Q: What's a better dog caucasian ovcharka or turkish kangal?
I want a strong dog that can defend itself and have lots of courage. I live up north in a big 2 acre home. I need protection from animals and robbers.
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Answer by cissy
I had a Caucasian Ovcharka (now deceased) and currently have a Kangal (Anatolian Shepherd). If you decide on a flock guardian breed like a Caucasian Ovcharka or a Kangal or any other, then you absolutely need to install fencing – preferably livestock grade – or your dog will wander, acquire territory that may belong to a neighbor, cross roads and get killed, get picked up by animal control, get shot, etc. It is your responsibility to properly contain your dog.
These guys are fabulous property guardians, but on territory (which they decide if not fenced), they can be problematic. You can socialize them to strangers and other dogs, but that would defeat the purpose for which you want them. They are also barkers; they're defensive guardians and they're ferocious, incredibly loud bark and charge are their first lines of defense.
IMO, fencing is an absolute must and you need to do a lot of research before you get any of these breeds. And locate a responsible breeder. If you go for cheap, you can end up with lots of health problems.
Answer by anatolianrescue
Both dogs are hard to find in the US. Which breed is best suited to you will depend on you, your family, your fencing, what other animals you have, how close your neighbors are, and how much experience you have with large stubborn dogs.
All of the flock guardian dogs bark, especially at night. If they stay outside at night, you can be sure they will be barking. That is how they keep predators away. Close neighbors do not always appreciate that though.
If you have other dogs, most flock guardian dogs do best with a dog of opposite gender and may not get along with a dog of the same gender.
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All flock guardians are nomadic by nature and will want to wander and expand their territory so it is important to have secure fencing.
All of them are fairly stubborn and independent. The Pyrenees is probably the softest temperament but is still a stubborn and independent thinker. They do have a heavy, long coat, though and grooming can be a chore.
All of them have the natural instinct to protect what they feel is theirs. Some of them are easier to live with though.
Whichever breed you choose, Caucasian shepherd or Kangal, make sure you do as much research as possible. Talk to other owners, contact the breed specific rescue group if there is one. They will not sugar coat the dog to "make a sale".
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