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Dog Breeds - Everything You Need To Know About The Akbash

Jul 14, 2008
Breed group: Flock guard

Weight: 90-130 pounds

Height: 28-32 inches

Overview

The Akbash is a fairly rare dog breed, and they are originally from the western part of Turkey. Shepherds from this area established this breed about 3000 years ago. The Akbash were specifically bred to be white so that they can stand out between the predators. The name of the Akbash dog has been derived from the word "akbas" which is Turkish for "white head".

Temperament

The Akbash is a dog that loves to work, and will thrive in a location where there is work that they can do. This dog will try to take control, and will work best in families with older children so that they can teach the dog to be submissive. The Akbash will protect its families by patrolling and barking - so you might expect them to bark at night. Akbash dogs are very clever dogs that are also brave and loyal toward their families. This breed is very committed and loyal to toward their owners. They are also very independent, and they also have strong defensive instincts. As soon as these dogs have bonded with their families, they will not show any hesitation to protect them.

Care

In order to keep the shedding of these dogs to a minimum, they should be brushed on a frequent basis. The Akbash dog should only be bathed when it is really necessary. When bathing them, be sure to use a shampoo that is mild and that will protect their weather resistant coats. If you dry shampoo the dog, it will also be adequate.

Training

It is important to socialise these dogs from an early age onwards, especially if they are going to be a companion dog. Because these dogs have a very independent nature, they will sometimes object to commands given by their owner. This breed will not do very well in advanced obedience training, but will do so in basic training. The Akbash dog is a slow maturing dog, and they will do best in a training environment which is fair and consistent.

Health problems

Health problems that are known for the Akbash are hip dysphasia and OCD. These problems are usually evident in the larger dog breeds, but not so much in the Akbash as some of the other breeds. It is advised that you only but the Akbash from OFA hip certified stock in order to prevent many of these problems.

All round this dog is a great breed and choice for many.
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