Aksaray Malaklisi dog

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Aksaray Malaklısı

The Aksaray Malaklısı, also known as the Turkish mastiff or Central Anatolian shepherd, is a large Turkish breed of Molosser-type guard dog. The breed originated from the central Anatolian city of Aksaray, Turkey. Aksaray Malaklısı is the largest of the Anatolian Shepherd dog breeds, superior to the Kangal Shepherd Dog in size. Their name originates from a Turkish word used in Aksaray, "malak" meaning lip, and "malaklı" meaning "with lips" due to the breed's black, dropped, notable lips.[1]


Aksaray Malaklısı

Aksaray Malaklısı looks similar to the English Mastiff and Kangal Dog, despite some major appearance differences. The Kangal has thinner legs and body and the Aksaray has dropped lips. It has longer legs than an English Mastiff and an athletic body shape.[2]

Working dog[edit]

Aksaray Malaklısı is an instinctive guard dog. Malaklı dogs are also used as livestock guardian dogs. They are not recognized by any international or national kennel club.


There is no evidence about the origin of Malaklı dogs. It was once thought to be a mix of the English Mastiff and Kangal, or the English Mastiff and Anatolian Shepherd; but the American Mastiff is the result of the latter cross-breeding and presents a different appearance. Another possibility is that most shepherd dogs in the Caucasian-Anatolian area evolved from the same Mastiff-like dog that is the ancestor of the Caucasian Shepherd Dog, Alabai, Kangal, Akbash, Anatolian Shepherd and English Mastiff.

Malaklı puppy

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Aksaray Malaklısı". Aksaraymalakli.com. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  2. ^ "Anadolu'nun en iri köpeği: Aksaray Malaklısı | Galeri". En Son Haber. Retrieved 2013-05-30.

Further reading[edit]

  • Hancock, David (August 31, 2014). Dogs of the Shepherds: A Review of the Pastoral Breeds. ISBN 9781847978097.
  • Kojima, Toyoharu (August 28, 2005). Legacy of the Dog: The Ultimate Illustrated Guide (Revised and Updated, 2nd ed.). Chronicle Books LLC. ISBN 9780811851138.