All of the dogs used for breeding are imports from Turkey with official FCI recognised pedigrees. 5 dogs have been imported so far since 2015. Selected puppies obtained from the breeding of the imports will be used for breeding in the future. It may be necessary to import more in the future to maintain a healthy gene pool, however, currently there is no need.
While the Kangal Shepherd Dog is often referred to as a sheep dog, it is not a herding dog, but rather a flock guardian that lives with the flock of sheep to actively fend off predators of all sizes. Typically used as protection against wolves, bears and jackals in its native Turkey, the breed has been exported to African countries like Namibia and Kenya in more recent years due to it's intimidating size and capabilities as an effective guardian, where it successfully protects local herds from lions, cheetahs and similar indigenous big cats. This has had the benefit of not only protecting livestock but ensuring the continuity of endangered predators due to reduced culling by local farmers.
Kangal Shepherd Dog's protectiveness, loyalty and gentleness with small children and animals has led to its growing popularity as a guardian for families as well, as it regards people as its "flock" and guards them with extreme devotion.
The breed's name derives from the contemporary Central Anatolian town of Kangal in Turkey's Sivas province and is believed to be from the same root as the
Turkic tribe known as the "Kangalis"