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Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
Akbash

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Weight
Male: 120; Female: 90 lbs
Height
Male: 28-31; Female: 27-29 inches
Color(s)
Solid White
Overview
A rare and elegant breed, the Akbash breed originated 3000 years ago in Western Turkey. Developed by shepherds as a livestock guardian, the Akbash was bred selectively for the white coloring so as to be discernable from predators. This breed was introduced into the United States during the 1970's and recognized by the UKC in 1998.
Character
The Akbash possesses a striking appearance and proud demeanor. They take their guardian position very seriously and have the strength, courage, and size to challenge and chase predators. The Akbash breed is ever watchful and protective of their territory, family, and livestock.
Temperament
Akbash's are not recommended for first time dog owners. They do best in a home with older considerate children or family members and pets they have been raised with. The Akbash will react aggressively toward intruding dogs, and remain suspicious and aloof thoward strangers. This breed is affectionate, loyal, independent, and gentle. Akbash's are ideal as home guardians, family pets, and workers.
Care
Frequent brushing is required to keep shedding to a minimum. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary using a mild shampoo to protect the weather resistant coat. Dry shampoo will suffice. Known health problems for the Akbash breed include hip dysplasia and OCD.
Coat
The Akbash has a double coat. The undercoat is dense and soft, the outercoat consists of longer, coarse hair. The Akbash's coat comes in two different lengths: Medium or long. The medium coat is flat and gives the Akbash a sleek appearance. The long coat is often wavy, never curly, with pronounced undercoat. There is profuse feathering on the thighs, forelegs, and tail; with the fur more distinct at the ruff. Either coat is non-matting and weather resistant. The Akbash emits very little odor and are above average shedders.
Training
If kept solely as a companion, the Akbash requires early intensive and constant socialization. This breed has an independent nature and will often hesitate briefly when given commands by their master. Akbash's are not well suited for advanced obedience training. The Akbash does do well with basic training, although the breed matures slowly. They respond best to firmness, fairness, and consistency.
Activity
The Akbash breed is not suited to apartment living. They do best in a securely fenced yard or a rural setting where they are able to roam. Akbash's thrive on having a job to do, as well as family companionship.
Ownership
Help reduce the number of Akbash puppies in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.
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Anonymous asked:

1/14/2013 2:24:51 PM

1/14/2013 2:24:51 PM

I have a confusing question where do people use a Akbash? And why?

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Anonymous

Here in Utah there are many sheep farmers that use the Akbash as guardians. I myself live in the city and my Akbash(Zeus) is a family dog. He is an amazing dog!
9/3/2013 10:35:54 PM

Anonymous

They are amazing flock guardians! Good with people too! My boys hang out with my preg. milk cows for the duration of their pregnancy. They are cautious to keep their distance after the calf/calves are born because the moms can be too protective (I watched one cow chase down a coyote because it came into her field!) The boys will chase off any predators that are even close to their territory! We used to have coyotes bold enough to come up on the front porch! My neighbors love them too, Not a single coyote has come anywhere near either of our properties since the boys reached maturity! And I'm not talking about 40-60 acres... I'm talking in the hundreds of acres!!! Great guardian, gentle spirit, loving hearts, beautiful to look at... and will chase a coyote for miles!!!
12/19/2014 12:11:27 PM

Anonymous asked:

12/3/2012 10:14:37 AM

12/3/2012 10:14:37 AM

Holds hand My akbash holds my hand in his mouth when we go out to the horses in the morning is this normal

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Anonymous

Its his way of being with you and protecting you. I have found the Akbash to be an amazing affectionate breed. Mine always lays on my feet or is somehow always touching me.
9/3/2013 10:37:19 PM

Anonymous asked:

11/1/2012 7:03:40 PM

11/1/2012 7:03:40 PM

Our Akbash swallowed a rock two days before Christmas last year requiring surgery and now 10... Our Akbash swallowed a rock two days before Christmas last year requiring surgery and now 10 months later he has swallowed a partial cow hoof. He almost had to have surgery the second time but the radiologist realized that whatever was in his intestine was moving. Has anyone had this type of problem with their Akbash?

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Anonymous

Follow your vet's advice and watch your dog. You know your dog best and so you will know if something is wrong. Look for odd behavior and if anything is wrong, take him to the vet a.s.a.p. Since this has happened twice now, you must supervise your dog at all times when he has something large with him that he could swallow.
7/9/2014 12:09:03 PM

Anonymous asked:

10/26/2012 7:05:48 AM

10/26/2012 7:05:48 AM

When were Akbash discovered?

