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Akbash: Temperament, Exercise, Health
Group: Flock Guard Dogs
Also known as: Coban Kopegi, Akbas
Country of Origin, History of the breed
The Akbash Dogs are believed to have their origins in the Western Turkey region. Being developed in Turkey these dog breeds spread elsewhere with the exploits of the Ottoman and other earlier empires.
Some believe the Akbash to be an ancient pure breed while others believe that shepherds developed it some 3000 or more years ago by selectively breeding for white-colored
guarding sheepdogs. It can be that this dog breed is a relative of some other great white guarders of herds like the Kuvasz, the Tatra
Mountain Sheepdog and the Komondor.
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A General Description of
The dog derives its name from the
Abkash region of western Turkey, which is its native
place. The word Abkash is derived from the Turkish
word for ‘white head’ and indicates
the white heads of the dogs belonging to this breed.
The dogs are white bodied too.
Over the years these dogs have
mainly been used for guarding livestock. These are
white headed and white-bodied strong dogs that have
a keen sense of hearing. Akbash dogs have coarse
and non-matting weather-resistant white colored
short to medium length double coats. One will not
find too much of doggy odor with them.
The dogs have massive heads and
powerful jaws. They have long legs and feathered
curved tails that reach to the hocks. They bear
characteristics of both mastiffs and sight hounds.
Akbash dogs have v- shaped ears
set high. Their eye color varies between different
shades of brown- light golden brown to very dark
brown. They have a strong and muscular neck of medium
length that arches at the crest. The dog’s
toes are strong and well arched. The pads are thick
and hard, elastic and dark in color and the nails
are gray, brown or white and blunt.
Heights of adult dogs range from
28 to 34 inches.
Weights of adult females average
at 90 pounds while those of males average at 130
Temperament of the Breed
Abakash Dogs are intelligent, courageous
and loyal animals. They have a primitive guarding
dog breed temperament. Hence it is important that
the owner of Akbash dogs has some prior understanding
of canine behavior. While on the one hand they show
a ‘submissive disposition’ towards livestock
on the other hand they also display ‘dominance
aggression’ against predators of livestock.
A constant socialization on the
part of their owner(s) is what these dogs ask for.
It is advisable for first time dog owners or owners
of pets who may not have too much time to devote
for their dogs to avoid choosing an Akbash as a
pet. By becoming the owner of an Akbash one needs
to give it a lot of attention.
It must be remembered that Akbash
Dogs are serious working breeds. Hence they would
always love to be at places where they get some
engaged in some work.
Better suited to outdoor
or indoor lifestyle?
It may be noted that the Akbash
dogs are not recommended as pets to be kept in apartments
even though they may get lot of exercise daily.
These dogs stay pretty inactive indoors and it is
best to set for them a quarter acre plot for them
together with a 5 inches tall fence in some semi-rural
or rural setting. These are quiet dogs and stay
clean at home.
Are they suited to homes
They are well suited for taking
care of children over 8 years of age wherein the
children can participate in submission exercises
holding the dog as an adult. The Akbash has strong
maternal instincts and it takes good care of the
young of humans and other species of animals that
are placed under its supervision. It has also got
an independent nature and ability to swiftly respond
in case of some emergency. Both the males and the
females of the breed are equally good at guarding
Owners of Abkash dogs need be careful
to ensure that someone known to the dogs always
accompanies visitors to their homes. The dogs perceive
unsupervised new people coming in as suspicious.
How active is the breed?
Akbash dogs are very athletic types
and a long walk is essential for them everyday.
However, their overall activity level is low though
it requires a lot of space to run around.
As mentioned above the hard coat
of the Akbash is pretty clean, non-matting and does
not emit any doggy smell. However, it does require
brushing so as to facilitate the shedding process.
These dogs rank as above average
Being a large and rapidly growing
breed of dogs there have been some cases of hip
dysplasia and OCD (osteochondritis dissecans) reported
with these dogs. However, these are few compared
to many other large breeds.
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