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Akbash Dog – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Large
Weight: 90 to 130 pounds
Height: 28 to 32 inches
Longevity: 11
Bark Tendency: Low
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: High

Adopt an Akbash Dog – Dog Breed Guide



The Akbash Dog is one of the most protective breeds in the dog world. But do not be alarmed, these dogs’ fierce protective instincts are not towards humans. They were bred to be natural guardians for their human companions and protector of their properties. This breed has been known for centuries as a great working dog that protects and guards their love ones. They are known to go against wolves and other predators as well as be gentle herders for sheep and other livestock. It is also one of the rarest and oldest dog breeds out there.

Official Name

Akbash Dog


Date – Ancient Times
Country -Turkey
Family / Group – Flock Guardian

Recognized By:
National Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Continental Kennel Club
Akbash Dogs International
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.


The Akbash Dog got its name from the Turkish word “Akbas”, which literally means “white head”. Believed to be selectively bred by shepherds to have a white-colored coating, the Akbash Dog is primarily a guarding sheepdog. It is hard to pinpoint the origin of the Akbash Dog. The breed is considered to be among the ancient pure breeds in the dog world, dating as far back as 3,000 years old. The Akbash Dog breed may be considered as one of the white guardian breeds of dogs the likes of Komondor, Kuvasz and the Tatra Mountain Sheepdog, all of which originated along the Northern Mediterranean basin. But unlike these other white guardian dogs, they have a unique mix of Greyhound and Mastiff traits.


A rare breed of dog with exceptional traits, the Akbash Dog can perform impressively as livestock guardians as well as be brave and strong enough to go head to head against predators. An Akbash Dog can be ferocious towards predators but still remain calm and steady right after an encounter. Akbash Dogs are known to have mother-like qualities!

Bred For

Guarding livestock and chasing predators away


The Akbash Dog is a farm worker type of dog. Helping with the chores makes them happy.


The Akbash Dogs are known to be  big dogs that shed heavily. They do not require regular brushing. Bathing once a week is recommended.


Highly trainable and very intelligent


The Akbash Dog is generally known to be healthy and  live a full life span of 10 to 11 years without major health problems. Like most of the large breeds and working dogs, hip dysplasia and OCD, a joint condition is also common.


The Akbash Dog is very athletic and should be given the chance to have long daily exercise sessions.