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Anonymous

The breed was not discovered. The Akbash Dog is native to western Turkey in the region known as the Akbaş, it is thought to be one of the first livestock guardian breeds as they were being used and bred over 3000 years ago.
7/9/2014 12:12:09 PM

Anonymous asked:

9/11/2012 11:08:06 PM

9/11/2012 11:08:06 PM

What protein and fat content should an akbash puppy be receiving?

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Anonymous

Talking to your vet or a dog nutritionist is the best thing for what you are looking for. But to make sure your puppy is getting the best food, feeding him/her a grain-free, high quality puppy food is key. Such bands as Acana, Orijen, Taste of the Wild, Merrick, Now and Go! are all good foods to look into.
7/9/2014 12:14:47 PM

Anonymous asked:

6/6/2012 6:07:36 PM

6/6/2012 6:07:36 PM

Does this Akbash breed have 3 moles of a small size on each side of the nose? Do they have... Does this Akbash breed have 3 moles of a small size on each side of the nose? Do they have webbed feet like a water dog?

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Anonymous

No, the Akbash breed is not known for moles to be common. If your puppy/dog has moles, bringing your dog to the vet is the best thing to do to make sure that they are not cancerous. No, the Akbash dog does not have webbed feet. They are not a water dog, they are a livestock protection dog.
7/9/2014 12:17:01 PM

Anonymous asked:

5/6/2012 3:52:43 PM

5/6/2012 3:52:43 PM

We adopted an Akbash dog almost a year ago, who was at least a year old. In our backyard we have... We adopted an Akbash dog almost a year ago, who was at least a year old. In our backyard we have a 4 foot split rail fence. Our dog likes to chase squirrels and rabbits in the yard and has realized that he can now jump the fence into the neighbor's yard and even jump their gate at get into the neighborhood. We cannot change the fence because of the HOA regulations. So I have to take him out on a leash to go to the bathroom. If we purchase an electronic dog fence, will this keep him secure in the yard, or will be realize the minor shock and then continue to chase the wildlife in the neighborhood? Can anyone recommend a solution. This is very frustrating.

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Anonymous

I have 2 dogs. 1 stays in the yard the other likes to get loose. We didn't want to have to hold her on a leash. What we did is tied a rope around a tree and tied her to it so she could still run a little free. Once we moved we tried something different. Since we had the woods were right behind our house.(Both dogs ran out this time) My family and I went to the animal store and bought a hook,dug into the ground. The hook had a red little rope and had a clip on both sides. Next we tied the dogs up to it. IT WORKS! ps I hope I could help!
11/1/2012 9:19:47 AM

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5/3/2012 4:09:44 PM

5/3/2012 4:09:44 PM

My husband and I have a 19 week old Akbash. HE is absolutely the best dog we have ever had. When... My husband and I have a 19 week old Akbash. HE is absolutely the best dog we have ever had. When we first got him, he was very standoffish, now hes the best, hes so affectionate and loving, hes actually growing into his body.My Question is, i brought him home in a car and he did NOT get sick. Ever since then he has gotten sick during every trip we have made, whether is it 5 minutes down the road or 2 hours down the road. Do all akbash breeds get car sick? or how can i prevent this? We have tried "Dramamine" "Benadryl" and have thought about giving him a Phenergan. But i do feel bad taking him on trips, however we travel alot and love taking him with us. Any suggestions?

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Anonymous

How old is he ? We have one and she has never gotten car sick. If he is young, he might out grow that problem. Our Jack Russell did out grow that problem. We just love her, great dog, they are gentle giants.
10/13/2012 5:45:32 PM

Anonymous

Mine has been on 2 24hr trips and 2 12hr trips without any issues. He may just grow out of it.
9/3/2013 10:39:16 PM

Anonymous

My Akbash ALWAYS gets car sick. I haven't had her in a car since obedience school and socialization as she is busy protecting the farm but she hated the car!
1/2/2015 3:49:35 PM

Anonymous asked:

3/16/2012 9:24:41 AM

3/16/2012 9:24:41 AM

Do Akbash bite or..............

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Anonymous

Depends on their temperment... the Akbash probably wont if you treat it nicely
3/28/2012 4:50:26 PM

Anonymous

I have a 13 month old Akbash who has been around our 5 kids and 1 grand baby he would never hurt any of them.... but he bit my brother when he grabbed me by the arm ( we were playing ) he did not hurt him or leave a mark but he let him know not to do that again.
9/2/2012 9:44:13 PM

Anonymous

Your Akbash was protecting you, he couldn't distinguish between you and your brother playing and serious aggression. You have a very good bodyguard in that dog.
1/14/2015 5:33:04 AM

Anonymous asked:

7/20/2011 6:22:07 PM

7/20/2011 6:22:07 PM

Hi! I am considering adopting a 1.5 year old akbash/anatolian shepherd. He's from Rhode Island,... Hi! I am considering adopting a 1.5 year old akbash/anatolian shepherd. He's from Rhode Island, I'm from New York. Will the drive be too overwhelming? He was saved from a high kill shelter. He was lucky enough to be taken into a shelter. Are they human, dog, and cat friendly? Will he be ok with my pet alpaca? Do they meet a stranger? Will I fall in love with him? He's not housebroken, is he too old to learn? He's an outside dog, can he become an inside dog? I want an extra large dog. Are they around 90 pounds? Will he be easy to housetrain? Thanks!

