Akbash Dog Breed Information

Akbash Quick Facts
Breed Group: Not Akc Recognized
Origen: Turkey
Nickname: White Livestock
Weight: 90-120 lbs
Height: 27-31 inches
Color(s): Solid White

Akbash Appearance

The Akbash is a large dog with independent nature and keen expression. It possesses characteristics of both mastiffs and sight hounds. They are massive and powerful creatures with a huge head, very strong jaws and a set of well-developed teeth. The Akbash is muscularly built, with brown eyes that are almond in shape, set well apart and distinctly oblique. The v-shaped ears are set high and carried pendant. The tail is long, reaching to the hocks.

The Akbash had a solid white, weather resistant, double, short to medium length coats that are coarse and non-matting, with very little doggy odor. The weight of the Akbash is around 90-120 pounds and the height is around 27-31 inches.

Akbash Temperament

The Akbash are known for their intelligence, bravery, independence and loyalty. They are completely dedicated and devoted to their owner and any livestock in its charge. He is Independent with strong protective instincts. The Akbash can be used as a companion dog, if trained appropriately. They are naturally aggressive towards larger animals and other dogs. The Akbash does well under human authority when that authority is clear and decisive, but when the Akbash's masters show signs of inconsistency or weakness, the Akbash is quick to challenge for pack supremacy.

Is Akbash the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Akbash are not recommended for apartment life, regardless of the amount of exercise provided. They are relatively inactive indoors and do best with a large fence yard. They are best suited to live in a semi-rural or rural settings with plenty space to run around. This is a serious working breed and is best placed where it can have a job to do. The Akbash Dog does well with children, usually thinking of them naturally as members of the flock to be protected. They are a natural guardian that even at a very young age will bond strongly with the livestock it is protecting. Once bonded, these dogs will not hesitate to risk their own lives to protect their charges.

Akbash Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Akbash is around 10-11 years.

Akbash Health problems

The Akbash is a relatively healthy breed in comparison to many other large-sized dog breeds. They can be prone to hip dysplasia (abnormal development of hip joints) and OCD (osteochondritis dissecans) They are also prone to Epilepsy and, due to the dog's preference for a fairly sedentary lifestyle and the human tendency to feed large amounts of food to large breed dogs, they can often easily grow obese.

Akbash Care and Grooming

The Akbash's does not require a great deal of grooming. Their coats stay clean and do not mat easily. Brush his coat every one to two days to assist the shedding process. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary.

Akbash Shedding

The Akbash are above average shedders, and therefore is not well suited for those with allergies.