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Akbash Dog

Origin Turkey
GroupGuard Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Akbash Dog have? The breed also known as...
Akbash dog, Akbaş Çoban Köpeği, Coban KopegiTurkish Shepherd
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
How much does the Akbash Dog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
If you choose to purchase the Akbash Dog, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Akbash Dog gets to a happy place.


The Akhbash comes from Asia Minor, from today's Turkey. The Turkish Shepherds have bred white sheepdogs to distinguish them from predators. In 1978, the first Akhbash dogs came to the United States, where some 100 such dogs are currently registered.

General Appearance

What is the Akbash Dog's size? How big is this dog?
How much does the Akbash Dog weigh?
Male: 90–140 pounds (41–64 kg), Female: 75–105 pounds (34–48 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine?
Male: 115 pounds (52,5 kg), Female: 90 pounds (41 kg)
How tall is the Akbash Dog?
Male: 28–32 inches (71–81 cm), Female: 27–30 inches (69–76 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido?
Male: 30 inches (76 cm), Female: 28,5 inches (72,5 cm)

Hair & Care

What type of coat does the Akbash Dog have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the Akbash Dog's coat? What color is a proper this fido coat?
How to groom the Akbash Dog and how often?
Average: The Akbash Dog requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Akbash Dog, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Akbash Dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent this canine shedding?
Akbash Dogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.


What kind of personality does the Akbash Dog have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Akbash Dog?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Akbash Dog obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Are Akbash Dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Akbash Dogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
How playful dog breed is this dog?
Akbash Dogs are not the most playful dog breed. Sometimes they do like playing, but that's not their favorite activity.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive is it?
Akbash Dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for a moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Akbash Dogs are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely to their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does need this dog?
Akbash Dogs are kinda antisocial. This breed doesn't like being around people all the time, they tolerate being left alone.
Do Akbash Dogs bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
Average: The Akbash Dog barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Are Akbash Dogs good watchdogs?
Akbash Dogs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Akbash Dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Does this canine have an aggressive/protective behavior of their territory/property?
Akbash Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Akbash Dog can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Akbash Dog will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
How likely are you to get bite from this dog? Why do dog bites happen?
The Akbash Dog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Akbash Dog do? How big is the mouthiness potential of this breed?
Akbash Dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Akbash Dogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Akbash Dog to run away? This dog wanderlust potential:
Wanderlust potential of the Akbash Dog is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive?
Akbash Dogs have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Akbash Dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on leash.
Apartment Friendly
Are Akbash Dogs good apartment dogs? Can they live in a flat?
Akbash Dogs are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Are they adaptive and easy to handle?
Akbash Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they good with strangers? Are they friendly with strangers?
Akbash Dogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Akbash Dogs kid-friendly dogs? Are they good with young children?
Akbash Dogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Akbash Dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido temperament with cats?
Akbash Dogs are average friendly dogs towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Are they dog-friendly with other dogs? How well do Akbash Dogs get along with dogs? What is this canine temperament with dogs?
Akbash Dogs are average friendly dogs towards other dogs.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Are they healthy breed? Do Akbash Dogs have health problems?
Akbash Dogs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Akbash Dogs live? What is this dog average life span?
10-12 years
Is the Akbash Dog breed hypoallergenic?
Akbash Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Akbash Dog have? How high is the energy level of this fido?
Akbash Dogs have a lower energy level than other dogs. If you live a chilled life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Akbash Dogs require per day?
Akbash Dogs don't need too much exercise. A few daily walks should be enough for them.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Akbash Dogs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot. They're not the most active dog breed. If you live an active life, this breed can be a bad choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Akbash Dog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
3-4 cup high-quality commercial dog food (that is formulated for large-breed dogs), divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? The risk for obesity:
Average. The Akbash Dog has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Akbash Dog's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate cold and hot weather?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Akbash Dog can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Akbash Dog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Do they drool? How much does it drool?
The Akbash Dog is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.


Gestation Length
How long does this dog pregnancy last? How long does it take to have a few puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Akbash Dog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Akbash Dog have a litter? Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Akbash Dog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-8 puppies


  • Watchdog Ability: Akbash Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Territorial: Akbash Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.


  • Hypoallergenic: Akbash Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Apartment Friendly: Akbash Dogs are not apartment-friendly dogs.

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