Genetic evidence for the distinctness of Kangal dogs

Vahdettin Altunok, Evren Koban, Lounès Chikhi, Alison Schaffer, Niels C Pedersen, Mehmet Nizamlioǧlu, Inci Togan

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The genetic diversity of Kangal dogs (n=23) was analysed using 100 canine microsatellites, and the results were compared to Central Anatolian feral dogs (n=51), Akbash dogs (n=6), and Turkish greyhounds (TG, n=3). The Kangal, Akbash, Turkish greyhound and feral dogs were found to be significantly different from each other by FST measure. Factorial Correspondence Analysis (FCA), which evaluated the span of genotypic variation between individual dogs, yielded 4 distinct groups of the animals. Group I was composed of 12 pure Kangal dogs (Kangal I) without the Kangal looking hybrids of Kangals and feral dogs. Group II contained the remaining 11 Kangal dogs (Kangal II), 1 Turkish greyhound, and all feral dogs except for one. Group III was comprised of the remaining 2 Turkish greyhounds, while Group IV consisted of all of the Akbash dogs. Kangal I, Akbash and Turkish greyhound groups were scattered in different parts of the three-dimensional FCA plot. We conclude that Kangal dogs are genetically distinct and hence they deserve to be identified as a breed. Furthermore, it has been observed that microsatellites can be employed in the conservation efforts of Kangals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-254
Number of pages6
JournalBulletin of the Veterinary Institute in Pulawy
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2005


  • Dogs
  • Genetic variability
  • Microsatellites
  • Population genetics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)


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