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.
- 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
Facts About Akbash
|Breed Group||Working/ Flock Guard|
|Country of Origin||Turkey|
|Other Names||Akbash, Akbas Çoban Kopegi, Coban Kopegi|
|Size||Large to giant|
|Height||Female: 27-32 inches
Male: 28-35 inches
|Weight||Female: 75-105 pounds
Male: 90-140 pounds
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||NKC, UKC, CKC, ADI, APRI, ACR, DRA,TKC|
|Litter Size||6-9 puppies|
|Life Expectancy||10-12 years|
|Coat||Dense, short to medium, rough & double|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.