Akbash At a Glance

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The Akbash is a large dog that can weigh from 75 to 140 lbs. A full-grown can grow as high as 27 to 34 inches.


This dog breed has a double coat consisting of longer, coarse, outer guard hairs and dense undercoat made up of soft, fine hair.



Life Span:

10 – 11 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level – 50
Barking Tendencies – 100
Cat Friendly – 60
Cold Weather Tolerance – 100
Exercise Needs – 90
General Health – 80
Grooming Needs – 50
Hot Weather Tolerance – 60
Intelligence – 90
Kid Friendly – 40
Playfulness – 60
Shedding Level – 70
Social Needs – 60
Watchdog Ability – 100

Did You Know?

This dog breed is known to suffer from OCD.

Akbash Dog Overview

A beautiful, stylish and relatively rare dog breed. The Akbash dates back more than 3000 years. They originated in western Turkey and were developed to accompany shepherds as livestock guardians. They were bred selectively for their white coloring which makes them distinguishable from predators. The breed was first introduced into the United States during the 1970’s. The Akbash breed was recognized by the UKC in 1998.

 Akbash Dog Characteristics

The breed is striking in appearance and has a proud and graceful demeanor. The breed has the power, courage and size to challenge and chase predators. Their guardian qualities are instinctive and they will avidly protect their family and territory. This dog breed is an alert, affectionate and loyal dog.

Akbash Dog Temperament

This dog can make a wonderful pet and does well with older children and other pets, provided that they are socialized at an early age. They are  an affectionate, loyal and gentle dog breed. They are excellent guardians, and watchdogs and a delightful addition to most households. They tend to respond antagonistically toward intruding canines and strangers, and will remain suspicious and aloof for a while. This breed is not ideally suitable for first-time dog owners. novice handlers or young children.

Akbash Dog Care

To keep shedding to a minimum, these dogs require frequent brushing. Bathing is rarely required as the breed very seldom emits odor. They should only be bathed when absolutely essential. A gentle shampoo  should be used to preserve the weather-resistant coat. Dry shampoo will  normally suffice. The breed is known to suffer from hip dysplasia and OCD.

Akbash Dog Coat

This dog breed has a double coat consisting of longer, coarse, outer guard hairs and dense undercoat made up of soft, fine hair. Thickness of the undercoat varies significantly with the climate and exposure of the dog to weather. They normally shed their undercoat annually. There are two coat lengths:

  • Medium Coat. The body hair is short to medium in length and lies flat giving a sleek, racy appearance to the dog. There is a slight ruff. There may be a slight feathering on the forelegs, thighs, and tail.
  • Long Coat. The body coatis distinctly longer than on the medium-coated dog. The hair is often slightly wavy, but is never curled or matted. There is a distinct ruff and profuse feathering on the forelegs, thighs, and tail.

In both types, the hair on the muzzle, ears, and paws is shorter than the body coat. Both types of coats are non-matting and climate resistant. This dog is an above average shedder.

Akbash Dog Training

This breed has been bred for centuries to evaluate a situation and make decisions concerning their flock’s safety. It is their nature to take charge of their environment and they have the ability to think independently. For this reason this breed is bet suited to an experienced dog handler. If kept solely as a companion, he or she requires early, intensive and regular socialization. This breed has an impartial character and will often hesitate momentarily when given commands by their handler. This breed matures slowly and responds best to firmness, fairness and consistency.

Akbash Dog Activity

Given the size of the breed, they are not well-suited to apartment living. A securely fenced yard or a rural setting where they’re able to roam. is ideal. Bred as a working dog, the Akbash thrives on having a job to do, but they also make excellent companions.

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