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Akbash Dog Breed, Information, Facts, Temperament and Training Methods

The Akbash Dog is not a great choice for those who want to adopt a pet.  They are more apt as strong guard dogs.

The akbash dog breed is a primitive breed. The dogs are strong and large in size and not so easily trained. They are impressive in appearance and it can be significantly rewarding to build a relationship with them. However ownership should only be in the hands of those who understand these dogs well and can socialize them in the correct manner.

Here is some interesting akbash dog information.

Akbash Dog Breed Information

Akbash dogs are big, white dogs. They grow to about 30 inches in height and may weigh above 100 pounds. Male dogs are slightly bigger than females. But even small dogs from this breed can appear quite imposing.

The white coat of the Akbash is coarse and resistant to matting. An interesting fact about the Akbash is that its coat does not carry much scent. This could be a reason why they made such efficient herd dogs. The Akbash dog was bred as a herd dog many years ago. The dog was bred in order to retain its white color maybe because they could be differentiated better from predators. The breed descended from the region we now call Western Turkey.

Today the dogs have moved the herding world. They still generally serve as working dogs, but they can also make suitable pets for those who are able to devote time and attention in training them. However this is quite rare and most Akbash dogs are seen working as guard dogs. This breed was brought into existence in order to work in tough conditions. This is apparent in the temperament of these dogs and hence they are not popular as family pets. They are not very receptive to unknown people and are not social. They do not get along well with children and other animals. They have been bred to face dangerous and large predators and in this capacity, they are known to excel. They do not feel comfortable in pet settings and are more suited to sparse landscapes. However, this does not mean that this breed is a dangerous one. Neither is it unfriendly. These are essentially good dogs but may just not fit into the role of a family pet. Akbash dogs respond to positive dog training methods, provided they are done in a manner suitable for this breed.

  Submitted on September 5, 2011  

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