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Anonymous

I only have an anwser the housebroken part. I have an 8 year old dog and she learned when she was 3. All dog are different.
11/1/2012 9:24:47 AM

jemi7899 asked:

6/4/2011 11:57:55 PM

6/4/2011 11:57:55 PM

are akabash dogs aggressive or nice???

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Anonymous

Akbash dogs were bred to guard sheep in Turkey. They are known to be protective of their flock of sheep, and bond well with the animals they grew up with. Akbash dogs tend to have a strong motherly instinct, which normally allow them to bond strongly with family and infants. However, they are protectors, and will bark or raise their hackles at unfamiliar creatures (Including people) who enter their "territory". As trained and socialized companions they are intelligent, loyal, affectionate, and generally non-destructive in the house. As I said earlier, Akbash dogs tend to be gentle and fond towards infants and young children, but tend to be suspicious of non-introduced strangers.
6/26/2011 12:25:51 AM

Anonymous

I have a 1 year old Akbash/ Pyrenees mix. He is a full male and he is soo nice. Great family dog and great with my little terrier. He is not to bad at shedding and is OK with heat. Winter is not a problem with my dog he likes it. Barks at night if left outside but thats the nature of the beast on guard I am very happy with this dog and would recommend this breed to anyone that lives in the country.
7/2/2011 2:39:56 PM

Anonymous asked:

4/2/2011 2:59:04 PM

4/2/2011 2:59:04 PM

Do Akbash dogs like to swim?

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Anonymous

Although they were bred for protecting sheep in often snowy regions (Hence the white coat), the akbash breed is very active, and in turn can possibly make for a good swimmer. ~KG
6/26/2011 12:28:59 AM

Anonymous

My Akbash, Zeus, loves swimming in water. I was amazed
9/3/2013 10:39:51 PM

Anonymous asked:

1/29/2011 6:59:18 PM

1/29/2011 6:59:18 PM

Do akbash relate to swimming?

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Anonymous

Although akbash were bred for protecting sheep in often snowy regions (Hence the white coat), this breed is very active, and in turn can possibly make for a good swimmer. ~KG
6/26/2011 12:28:51 AM

Anonymous asked:

1/20/2011 9:25:28 PM

1/20/2011 9:25:28 PM

My lab/rott recently met the neighbors akbash, and appears to be in a family way. Is this a... My lab/rott recently met the neighbors akbash, and appears to be in a family way. Is this a recognized mix? What might the assets to such a mix be for prospective puppy homes? Any input is appreciated! (yes I will have the momma fixed, was never a problem in our previous, remote locaton)

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Anonymous

I sort of doubt that they a AKC recognized because a Akbash is not recognized, but I am sure there is a way to find out. Research.
1/27/2011 2:29:42 PM

Anonymous

Hello, Yes there is a distant relation between the Labrador and the Akbash. I have researched for you and discovered that the Akbash is the base breed between themselves and the Labrador's.
6/1/2011 11:50:03 AM

Anonymous asked:

12/12/2010 4:06:05 PM

12/12/2010 4:06:05 PM

How long do Akbashes live?????

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Anonymous

Akbashes live 10-11 years.
1/8/2011 11:39:00 AM

Anonymous asked:

10/16/2010 11:04:37 PM

10/16/2010 11:04:37 PM

how long do Akbashs live

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ej1165 asked:

10/6/2010 8:54:49 PM

10/6/2010 8:54:49 PM

What is the population of the Akbash dog in the world?

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Anonymous

1200
10/16/2010 11:04:51 PM

Anonymous

1200 is a funny answer. First of all Akbash live in villages and farms in Turkey for livestock. Also there are other people in other countries who have Akbaş so its definitely not 1200, absolutely more than 1200.
11/2/2010 11:38:34 AM

Anonymous

Sorry, but there are in fact very few Akbash dogs in Turkey anymore. You'd be hard-pressed to find them there, even though they originated there. The Turkish national dog, the Kangal, is common, but not the Akbash.
9/23/2011 5:54:38 PM

Anonymous

I bought my Akbash from a Amish family in UP State NY... US
9/2/2012 9:50:13 PM

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