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This is a picture of a 9 month old we bred and raised and is now happily guarding in Missouri.
ABOUT THE AKBASH DOG
(Livestock Guardian dog from Turkey)
This solid white flock guard dog originated in Turkey and was originally imported into the U.S. and labeled an Anatolian Shepherd. As such, many ASD will look like an Akbash and many Akbash will have a grey undercoat as a result of their ASD background. In the late 1980s the Akbash registry began, focusing on the all white, taller, more slender dogs from Turkey. Akbash are equipped with keen eyesight, hearing and superior strength. Their white, weather resistant, double, short to medium length coats are coarse and non-matting, with very little doggy odor. Even though they may have an undercoat, it is non-matting as compared to the Pyrenees undercoat which mats easily. The Akbash has a massive head and powerful jaws. The V-shaped ears are set high with the tips slightly rounded, flat to the skull, and are carried pendant. Imported Turkish dogs may have cropped ears. Their almond shaped eyes are set well apart and distinctly oblique. Eye color varies from light golden brown to very dark brown. The neck is strong and muscular, medium in length and arches at the crest. It has strong, large, well-arched toes. The nails are blunt and either gray, brown or white. The pads are thick, hard, elastic and normally dark. The tail is long, reaching to the hocks. There is an elastic, springy nature to the gait.
The Origins of the Akbash dog are believed to go back to a cross between the old Mastiff and sight-hound (a greyhound-type dog). This gives the Akbash a taller, more slender appearance than the Anatolian Shepherd, the other Turkish livestock guardian dog with more of a mastiff influence. The Akbash has keen eyesight and they usually look out over the terrain constantly looking for things out of the ordinary.
Tales of bravery amongst Akbash and Anatolian Shepherd dogs are legendary, the most famous of which is “Flintis”, an Anatolian Shepherd who was guarding goat flocks in Namibia, Africa when they were attacked by a band of 40 baboons. The fight between Flintis and the two dominant male baboons who refused to retreat, lasted quite a while and covered a path over 1 mile long, all the whilst, Flintis would not let them go. When it was over, the two dominant male baboons were dead and Flintis was near death. But he recovered and continued to guard his flock.
Flintis' story can be found in three sources:
June, 2000, issue of Reader's Digest.
Pages 3-5 of Coban Kopek, A Guardian Dog Journal (Volume 7, Number 1, Winter 1997-98), the Newsletter of Anatolian Shepherds' Dogs Worldwide, Inc., Grand Island, Nebraska. The article was under Special feature: Spotlight on Anatolians at Work, entitled Flintis, and written by Susan B. Deshaies, Cheetah Conservation Fund (Susan Deshaies is a volunteer for the Cheetah Conservation Fund and was heading the CCF's Livestock Guarding Dog Program in Namibia at the time the article was written.). The article indicates that Susan says that "Flintis is the GREATEST dog I have ever met. Not only is he the very best at what he does, once he establishes you are friend, not foe, he is very gentle and friendly."
The account is also presented in the book, "Dogs With Jobs, Working Dogs Around the World," which can currently be obtained through Amazon.com.