Rocky Mountain Kangal
Kangal type Livestock Guardian dogs
Mission Statement : Since we are situated in one of the most deadly areas in the world for livestock we will continually strive to produce the best livestock guardian dogs possible. This has lead us to what we believe is the best LGD type of dog period, the Turkish Shepherd dog. More specifically the Kangal type dogs. We have acquired many kangals and kangal style dogs from most of the popular breeders in Turkey. We hope to continue to find new bloodlines for the USA to insure genetic soundness. Rocky Mountain Kangal is geared towards making the best working dogs, we do not focus on "pure" kangal dogs or kangal show dogs. While these dogs look stunning on the red carpet and can make great pets and companions we aim to create true working dogs, Kangal style.
Our main goals are:
to keep the dogs guarding livestock in fenced pastures and in wide open range
to keep the dogs social with people and children
to keep the breed viable to defend against a guardian dogs biggest threat, the Canadian Wolf
to keep the dogs size and conformation correct for working
to keep the dogs overall good health
The Turkish Shepherd dogs are known for fiercely guarding livestock while still being gentle with its owners. Most of these dogs will also be tender with other people if socialized correctly, preferably at a young age(2-4months). Though some people raise their dogs to gear them for work where human danger is more of a problem. These dogs have amazing and legendary size, power, speed, agility, ruggedness, intelligence, devotion and have a natural instinct to guard. I personally prefer a more friendly dog therefore I socialize them more. It seems not to matter much in regards to work as they automatically know how to act to a minor situation or serious threat with the appropriate level of response. This reduces the liability of having the public visit the ranch or taking the dogs to public places. For the most part if you socialize the dogs they will bark to let you know you have guests. If you don't socialize them they probably won't let your guests out of the car until you greet them.
These dogs traditionally followed their sheep around the plains and mountains day and night. Some nights the dogs and their sheep would bed down to sleep out on the open range and other nights return to their villages. So the dogs had to be formidable enough to fight off wolves yet soft enough to go back to the village and interact with neighbors, elderly and children. A type of dog that can truly fight a lion and yet still lay with the lamb.
To make sure Rocky Mountain Kangal breeds the best livestock protection dogs possible we pay attention to many details. Here we raise the bar, not just reach it. Starting off, obviously all of the dogs must bond with the livestock and all of our dogs must pass human aggresion tests. So far every dog we raised on the ranch have passed their aggression tests with flying colors. Next we focus on health. These dogs live long lives and have great health in general. They are rarely found with genetic defects like elbow dysplasia, bloat, cancer and other things that many giant breeds consistently show.
Being from the giant molosser dog(mastiff forefather) they can develop hip dysplasia. This is the only genetic problem that shows with any consistency. Thankfully it is one of the only genetic diseases that breeders can test for when the dogs reach breeding age unlike cancer which may not show up until the dogs have passed on their bad genes to generations of pups, grandpups and great-grandpups. Through selective breeding by utilizing x-rays we can improve the hip scores of our guardian pups.
All of our breeding dogs must pass their hip and elbow x-rays. Having said that, the dogs that don't pass still make great working dogs. Even though these are giant dogs, they are not as affected by hip dysplasia as most other breeds. These dogs most often have a mastiff greyhound type build with their weight forward. Less bulk on the hips means less weight for the skeleton to support. The kangals also have a very high pain tolerance so they aren't as bothered by bad hips. They also usually have great elbows so that adds compensation. I have seen even a bulky Boz Shepherd type female run 30 mph with extreme hip dysplasia. Which is as fast as most other giant dog breeds can run. When these Turkish Shepherd dogs have good hips I have seen them run 40 mph. They can also run the distance of 2 marathons in-between breakfast and lunch if conditioned for it. I strive for hip perfection but for the average pet or working kangal dog if it has mild or moderate hip dysplasia you will probably never even know. Still I want the best for myself and for those who acquire my pups. You never know who will want a marathon or drag racing partner so I do what I can to keep raising the percentage of good hips.
Finally we only breed dogs that have the ability to stand toe to toe with America's most formidable predator, the Canadian Gray Wolf. To face off with such a fierce foe a dog like the Türk Çoban Köpeği is needed. Traditionally in Turkey following his first wolf kill the shepherd dog will be named Kurtçul(wolfkiller) and then earns the right to wear a Toht(spike collar). At Rocky Mountain Kangal most the dogs wear our RMK wolf collars though our dogs usually just escort the wolves off the property before things get physical enough to earn the name kurtçul.
This kennel tries not to focus on names. Our dogs have been called Anatolians, Armenian Shepherds, Turkish Kangals, Boz Shepherds, Assyrian Mastiff, Malak, Coban Kopegi, Turkish Shepherds, Kurdish Kangals, Yoruks, Turkish Mastiff, Mutts and many many other names. Everybody argues on what these dogs are and what they should be called. What breed standards should be. Personally we here are over the debates as there is no right answer. We care about the dogs more than the names. Our quality control is second to none, this is what is of most importance. Most important for the owner and even more important for the future of the breed.
Kangal Puppies for sale
Rocky Mountain Kangal will have Turkish Shepherd or Kangal type puppies for sale yearly. We are breeding for good working dogs in wolf country. This includes size, structure, work ethics, disposition towards friendly humans, friendly dogs and livestock.
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