A rare and elegant breed, the Akbash breed originated 3000 years ago in Western Turkey. Developed by shepherds as a livestock guardian, the Akbash was bred selectively for the white coloring so as to be discernable from predators. This breed was introduced into the United States during the 1970's and recognized by the UKC in 1998.
Akbash's are not recommended for first time dog owners. They do best in a home with older considerate children or family members and pets they have been raised with. The Akbash will react aggressively toward intruding dogs, and remain suspicious and aloof thoward strangers. This breed is affectionate, loyal, independent, and gentle. Akbash's are ideal as home guardians, family pets, and workers.
The Akbash has a double coat. The undercoat is dense and soft, the outercoat consists of longer, coarse hair. The Akbash's coat comes in two different lengths: Medium or long. The medium coat is flat and gives the Akbash a sleek appearance. The long coat is often wavy, never curly, with pronounced undercoat. There is profuse feathering on the thighs, forelegs, and tail; with the fur more distinct at the ruff. Either coat is non-matting and weather resistant. The Akbash emits very little odor and are above average shedders.
If kept solely as a companion, the Akbash requires early intensive and constant socialization. This breed has an independent nature and will often hesitate briefly when given commands by their master. Akbash's are not well suited for advanced obedience training. The Akbash does do well with basic training, although the breed matures slowly. They respond best to firmness, fairness, and consistency.
The Akbash breed is not suited to apartment living. They do best in a securely fenced yard or a rural setting where they are able to roam. Akbash's thrive on having a job to do, as well as family companionship.