Akbash

Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
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.

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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.

Does your Akbash bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
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.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
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. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Akbash puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
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. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
Male: 120; Female: 90 lbs
Height
Male: 28-31; Female: 27-29 inches
Color(s)
Solid White

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Akbash Questions

What is the usual cost of an Akbash puppy?

Answer:
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 only coat allowed for the breed is solid white.

Do Akbashes have extra claws like the Great Pyrenees?

Answer:
Some lines of Akbash's have extra dew claws on their back paws, while some don't. It depends on the pedigree of the pup.

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

Answer:
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!

Answer:
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!!!

Is it normal for an Akbash to hold my hand in his mouth when we go out to the horses in the morning?

Answer:
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.

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