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The Akbash is a rare purebred dog from the country of Turkey. Loyal, alert and intelligent, these puppies have some of the best qualities you could ask for. These dogs go by other names, such as Coban Kopegi, Akbaş Çoban Köpeği and Askbash Dog. Despite their rare breed status, you can find these purebred dogs at local shelters or rescues. Remember that it is always better to adopt and not buy. These amazing puppies are very protective of their families and have strong guarding instincts. They are large dogs and are best suited to larger homes with yards or near open areas where they can roam. They are fiercely independent but love to be close to their human family. Akbashes are great with children but need early socialization if they are going to live with other dogs or pets in the home. If you want a protective and loyal dog that will love you unconditionally, the Akbash may be right for you.
The Akbash’s coat is white only. These dogs were bred to protect cattle and sheep, and their white coat helps them blend in with the herd. Their shedding is moderate throughout the year and more intense in summer, so a good brushing once or twice a week will help remove dirt and old hair. The coat can be fairly easy to brush if you attend to their needs. If they sense something odd, Akbashes will growl or bark at strangers, but are not overly aggressive towards them. If you want a watchful, vigilant watchdog that will alert you to anyone who might approach your door, you can do no better than the Akbash. Since Akbash are independent, they don’t usually have any separation anxiety with their human counterparts. Be sure to give them some space, as they like to be alone from time to time. Akbashes are prone to weight gain, especially with their low energy levels. Make sure your dog gets at least one good half-hour to hour-long walk a day, with some good active play sessions and shorter walks mixed in. Akbash can be socialized, but are not naturally fond of other animals and may prefer to be the solitary household pet. Since the Akbash is a large dog, it can easily withstand overly excited children’s play. However, they are low energy dogs and may prefer to be with adults or older children who know how to play gently.
Not much is known about the Akbash breed, although many believe they were first bred nearly 3,000 years ago to protect the shepherds’ flocks from predators. The name Akbash is a Turkish word meaning “white head.” “Their white coat is important, as it helps them blend in with the flock they protect. They are also the national dog of Turkey. In the 1970s, Americans Judith and David Nelson were researching this breed in western Turkey. Intrigued by the Akbash, they introduced the breed to North America around the same time. The U.S. Department of Agriculture uses the breed in its predator control program. The United Kennel Club (AKC) recognized these amazing dogs in 1998 as guard breeds. Although this breed is rare, they can still be found at your local shelter or breed-specific rescues. Consider adoption if you decide this is the breed for you and your family.
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