Description: They were bred to protect livestock in far-flung pastures, thus they are independent thinkers. Akbashes have a strong protective instinct, loyalty to owner, intelligence, good health, and are beautiful.
Because of their intelligence and hardiness, these dogs may try to dominate. Be very observant. Disciplined training is a must, so that your Akbash will respect you.
This breed isn.t recommended for the novice or beginning owner.
Height: 28 - 34 inches
Weight: 90 - 140 lbs.
Colors: Coat color is all over white. Light biscuit on the ears or on the ridge line, or coloration in the undercoat is acceptable.
Coat: White coat, lies flat on the body, longer on the chest and neck, almost forming a mane and it should be long on the tail and buttocks. Weather resistant, non-matting, little doggy odor.
Temperament: Calm, quiet, independent, protective, brave, affectionate.
With Children: Yes, will accept young children.
With Pets: Yes, will accept other pets.
Guard-dog: Yes, has a strong tendency to be protective to his family.
Care and Exercise: The Akbash Dog has a non-odor, non-matting coat so minimal grooming is required. They do shed more than average and could use regular brushing. He needs regular exercise such as a run off-lead even though his actively level is low.
Training: It should be noted that even though training is relatively easy, bad habits should be correction when young. Socialization should begin early with the owner establishing himself as alpha or dominant in the relationship. Owners of the Akbash Dog must teach him to respond appropriately in various situations.
Learning Rate: High
Living Environment: Easily housebroken, he learns quickly and often adapts well to the home environment.
Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, OCD.
Life Span: 10 - 11 Years
Country of Origin: Turkey
History: The Akbash Dog was selectively breed for a white-colored guardian breed who is native to the plains and mountains of western Turkey. While the origins of the breed are not known, he is thought to be linked to the Hungarian and Italian relatives. There is speculation that the Romans brought the Akbash Dog from Asia Minor to Italy. What is known is that he has existed for centuries. Recognition of the Akbash Dog in the US is credited to Americans David and Judy Nelson who studied the dogs in Turkey beginning in the 1970s. The Nelsons have imported over 40 Akbash Dogs to the United States. These dogs became the foundation stock for the breed in the United States and Canada.