Akbash Dog Breed Standard
FCI Breed Standard is not recognized.
From the history of the breed:
The name of the breed derived from the “Akbash”, one of the western regions of Turkey.
There is little information about the ancestors of Turkish Akbash and close-related White Shepherds. However, it is considered that they are closely connected with Hungarian, Italian and other white shepherd dogs. Dog experts argue whether Akbash dog is an ancestor of European White Shepherd, or if the ancient Romans had brought Akbash dogs from Asia Minor to Italy. The only obvious thing is that different kinds of White Shepherd Dogs lived in different countries for many centuries. The written references of the XVIIth century claim that in the Ottoman Empire there were two shepherd dog breeds which guarded livestock.
Nowadays there are two shepherd dog in Turkey - Akbash dog and Kangal dog. Some dog experts believe that these dogs are of the same breed but of different color varieties.
Country of origin:
Turkey. General appearance:
Very beautiful dog with white coat. Long-legged, lean and muscular. Capable of running at large speed.
Males - 29-31 inch (76 cm - 79 cm), females - 27-29 inch (71-74 cm).
Males - 119 lbs (54 kg), females - 90 lbs (41 kg).
White, with thick undercoat that consists of soft and fine hair. Weather resistant. There are two equally acceptable coat lengths - short and long. If short, should be straight. If long, should be wavy and thick, especially on the feet and the neck. In both types of coat, the hair on the muzzle, ears, and paws is shorter than the body coat.
Always white. Light biscuit or gray shading around the ears or in the undercoat should never be penalized.
The skull is large and broad between the ears. It is longer than broad, tapering gradually toward the muzzle. The stop is slightly defined. The cheeks are flat and smooth. The nose is large and black.
Of medium size, hanging, pendant, V-shaped, and slightly rounded at the tips. Set rather high, lying flat to the skull. Eyes:
Medium-sized, almond-shaped, set well apart, with intelligent and kindly expression. Eye rims are tight.
The chest and moderately broad. The ribs are well sprung.
Very long and fluffy. Thick at the base and tapering towards its end. When the dog is relaxed, the tail is carried low, frequently forming a hook. When the dog is moving or excited, the tail is usually carried in a curl over the back.
Limbs (front and rear):
The limbs are long and well-muscled. The paws are large and heavy. The claws are black.
Akbash is an excellent working dog, get along well with children, loves playing and running. He has a strong character, so training should begin when he is still a puppy. It is better to keep Akbash dogs outside, as this kind of breed is not suitable for indoors.
Ideal guard dog, distrustful of strangers. Very loyal to his owner. Calm, intelligent, brave and independent.
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