer killings of cheetahs is significant. Tremendously loyal, they integrate well into a human pack, and if trained well make affectionate members of a family, protecting young and alpha alike. Personally, I'd love to have one, but you would need to be an extremely accomplished handler to take charge as they can reach 80kg plus. Hope this helps.
Answer by Hannah N
It should be turkish and kurdish might just be another slang….
Answer by ali a
It is originally from Sivas which is a city in Turkey. So, it is Turkish. BTW, kurdish is just a language as Dartass said.
You can get more information from asdca.org.
Answer by H.Nasreddin
Kangal dog is actually the breed officially known in the West as Anatolian shepherd dog.
The Kangal is a breed of livestock guardian dog, originating from the Kangal district in Sivas Province, Turkey. The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a breed of dog which originated in Anatolia and was further developed as a breed in America.
In the 1970s breeders in the West became interested in Turkish Kangal, Karabash and Akbash dogs and began developing these ancient breeds into modern breed. The dogs were imported from central Turkey into the United Kingdom. Although the first pair of dogs were Kangal dogs, later other types of dogs were brought in and crossbred under the name of an Anatolian Shepherd dog.Today Turkish breeders insist that the Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a cross of the Kangal dog and the Akbash dog.
Because Kangal name and breed has not been thoroughly defined and documented until recently, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are sometimes labeled Kangals. But Kangal is a distinct breed from Karabash, Akbash and the generic Anatolian Shepherd Dog.
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