Thinking about purchasing an Akbash Dog? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Akbash Dog breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis.
Fundamental requirements for a being a good Akbash Dog owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Akbash Dog and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Akbash Dog Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Akbash Dog and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Akbash Dogs Breed Profile
The Akbash Dog is one of the oldest of the flock-guarding group. The breed is the counterpart of the French Great Pyrenees, the Hungarian Kuvasz, the Italian Maremma and other white sheep guarding breeds. The Akbash Dog still carries the same mental and physical traits that characterized it thousands of year ago. Akbash Dogs are large, lean, muscular and powerful with an elegant, racy appearance. Akbash Dogs characteristics are a combination of the Mastiff and Gazehound. They are powerful dogs with medium to long white fur, bred specifically to distinguish them from wolves. They have been bred as a guardian dog whose primary function is to protect sheep from predators. Akbash dogs are calm, quiet and brave. They deserve require respect in training and raising them. They will protect you and be affectionate to their family as well. But to strangers, this dog is a good guardian and watchdog. If not socialized properly when puppies, they will be aggressive towards all intruders. The Akbash requires a firm and dog-experienced owner seeking a loyal guardian and friend.
Other Names: Akbas, Akbaş Çoban Köpeği
Type: Guardian Dogs
Height: 28 - 34
Colors: Coat color
is white all over. It is light biscuit on the ears or on the ridge line. Coloration
in the undercoat is acceptable.
Dogs are calm, quiet, independent, protective, brave, and affectionate. They
will be aggressive toward strangers and strange animals if they aren't properly
socialized and trained. Akbash Dogs are steady and peaceful, but watchful at
the same time. With owners they are friendly. They are extremely loyal dogs.
They are also very intelligent, independent, and make an excellent pet and guardian.
They are naturally very protective and are bred to think for themselves. Therefore,
they may disobey if they think their choice is better.
Watch-dog: High. This breed
is very alert.
Akbash Dog Care and Exercise:
The Akbash Dog has a non-odorous, non-matting coat so minimal grooming is required.
They do shed more than the average dog and could use regular brushing. They
need regular exercise such as a run off-lead even though their actively level
Activity: Low - Medium.
Akbash Dog Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, OCD, cardiomyopathy, hip dysplasia, entropion, hypothyroidism, seizures, and umbilical hernias.
Life Span: 10 - 11 years.
Country of Origin:
Group: Flock Guard
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