Even though the Akbash is a purebred dog breed, few people have heard of it. In fact, this dog breed is so rare that the American Kennel Club doesn’t even recognize it as its breed. However, they were recognized as guardian dogs by the United Kingdom Kennel Club in 1998. There’s not much known about this dog breed, but it’s believed that they originated from Turkey and were bred to be protector dogs of flocks and other livestock.
This dog breed is large, also known as the Akbash Dog, Coban Kopegi, and Akbas Coban Kopegi. For instance, they can grow to be about 27 to 34 inches tall and weigh between 75 and 140 pounds. Unfortunately, thanks to their bigger size, they have a short lifespan, an average of ten to 12 years. If you happen to come across this dog, you’ll only find that they can have a solid white coat and no other colors or markings.
The Akbash – A Smart Dog
Overall, Akbash Dogs are loyal, alert, and intelligent. They don’t get separation anxiety from their humans, but they will be affectionate to them once in a while. However, when it comes to being around strangers, young children, or other dogs, the Akbash will be reserved. They can get along well with children, but they need proper training and early socialization from an experienced dog owner. However, they’re first and foremost guard dogs so that they will bark and growl at strangers. Luckily, they’re not known to be aggressive.
When it comes to caring for this dog breed, you’ll want to give them ample exercise every day through walks. They have low energy levels but are prone to weight gain. So, to keep them healthy and fit, a little exercise will go a long way. They also shed moderately, so weekly brushing is ideal. Otherwise, their coat requires little to no maintenance.