of the tallest of the giant breeds, the muscular Akbash can stand up to 32
inches at the shoulder and weigh 130 lbs. He has a white, weather-proof,
non-matting, double coat. It may be short and smooth or long with
feathering on the forelegs, thighs, and tail. The outer coats are shed
during hot weather.
forges a very strong maternal bond with the animals in his care. He is
exceptionally gentle with the very young, the weak, or the sick and is
fiercely protective of those who are threatened. He is very territorial of
his home and property. Generally a gentle giant, his protective instincts
are aroused by strange or unusual activity. This makes him a natural
is completely devoted to his family and the animals in his care. He is
bold and confident, and will without hesitation risk his life to protect
his charges. A dog of great stamina and endurance, he is independent,
courageous, intelligent, and able to quickly assess a situation and take
is not the dog for everyone, especially the inexperienced dog owner. He
requires firm discipline and must respect his owner as leader of his pack.
He does not have a high activity level and is not an overly playful dog.
He is not a dog to play 'Fetch' and he likes to dig - a lot! The Akbash
needs to be put to work as a guardian to be truly happy. He should live in
a rural environment and should always be fenced to curb his wandering