Saturday, December 8, 2007

Akbash dog facts

When it comes to rare dog breeds, the Akbash is one of them. We are talking about a beautiful dog, one that learns quickly even if it can get bored easily if the training exercises get repetitive. This makes this dog breed one that is not good for obedience competitions. The Akbash is also an animal that will only respond to individuals they respect and this needs to be earned. If you get to motivate them, you will notice that the Akbash is very clever although this breed is known for its calmness and low rate of metabolism. When you are dealing with puppies, things change a little as they are more active and will require you to aid them in getting daily exercise. If you can not provide them with this, you will notice that the Akbash puppy will start pacing, chewing, escaping, barking and digging whenever he can.

When talking about being a companion, Akbash Dogs can fill this role even if it recommended that the owner has some sort of experience with large breeds. The Akbash is labeled as a livestock protection dog breed and they are known to be independent.On the other hand, this dog will love to work and if it is clear for them what they need to do, you will notice that th Akbash will do everything needed with a rare discipline that is not usually a fact with other breeds.

Talking about size, you need to know that the Akbash dog is large, all white with dark eyes, nose and skin pigment. They can run at high speeds and come with a very good sense of hearing, smell and sight. After all, they are good guard dogs and are tall, with a long body and legs. A female will weigh between 75 and 105 pounds while the male Akbash will weigh between 95 and 125 pounds. If these weights are surpassed we can say that the dog is overweight.

The Akbash dog breed is known to be a healthy one although there are some common problems that can appear: gastric torsion, epilepsy, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, cruciate ligament injuries, cardiomyopathy, osteoscarcoma, lymphoma, kidney failure and umbilical hernias.

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