AKBASH

History

Little known for its origin, Akbash dog is an ancient breed, bred in Turkey as a guard livestock. It borrows the characteristics of ancestry mastiff and sighthound which is also evident in its design. Two American researchers, David Nelson and Judith in the late 1970s took interest in Akbash and brought many of them to the USA.

Interesting Facts

  • Akbash can risk their own lives to protect their family
  • They are clean and calm
  • They are the National dog of Turkey
  • Puppy Akbash becomes mobile within six weeks after birth
  • Very intelligent but not suitable for inexperienced owners

Temperament and Personality

As a flock-guard dog, the Akbash puppies are highly protective and selective. They are very loyal and responsible when it comes to protecting the children in their family and would even keep the house under surveillance. Initial barking or howling at strangers is their feature, but they are not aggressive. Being courageous and independent, they can work without any human guidance. Not being tolerant of other breeds, they should be kept separated and left in their own space to play.

Akbash Characteristics

Adaptability To Apartment Living
Good for 1st Time Owners
Sensitivity
Tolerance Levels
Affection towards Family
Kid Friendliness
Stranger Friendliness
Ease of Grooming
General Health
Trainability
Prey Drive
Exercise Needs
Energy Level

Care

Exercise

The working dog has a low rate of metabolism with little energy and they require proper exercise hours otherwise they can turn destructive regarding barking, pacing, digging, chewing, etc. They should be taken for long walks or jogging and left in an area to play around.

Grooming

The dog requires nominal grooming as they have a harsh coat which needs brushing to limit the shedding process. Bathing is rarely needed, but trimming of nails and brushing of teeth should be regular.

Health Problems

The Akbash are more prone to hip dysplasia. However, they can have other problems like lymphoma, osteosarcoma, epilepsy, gastric torsion, severe ligament injury, cardiomyopathy, kidney failure, umbilical hernias and other cancerous diseases. They should be kept away from sun and heat even.

Training

It is necessary to train the breed consistently and reward them when needed because being harsh can make them irritated. Teaching who is the leader is useful because their authoritative instinct is high and they need to be trained to socialize.

Feeding

The Akbash is a meat-eating breed but can survive on vegetables rich in nutrition and fiber. Dry foods should be given with ideal canned food and meal should be provided only twice a day.

Akbash Facts

Breed Type:

Characteristics:

Other Names:

Akbash, Akbas Çoban Kopegi, Coban Kopegi

Height & Weight:

Female: 27-32 inches Male: 28-35 inches & Female:  75-105 pounds Male: 90-140 pounds

Color:

White

Competitive Registration / Qualification Information:

NKC, UKC, CKC, ADI, APRI, ACR, DRA,TKC

Shedding:

Moderate Shedding

Hypoallergenic:

No

Average Litter Size:

6-9 puppies

Lifespan:

NULL

Coat:

Dense, short to medium, rough & double

Price:

$500-$700 USD

Adaptability To Apartment Living
Good for 1st Time Owners
Sensitivity
Tolerance Levels
Affection towards Family
Kid Friendliness
Stranger Friendliness
Ease of Grooming
General Health
Trainability
Prey Drive
Exercise Needs
Energy Level
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