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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.
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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:

http://www.digitaldog.com/breeder_questions.html  - 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:

http://www.whitelands.com/akbash/sub.cfm?source=Rescue - Akbash Dogs International Rescue

Other Resources
Breed standard:

http://www.whitelands.com/akbash/sub.cfm?source=breed - Standard by The Akbash Dog International Organization

http://www.ukcdogs.com/breeds/guardiandogs/akbashdog.std.shtml - UKC Breed Standard of the Akbash Dog

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