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The Akbash is large, strong and fast, as befits a dog whose job it is to guard valuable flocks of sheep. When he’s not taking on wolves, he is a calm, quiet and steady dog with an independent frame of mind and the ability to think for himself in different circumstances. He is accustomed to working with people as a partner, not as a subordinate.
In the United States, there are fewer jobs guarding flocks for the Akbash, so he has moved on to become a family companion and property protector. With his family he is gentle and affectionate, but intruders, including other dogs, will be sorry to meet up with him.
While his protective nature is attractive, the Akbash is not the best choice for a novice dog owner. He needs someone who can guide him with kind, firm, consistent training, never force or cruelty.
Like most dogs of this type, the Akbash matures slowly. Give him plenty of time to grow up. He won’t reach his full size or achieve his full mental abilities until he is two to three years old.
Chaining an Akbash out in the yard and giving him little or no attention is not only cruel, it can also lead to aggression and destructive behavior. The Akbash can live outdoors, but he should spend plenty of time indoors with his family.
Other Quick Facts
- To be able to effectively fight off wolves, the Akbash must be large but not so massive that he can’t move with speed and agility.
- The coat of the Akbash is always white, but he sometimes has biscuit-colored or gray shading around the ears.
- The Akbash coat can be short to medium-length or long. Dogs with a long coat have a ruff around the neck and feathering on the legs and tail. Dogs with the short or medium-length coat have less of a ruff and little feathering.
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