The Akbash is an outgoing dog when in the presence of its owner, but a little more leery of stranger in a 1 on 1 setting. Because it is bred into this canine to be naturally suspicious when dutifully guarding its flock, it will potentially be the same with guarding its family. Never fear however, with the proper socialization the Akbash will be a friendly and loyal watchdog, with a balanced temperament.
This breed is not really suited for apartment life, being a large breed that should have lots of space to move around. You will find, with the right amount of space, the Akbash will be a very calm and clean breed to have as an indoor pet, but the key is enough room and exercise. This breed is not especially sensitive to heat or cold, but extremes are dangerous to any animal so please be aware.
It is recommended that the Akbash have an experienced and stern owner who will build a strong leadership role with this powerful breed. Obedience is key with this dog to curb any potential disobedience because of its size and strength.
This breed is generally healthy. As with all large breeds, making sure that healthy hips and elbows are in the bloodline is extremely important. Also keep an eye on this breeds weight.
The Akbash has a gorgeous white medium/long double coat which is fairly easy to maintain. They are above average shedders, so daily brushing will help with this process and keep your carpets clean. The great part about this dog breed is that they are not known to have a strong odor and are a generally clean dog.
The Akbash is a fairly low activity breed, but they are also an athletic herding dog at heart so should have a moderate amount of exercise daily. A nice long walk daily will make this dog a happy camper.
The Akbash is considered a large dog breed weighing between 70 and 140 pounds and standing 26 to 34 inches tall.