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Akbash History

The Akbash is a spitz-type herding and livestock guardian dog that originated in Turkey. The Akbash has a shaggy, white double coat and curly horns, and is highly intelligent and agile. The Akbash is descended from the Karabakh sheepdog.

Time of Origin

750 BC

Country of Origin




Akbash Physical Characteristics

The Akbash is a medium-large, long-haired, sheepdog type of breed that typically stands between 20 and 24 inches at the shoulder and weighs between 55 and 75 pounds. They are known for their shaggy, wavy hair and deep, flat, wide head. The Akbash is distinguished with a strong jaw and almond-shaped, dark eyes. They have large ears that lay flat to the head and are set high on the head. Their short, dense, and weather resistant fur comes in a variety of colors and color combinations.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 28 – 34 inches

Female Height Range: 28 – 32 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 90 – 140 lbs

Female Weight Range: 90 – 110 lbs

Akbash Health

Description of breed health.


10-11 yrs

Akbash Health Concerns

Cardiomyopathy, Hip Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism

Akbash Temperament and Behaviour

Akbash dogs are large, powerful, and calm. They are patient and loyal, making them great companions. They are also alert and watchful, making them excellent guard dogs. Akbash dogs are Independent, but they are also willing to please their owners. They are intelligent and trainable, but they can also be headstrong and stubborn. Akbash dogs are gentle with children and other animals, but they can be protective of their families. They need plenty of exercise and prefer to live in rural areas where they can roam freely.

Akbash Activity Requirements

Akbash dogs are an ancient, ancient breed of dog. Little is known about their history, but they are believed to be the oldest domesticated livestock guardian. Because of their heritage, Akbash dogs are very intelligent and protective of their home and family. They are loyal, devoted, and brave, making them excellent guard dogs and companions. Akbash are large, muscular dogs. They are a working dog, so they have a lot of energy, but they are not overly hyperactive. They require regular exercise, but they don’t need a lot of space. A regular daily walk or jog, as well as plenty of play time, will help your Akbash be healthy and happy. They will enjoy games of fetch and tug of war, and playing with puzzle toys or balls.

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Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Akbash is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Akbash is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Akbash is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Akbash is part of the Unclassified group.

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