AKBASH Dog Breed
Description: The Akbash is a solid white dog that is blessed with strength and great hearing. This breed has a large head and powerful jaws. The ears are V-shaped and are set high with slightly rounded tips.
These are flat to the dog’s skull and are pendent shaped. These dogs come from Western Turkey where the ears are commonly docked. They have almond-shaped eyes that are set wide apart. The eye color is shades of brown from light gold to very dark brown.
The dog weight is 90-130 pounds with the female being about 90 pounds. The height is 28-32 inches. This dog has a muscular neck. The paws have thick padding and are hard and normally dark in color. The tail is long and reaches the hocks on the dog. This breed is known for its springy gait. This dog is white and has a hard coat that does not smell. The coat is double and can be long or short-haired. The coat is weather resistant. This dog’s life expectancy is 10-11 years.
History: The Akbash is a rare breed and is also called Coban Kopegi and Akbas. This dog has some 3000 years of history, as a working dog for shepherds who bred this dog white to blend into the flock and be different from the predators. It is thought to be related to other great white dogs such as the Pyrenean Mountain Dog and the Komondor. In Turkey, the name “akbas” means “white head”. It is thought that the breed originated in Turkey and spread from there. The Akbash is a unique mix of sighthound and molosser.
Temperament: The Akbash is intelligent and will think twice if they do not wish to follow a command. You have to be a good strong leader, who can be gentle but firm, from the beginning for this dog to follow commands. They tend to go into two categories one is dominating and the other a more submissive. With both, you have to be the leader but the submissive type will need more gentle training. Both require firm rules and to have an owner that is experienced in dog training and daily care. Consistency is the key, as well as a lot of mental and physical exercise. A big garden with good high fencing is a must. This dog is protective of the home and family and some thought has to go into how family and friends can get to your door without meeting the Akbash without the owner. This is and has always been a guard dog. Socializing them from as young as possible needs to be done as they are a naturally aggressive dog.
They can be frustrated at city life and need to not to have the barriers that city life brings, like roads blocked off or gardens and cars. It is instinctively a dog for open territory and even simply being surrounded by buildings can make the dog aggressive. This is a working dog and needs to work, to bring out the best of this breed. This breed needs to be supervised as it is a free thinker and will act as it sees fit without the owner present if the owner is there the dog will seek guidance from them. With the owner, they are happy friendly dogs, completely devoted to their family. They have strong maternal instincts and this makes them good with children, from their human families. Providing that the owner has good pack leader techniques and is consistent this is a good dog if you have space to house and exercise them.
Health issues: They can have hip dysplasia and OCD, which is a disease of the cartilage and bones of large fast-growing dogs. This is not common but you do need to have the test done to make sure your dog is free of these.
Grooming: The Akbash has a coat that doesn’t matt and is non-smelly. You will still have to brush this dog regularly, and they are an above-average shedder.
Living conditions: This is not a dog for an apartment. This dog will require a large garden.
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