Newsletter Signup
Choosing & Caring for a Dog
Kids & Dogs
Great Dogs
Contact Us
Your Breed "Enjoy the great DigitalDog QuickTip courtesy of DigitalDog and"

Akbash Dog
Protective, maternal, intelligent, easily bored all describe the Akbash dog.  Bred as livestock guardians for centuries, those same traits are appreciated as a companion today.  As with any large, independently minded dog, however, care must be taken in proper handling.
By Breed Name
By Breed Name
General Information
Group(s): WorkingGuardian Height: 27 - 31 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 75-130 pounds Longevity: low teens
Colors: white... only white Coat type: double coated as medium (2-3 inches) or long 96-8 inches)
Recognized Registries: UKC, ADI
Overall Appearance: Powerful, but relatively low key, the Akbash dog is notable for its working ability, size and intelligence.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: low to moderate
General Nature: good and rather maternal
  with Children: very good especially if familiar with them
  with other pets: generally good if raised with them
  with dogs: good if raised with them
Socialization requirements: relatively high as they will see those that are not familiar as suspicious at best
Ideal home characteristics: one that is highly experienced preferably with Guardian Dogs, the Akbash dog has the potential of being a great companion or a serious liability
Temperament Notes: power, protective combined with independent attitude must be tempered for the environment it lives in
Training requirement: moderate during youth as the dog learns to assess situations
Trainer notes: The Akbash Dog was developed for work that requires action first and questions later.  This perspective, while very effective can be compromising in a more urban environment where such responses are potentially dangerous for others and the dog (since incidents can lead to a dog being declared vicious).  A wonderful dog in the right hands, training must be appropriately fair and firm this is best accomplished with an experienced owner and trainer.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: ancient
Country of Origin: Turkey
Original Function: Livestock Guardian
History: Too old to have anything specific but appear to have sighthound and Mastiff ancestry sharing genealogy with the Kuvasz and other guardian breeds.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: canine hip dysplasia, prone to bloat, seizuring, hypothyroidism, umbilical hernias, cardiomyeopathy, cancer and kidney failure
Health Testing: OFA or Penn Hip, OFA cardiac, Thyroid panel;
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!


  • How long have you had Akbash Dogs?
  • Why did you breed this particular pair?
  • What health clearances do you get on your breeding stock?
  • What health problems are in the breed?
  • What accomplishments or titles do you look for in your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • Do you have any training or socializing advice to offer?
Web Sites: - Akbash Dogs International Rescue

Other Resources
Breed standard: - Standard by The Akbash Dog International Organization - UKC Breed Standard of the Akbash Dog

Breeder Ethics:
Customize Site
Enter Dog's Name:


About Us | Contact Us | Advertising Opportunities | Privacy Policy

© 2004
All rights reserved