The Akbash Dog is large, lean and muscular with an elegant and racy appearance. These dogs have been bred as guardian dogs whose historical primary duty was to protect sheep from predators. This powerful breed features medium to long white fur that was originally desired in breeding to distinguish them from wolves. Akbash puppies and dogs are typically calm, quiet and brave. This breed is one of the oldest of the flock-guarding group and features a combination of characteristics from the Mastiff and Gazehound breeds. The Akbash breed is the counterpart to the French Great Pyrenese, the Italian Maremma, the Hungarian Kuvasz and other white sheep guarding breeds. They still carry the same mental and physical traits that originally characterized the breed thousands of years ago. Akbash puppies and dogs require respect in both training and upbringing. They are affectionate to their family while being protective and a good guardian against strangers. Akbash puppies should be socialized properly so that they will not be aggressive to all intruders. This breed requires a firm, dog-experienced owner who is seeking a loyal friend and guardian.
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