- WEIGHT: 88 to 176 lbs
- HEIGHT: 24 to 32 inches
- COLOR(S): Brindle, reddish brown, white, gray, black; solid or tri-colored.
- BREED GROUP: Working
WEIGHT: 90 to 120 lbs
HEIGHT: 27 to 31 inches
Akbash Dogs are extremely loyal and friendly to their owners. While they are calm, quiet and affectionate toward their family, they can be aggressive to strangers and strange animals if not properly trained and socialized as puppies. These dogs are highly intelligent and independent, making excellent guardians and pets. With their peaceful and watchful nature, they are naturally protective and bred to think for themselves. Because of this, they may choose to disobey orders if they believe their choice is better. To find an accurate representation of the breed, choose a reputable Akbash breeder.
Akbash puppies and dogs tend to shed more than the average dog making regular brushing advisable. They have a non-odorous and non-matting coat that is easy to maintain with minimal grooming.
This dog breed can be prone to hip dysplasia, cardiomyopathy, OCD and entropion. Akbash dogs may also have health concerns including hypothyroidism, seizures and umbilical hernias.
Even though Akbash puppies and dogs can have low activity levels, they need regular exercise. Walking or a run off-leash are prime examples of ideal exercise choices for this breed.
As a relatively easy to train breed, bad habits should still be corrected young and as soon as they are brought home from Akbash breeders. Owners should establish a dominant position in the relationship as the alpha being and socialization should begin early. It is advisable that Akbash dog owners also teach their dogs to appropriately respond in various situations.
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