• Origin: Turkey. The name “Akbash” is Turkish (Akbaş) for “white head.” They are closely related to the Kangal dog breed, another large livestock guardian dog from Turkey
  • The United Kennel Club (UKC) officially recognized the breed in January 1998.
  • Size: Large, with males standing 28-34 inches tall and weighing 80-140 pounds, and females standing 26-32 inches tall and weighing 60-120 pounds.
  • Coat: White, with a medium-length double coat that sheds moderately year-round.
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years.
  • Health concerns: Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, bloat, eye problems.
  • Activity level: High. Akbash dogs need plenty of exercise, both physical and mental.
  • Grooming needs: Regular brushing to remove dead hair and prevent mats.

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