Caucasian Shepherd Dog vs Kangal Dog

Compare the Caucasian Shepherd Dog to the Kangal Dog. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Caucasian Shepherd Dogs and Kangal Dogs.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Caucasian Shepherd Dog and Kangal Dog are strongly discouraged for new/inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Caucasian Shepherd Dog and Kangal Dog are child friendly.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have high grooming requirements, but the Kangal Dog is slightly easier to groom between the two.
  • Barking - Both the Caucasian Shepherd Dog and Kangal Dog are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Caucasian Shepherd Dog vs Kangal Dog
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Breed NameCaucasian Shepherd DogKangal Dog
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height25-28 in.28-34 in.
Weight80-180 lb85-150 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryGeorgiaTurkey
Origin Year500 BC700 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessBelow AverageBelow Average
Family FriendlyGoodGood
Kid FriendlyGoodGood
Pet FriendlyPoorGood
Stranger FriendlyPoorPoor
Personality
  • Aggressive
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
  • Aggressive
  • Stubborn
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorYesNo
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹20°F to 80°F20°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHigh-Very HighHigh
Top Running Speed24 mph22 mph
StrengthVery HighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighLow
SheddingHigh-Very HighMedium
DanderMedium-HighLow
Drool AmountMediumLow

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameCaucasian Shepherd DogKangal Dog
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesYes
Family/PackNoNo
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionHighAverage
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingAverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingHighAverage
GuardingHighHigh
HerdingAverageHigh
HuntingBelow AverageBelow Average
ProtectionHighHigh
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameCaucasian Shepherd DogKangal Dog
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Fatty TumorsNoYes
Joint DysplasiaYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameCaucasian Shepherd DogKangal Dog
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
WoolyYesNo
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesNo
MediumNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
CreamYesNo
FawnYesNo
GrayYesYes
RedYesNo
TanYesYes
WhiteYesNo
Pale YellowNoYes