Akbash Dog vs Šarplaninac

Compare the Akbash Dog to the Šarplaninac. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Akbash Dogs and Šarplaninacs.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Sarplaninac is an okay choice for new owners, but the Akbash Dog is strongly discouraged for new/inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Neither the Akbash Dog or Sarplaninac do well with children or small kids.
  • Grooming - The Akbash Dog requires moderate grooming, but the Sarplaninac has high grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both the Akbash Dog and Sarplaninac are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Akbash Dog vs Sarplaninac
Fawn Sarplaninac
Breed NameAkbash DogSarplaninac
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.11-14 yrs.
Height27-32 in.22-28 in.
Weight75-140 lb66-125 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountryTurkeyYugoslavia
Origin Year1000 BC300 BC
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodAverage
Family FriendlyBelow AverageAverage
Kid FriendlyPoorBelow Average
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyPoorVery Poor
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
  • Aggressive
  • Stubborn
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹20°F to 70°F20°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumLow-Medium
Exercise RequiredHighLow-Medium
Top Running Speed28 mph26 mph
StrengthHighMedium-High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumMedium
SheddingMedium-HighHigh
DanderMediumHigh
Drool AmountNoneLow

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameAkbash DogSarplaninac
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesYes
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageHigh
Burrow/DiggingAverageAverage
ChasingAverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsAverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageHigh
GuardingHighHigh
HerdingAverageAverage
HuntingAverageBelow Average
ProtectionAverageHigh
Remove VerminAverageAverage
SleddingAverageVery Low
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameAkbash DogSarplaninac
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.11-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
BloatYesYes
Drug SensitivityNoYes
EpilepsyYesNo
Heart ProblemsYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
HypothyroidismYesNo
Luxating PatellaYesNo
Umbilical HerniasYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAkbash DogSarplaninac
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
WoolyYesNo
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
MediumYesYes
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
WhiteYesYes
BlackNoYes
FawnNoYes
Iron GreyNoYes
Light GreyNoYes