Kangal, Central Asian Ovcharka, or Caucasian Ovcharka?

Caitlin: Kangal, Central Asian Ovcharka, or Caucasian Ovcharka?
Which one is the biggest/strongest?

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Answer by Alley Taylor
kangal

Answer by Arthur

Kangal and Central Asian Ovcharka is almost the same. The Central Asian dog breed consists of numerous types and lines like Alabai in Turkmenistan or Kangal in Turkey.
Caucasian and Central Asian (Alabais, Kangals, etc.) Ovcharkas are approximately the same size and weight but Caucasian dogs are much more savage and have longer hair which protects them in fights with wolves. Read more at http://www.russiandog.net/

Answer by Andrew

At Arthur, I am sorry I don’t think you know what you are talking about. First and foremost a CAO has shorter hair than the average Kangal, It is a Caucasian Ovtcharka that you are think of. Second a Caucasian Ovtcharka, Central Asian Ovtcharka, And Kangal can all get to the same extremely large size although it is more common to have a Ovtcharka way more than the average Kangal, Kangals on the large size average more than a large Ovtcharka. Third if you knew anything about these dogs besides what you read on Wikipedia or any other place such as you owned one (I do) or had friends that own them (I do) you would realize that quite literally a CAO and Kangal are the same thing, a CAO is just more stocky and does not have the same leg power of a Kangal (although it make up for that in its body strength. As for aggressiveness Turkish Kangals, not AKC Kangals are just as aggressive as CAO’. Either way it is a even match if both dogs are around the same size and age.

Answer by Ahm

No man the caucasian is much more aggressive than kangal the kangal prefer to Scare away another dogs kangal is not the dog that wants to fight

Answer by Bob-d

The Kangal is a breed of livestock guardian dog, originating from the Kangal district in Turkey. This dog is calm, controlled, independent, powerful and protective. They make good guardians of livestock and humans alike, and they may not be suitable for inexperienced dog owners. A working Kangal on duty will station itself on a high vantage point overlooking its flock. When suspicious, a Kangal will stand with its tail and ears erect and give an alarm call. When faced with a wolf, the Kangal sometimes is successful in intimidating the enemy, but it will resort to a physical confrontation if the predator stands its ground.

 

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