11 Responses to Akbash

  1. Kathy R. says:

    I rescued an Akbash/Lab mix (Jerry) from my local pound, in mid-Nov. 2016. In early Nov. (’16), at neutering, the vet estimated him to be @24 months. I’ve been owner-training him as a mobility service dog, including helping me to be able to get up when I fall. I have nothing but glowingly positive things to say about Jerry!!!! Granted, if he were a full Akbash, that might’ve been at least a somewhat different story and a bad trade off to gain a few extra inches and pounds (he’s only 27.5″ at the shoulders and @100#’s.) He’s HIGHLY intelligent, learns extremely quickly, and absolutely LIVES FOR getting his vest on and getting to go with me! When he’s “off-duty,” he loves his “2nd job” almost as well – doing his best to rid my rural 7 acres of rodents… (Which probably contributed to his having wound up in the pound, in town….. When he gets onto a rodent scent, he “turns into a roto-tiller.”) He’s happy being a couch-potato part of the day; and, is perfectly behaved when he’s in his service dog vest (even at restaurants, where he knows he has to wait until we get outside for him to get his) ; but, I typically dress and undress him in the car; and, when I’ve taken him “off-duty” and given him permission to get out of the car, I’ve seen him go from flat-footed to about 4 feet straight up in the air, do a 180 turn in mid-air; then, gleefully take off like a white rocket… Having a dog like Jerry in an apartment; or, even a house with a small yard, would be GROSSLY UNFAIR to him!!! I fully agree that it’s CRITICAL to understand, large, working breed dogs; and, to have a rather large, well-fenced, area for them – one which you don’t mind having dug up. (Keep in mind that this breed has been bred for things such as decision-making ability and self-reliance, FAR MORE SO than dogs who’ve been bred to be “pets.”) Mixed with Lab, Golden, etc. can “smooth things out” some, while retaining the desired attributes of the Akbash breed; but, it’s still CRITICAL to research and understand that “tabula rasa” is a “load of bravo sierra.” There ARE trade-offs for all those wonderful Akbash attributes; and, too often, ignorant people result in absolutely fantastic dogs being slaughtered at pounds for reasons which are NOT the dog’s fault!!!!

  2. Suzanne Bardsley says:

    Really? It’s okay to take an Akbash pup to socialize at a dog park? I am considering a hybrid Akbash/Anatolian. I have a small farm and about 30 goats. High predation, so I move them from paddock to paddock and enclose at night. Paddocks vary in size from 1/2 acre to full acre. I have a two year old Maremma, also. I like the short coat of the pup I am considering. She is mostly black with white socks and a blaze. Thoughts?

    • admin says:

      Hi Suzanne!
      Since the Akbash are naturally aggressive towards other dogs, taking them to dog parks needs constant supervision. Make sure that you earn your Akbash/Anatolian pup’s loyalty, trust, and respect before it sees you as its pack leader. This is crucial for controlling dog-on-dog aggression. For starters, expose your dog to different things, places, animals, and people, take it out to walk on-leash, and get it accustomed to car rides. Work on getting its attention before going out. If you find another dog approaching head-on, go around your pet in an arc to keep its attention as usual, and then reward.

  3. Tyler rodeback says:

    I got an akbash about 3 months ago.. and the last month she has been showing some serious aggression with other dogs when we go on walks. But does fine with the dog at our house… any tips on how to correct this?

    • admin says:

      Hi,
      What you need now is a bit of patience. The more your dog shows aggression towards other dogs, outdoors, the more you should take it out to help it relax, and get used to it. You should also take your dog to the dog park, where it can see (and learn) how other dogs from different owners are playing peacefully with each other. This should work. Best of luck!

  4. Mark.Mitchell says:

    I’ve been raising Akbash, Kangal and Anatolian dogs now for 7 yrs. I had pyrenees dogs previously. I don’t recommend these dogs for 1st time big dog owners. If you are experienced with big breeds and have a family and a place with acreage…..yes. these dogs will protect you and your family with extreme prejudice! I know this 1st hand.
    These dogs have a long memory. You can fool them once, but never again the same way. They work at night. They bark to warn predators away. You will get used to the barking.
    Your estimate of the breeds years (3,000)is off. Most dog historians and Turks will agree that the breed is closers to 5,000 years old. They’ve never been bred out of their breed in Turkey. So their blood line and habits have been ingrained. By the time they are 8-10 months they will be wanting to get to their job. They work all night and tend to sleep and be on the lazy side during the day.
    I can’t recommend a better dog for the right situation. Awesome dogs!

    • Linda Milek says:

      Mark, I love your comments about your experience with the Akbash and their traits. I would like to point out however that they will work during the day and sleep at night depending on the situation. I have a beautiful 1.5 yr old female that cares for and guards my chickens, ducks, goats, and rabbits. Since my animals are all free range, and go into their respective housing at night, my dog has no need to be alert at night, but she does patrol, and stay within eye-shot of her charges during the day. I think I was also quite lucky with her instincts, she was chomping to start her work with the animals before she was even 5 months old. I spent a lot of time outside with her and by the time she was only 6 months old, she put the chase to a marauding fox that I’d been having trouble with. I whole-heartedly agree with you. They are awesome dogs!

  5. Elizabeth Infante says:

    I have an 11 yr female akbash. She is so sweet, follows me around the house. She loves people, I used her as a therapy dog. She helps me when I fall down from my fibromyalgia and helps calm my anxiety. I grew up with large dogs German shepherds. She gaurds me from house flys and black flies. I do dog walking and she loves the other dogs, they are in her pack.

  6. Josh says:

    its kinda strange because my akbash is a shady grey colour, and he’s such a playful dog. I don’t know if ill every teach him and tricks all i can do is make him sit and thats with a treat. 🙁

  7. weezy says:

    “This is one breed that takes time to mature, even up to two to three years, and is a good choice for inexperienced or new owners.”

    WHAT?!? This dog is absolutely unsuited for novice owners. It is large, powerful, independent and dominant. This is a working breed. They are no more suited to uncertain, novice owners than they are to apartment life in the city.

    • admin says:

      Hi,
      Considering your comment, we have reviewed our article. Thanks for pointing out.
      Warm regards,
      Admin.

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