The Akbash is a large white breed of domestic dog, native to the plains and mountains of western Turkey. The Akbash is a guard dog and was originally bred by shepherds around 3,000 years ago to create a white-colored dog that could protect their flock of sheep.
Although the exact reasons for this particular color choice are unknown, it is widely believed that a white watchdog was sought to ensure that it was not mistaken for a hungry predator, such as a wolf.
The Akbash is an ancient breed of domestic dog, and although it is believed to derive from similar breeds in Italy and Hungary, its exact ancestry is not really known. However, these other continental watchdogs were thought to have been brought to Europe from parts of Asia.
Akbash Physical Characteristics
The Akbash is a large and powerful dog breed perfectly built for a sheep life that takes care of the mountains. It has a short to medium-length coat, white in color with occasional light brown spots.
The Akbash’s coat is rough to keep it from tangling when exposed to alpine elements, and the double layer allows it to be waterproof too, protecting the Akbash from the cold. The Akbash has a large head and powerful jaws, along with a very strong body, short neck, and large, curved fingers.
The Akbash’s tail is very characteristic for the breed, as it is not only long and curved, but it is also covered in long, feathery fur. The Akbash has thickly padded feet and almond-shaped eyes that range in color from golden to dark brown.
Akbash were originally bred by shepherds to protect their herds from large mountain predators, so they are naturally a dominant and aggressive breed. It is one of the most primitive guard dogs among domestic breeds today and therefore requires a strong and experienced owner.
However, they are brave and intelligent animals who risk their lives to protect the animals and people in their care. The Akbash is a very loyal breed, completely devoted and devoted to its owner, and often considers strangers who are not in the presence of their owner suspicious. The Akbash is very independent with strong, protective instincts, known to respond quickly and unaided in emergencies when he feels his flock is threatened.
The Akbash breed first appeared around 3,000 years ago when it was bred to be a strong and protective white guard dog. Although the breed itself has changed very little since the early days, individuals found in homes today are less dominant and aggressive than these original guard dogs.
However, they are still bred to protect livestock, particularly on ranches in South America where they are used to protect animals from large carnivores such as coyotes and even bears.
Since its introduction to the United States in the 1970s, the breed has become a popular watchdog and while it is affected by hip problems like other larger breeds, it is not believed to be severely affected. The Akbash tends to give birth to between 7 and 9 pups per litter, which are fully mobile in the first 6 weeks.
Akbash Interesting Facts
The Akbash is known to be a calm and clean breed of domestic dog, living happily both inside and outside the home. Their fur also has little odor compared to that of other breeds. They are also known to have strong maternal instincts and have been observed to help sheep clean their newborn calves.
In its native Turkey, the Akbash is named after the Turkish word akbash, which means “white head”. The Akbash breed first became popular as a domestic pet when 40 dogs were imported to the United States from Turkey in the 1970s. These Akbash individuals are believed to be the ancestors of the entire population today.