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Anatolian Shepherd Dog vs Komondor vs Kangal Dog – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Anatolian Shepherd Dog vs Komondor vs Kangal Dog" Compare Anatolian Shepherd Dog and Komondor. Which is better: Anatolian Shepherd Dog or Komondor or Kangal Dog?
Name Anatolian Shepherd Dog Komondor Kangal Dog
OriginsTurkey Hungary Turkey
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank86163492
Reviews114
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Other Names Coban Kopegi, Karabash Dog, Kara Bas, Kangal Dog, Kham Kepiji Dogs, Scandinavian Nygaard Dogs Mop Dog, Hungarian Sheepdog, Hungarian Komondor Kangal Çoban Köpegi, Kangal Shepherd Dog, Sivas Kangal, Turkish Kangal
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1996 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1937 as a Working breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition No set No set American Canine Registry America's Pet Registry Continental Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. National Kennel Club United Kennel Club American Canine Association, Inc.
Price $500-$600 $800-$1200 $600-$800

General Appearance - Anatolian Shepherd Dog vs Komondor vs Kangal Dog

Size Large Large Giant
Weight Male: 100-150 pounds (45-68 kg), Female: 90-130 pounds (41-59 kg) 125 pounds (59 kg) Male: 110-145 pounds (50-66 kg), Female: 90-120 pounds (41-54 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 125 pounds (56.5 kg), Female: 110 pounds (50 kg) 125 pounds (59 kg) Male: 127.5 pounds (58 kg), Female: 105 pounds (47.5 kg)
Height Male: 28-30 inches (71-76 cm), Female: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm) 25.5 inches (65 cm) Male: 30-32 inches (77-86 cm), Female: 28-30 inches (72-77 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 29 inches (73.5 cm), Female: 27 inches (68.5 cm) 25.5 inches (65 cm) Male: 31 inches (81.5 cm), Female: 29 inches (74.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Anatolian Shepherd Dog vs Komondor vs Kangal Dog

Coat Fine Thick Coarser Topcoat Finer Undercoat Shaggy Dense Wavy Corded Double Dense
Colors Biscuit White Brindle Liver Blue Fawn Red White Ivory Gray Cream Black
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Anatolian Shepherd Dog doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Advanced: The Komondor requires a lot of grooming.
Average: The Kangal Dog requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are heavy shedders.
Komondors shed none to minimal.
Kangal Dogs are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Anatolian Shepherd Dog vs Komondor vs Kangal Dog

Temperament Bold Independent Proud Confident Intelligent Steady Affectionate Fearless Independent Calm Gentle Steady Alert Independent Selfish Controlled Calm Protective Sensitive
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Kangal Dog's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are quite easy to train.
Komondors are easy to train.
Kangal Dogs are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Komondors, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Kangal Dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Komondors are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Kangal Dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are kinda antisocial.
Komondors need for social interaction is average.
Kangal Dogs are known to be antisocial.
Barking
Average: The Anatolian Shepherd Dog barks occasionally.
Average to high: The Komondor is a vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Kangal Dog rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
Komondors are one of the best watchdogs.
Kangal Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Komondors are extremely protective guard dogs.
Kangal Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Komondor has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Kangal Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Komondors have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Kangal Dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Komondor is strong enough to escape from home.
Kangal Dogs have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Komondors have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Kangal Dogs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Apartment Friendly
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Komondors are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Kangal Dogs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Komondors adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Kangal Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs handle alone time quite well.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Kangal Dogs love being alone, they need their own free time.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Anatolian Shepherd Dog vs Komondor vs Kangal Dog

Stranger Friendly
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are not stranger friendly dogs.
Komondors are not stranger friendly dogs.
Kangal Dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Komondors are kid-friendly dogs.
Kangal Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Komondors are cat-friendly dogs.
Kangal Dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are not dog-friendly.
Komondors are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Kangal Dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Anatolian Shepherd Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Komondor is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Kangal Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Komondors are usually recommended for elderly people.
Kangal Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Komondors are usually friendly towards other pets.
Kangal Dogs are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Komondors are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Kangal Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Anatolian Shepherd Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Komondor breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Kangal Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Anatolian Shepherd Dog vs Komondor vs Kangal Dog

Health Issues
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are commonly healthy dogs.
The Komondor is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Kangal Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems No set No set Fatty Tumors
Life Expectancy 10-13 years 10-12 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Komondors have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Kangal Dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs have an average exercise need.
Komondors have an average exercise need.
Kangal Dogs have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Komondors like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Kangal Dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 4 to 7 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 6 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Komondor can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Komondor has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Kangal Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is an average drooler.
The Komondor is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Kangal Dog drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.

Reproducibility - Anatolian Shepherd Dog vs Komondor vs Kangal Dog

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 5-10 puppies 3-10 puppies 5-10 puppies

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