Akbash is Turkish for “white head.” Originally from Turkey, Akbash were used for herding.
Size: 90 to 130 pounds. 28 to 32 inches (females), 30 to 34 inches (males).
Life span: Up to 10 years.
Health problems: Hip dysplasia or osteochondritis dissecans, a joint condition.
When not raised to be a companion, Akbash make ideal guard dogs as they will not be personable at all. If you want an Akbash companion and you provide him with the proper socialization, an Akbash will be ideal. Intelligent, loyal and brave, they display a unique sensitivity that isn’t found in many breeds.
If you’re a farmer or rancher, this is the perfect dog for you. He will be happy to assist you with all your tasks. If you have a large yard, an Akbash could be the dog for you. If you live in an apartment or a small yard, unfortunately, keep looking; Akbash need the space to roam. They are natural herders, be careful if you have small children.
Despite their long coat, a weekly brushing will suffice. Both the long and short coated varieties will shed heavily twice a year.