It is commonly assumed in Turkey that the Kangal dog accompanied Oghuz Turks as working dogs on their long journey from Central Asia to Anatolia. The existence of what might be considered Kangal-type mastiff shepherd dogs in Khorasan, Samarkand and most of Turkmenistan lends credence to this claim. Nomadic Turkic tribes might have used these dogs to bring their livestock with them as they migrated from the steppes and further into Eurasia.
The Kangal Dog is the national dog breed of Turkey. This large dog --which can often grow as large as 140 pounds (64 kg)-- was originally used as a Livestock guardian dog, but has been increasing in popularity as a guard dog. It is of an early mastiff type with a solid, pale tan or sabled coat, and with a black mask; indeed, another name for the breed is Karabash or black head.
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