Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): Akbas Çoban Köpegi; Turkish Akbash Dog; Akbash Shepherd Dog; Turkish Shepherd Dog
The Akbash Dog is an ancient Turkish breed developed some 3,000 years ago by shepherds who needed a guardian dog to protect livestock, especially sheep and goats, from dangerous predators like bears and wolves. Little known outside Turkey, this rare breed demands an expert owner with experience in training and managing a powerful guardian dog with strong protective instincts.
A child will usually be taken under the dog's wing as a member of its herd, but an adult human stranger will probably be greeted with suspicion and a great deal of barking, if not outright aggression. Owners who can be firm, consistent alphas report that this dog develops a strong bond with its humans. American ranchers have experimented with using this dog to protect herds from bears and coyotes.However, if you are not capable of properly training this dog, you may wind up with a powerful and dangerous animal. Know yourself before you decide whether to take the Akbash home.
Appearance / health:
The Akbash is a tall, muscular white dog with a huge head, powerful jaws and V-shaped ears that are usually drooping. It has almond-shaped eyes that are oblique and may have varied shades of colors ranging from light golden brown to very dark brown. The dog has a medium length, strong and muscular neck. The legs are long with large arched toes and the tail is long, feathered and curved.
The Akbash has an odorless coat with no matt formation; therefore, it does not require very frequent brushing, combing, or washing. However, since it is a more than average shedder, brushing should be done on a regular basis.
Akbash Dogs require moderate to high amounts of exercise in the form of walks, jogs, games, etc.
Generally, the common diseases known to affect the Akbash include hip dysplasia (an inherent disorder that affects the hip joints and causes crippling and lameness) and osteochondritis dissecans (a disorder that affects the dog’s knees causing inflammation and lameness).However, as compared to other breeds, the Akbash, on the whole, seems to be less prone to these diseases.
Behavior / temperament:
The Akbash is naturally a very aggressive and dominating dog. Dogs of this breed usually take control of a situation and can be dangerous if not properly socialized. The dog has an independent nature, which makes it think twice on receiving commands and act without guidance in case of emergency.
The Akbash is not easily trainable because of its extremely independent nature, which tends to make it quite disobedient. The trainer should be dominating enough to make the dog obey. The dog, however, has a high rate of learning and learns quickly.
The breed likes to bark only in defense, otherwise it is a calm and quiet creature.
intelligent breed, fine companion, Amazing Guard/Watch Dogs, Livestock Guardians, wild animal threats
bold temper, urban areas, strange dogs, strange men
experienced owners, powerful barks, powerful jaw, longer fur, coyote
The Abkash is perfect for a select few...
The Akbash dog is one of my favorite dogs because they are essentially a big white fluffy teddy bear of a dog. The worst traits for this dog are: 1) they dig like crazy 2) they can be crazy protective (this is also one of their best traits as they are loyal and protective without actually being a nuisance to guests but some people are not fond of dogs who want to protect/protect) 3) they are very independent and 4) they shed A LOT. The best reasons to have one of these dogs is because they are extremely loyal, sweet, unique in their intelligence, and the their lovely look. However, anyone who gets one of these dogs needs to make sure they have ample room to roam AND that they are able to provide adequate training so that these dogs are friendly to children and other dogs..
From ClemenceR May 15 2014 12:21AM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 25 days ago
Nana The Akbash
Nana is a wonderful dog. She begs to be petted and loves to be involved about half the time, and the other half she's chilling under the piano or in front of the stairs.
My mom always swore she would never own a dog, because no dog could have everything she wanted. Well, Nana had everything she wanted... so we got a dog. She's good with cats, good with kids, good at playing guard dog, fun to play with, and not hyper.
While I love Nana, she is not my ideal dog. I'm not very much of a dog person in the first place. She's 120 pounds, difficult to walk, and absolutely NOT good with other dogs. Akbash were bred to protect sheep from wolves. Hating other canines is in their blood. The other "large" dogs on our street nearly had their throats ripped out by her a couple of times when she slipped out of the fence.
Speaking of slipping out, she was nearly impossible to catch whenever she ran off to explore/kill other dogs.
Speaking of slipping, her drool was always everywhere.
Speaking of always everywhere, her hair was omnipresent. She needed to be groomed daily - and she's a SHORT-haired akbash. When we brushed her, it looked like it had snowed in a 6x6 patch of our yard.
Ever since we got her, she's been on medication for a weak bladder. Apparently this is a common issue for female akbash dogs. Now that she's getting up in years, we suspect her hips might be becoming arthritic - another common problem with huge dogs in general.
Obedience training was fun (and often involved tackling her), and she's an absolute dear. She makes an excellent guard dog (until they walk through the front door), is great with our cats (not great with turtles - she tried to eat our turtle), and loves playing. I love my Nana... but I wouldn't get another akbash if someone paid me.
Photo is from when we first got her..
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