Akbash Dog vs Bandog

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Bandog is an okay choice for new owners, but the Akbash Dog is strongly discouraged for new/inexperienced owners.
  • Children - The Bandog is okay with children, but the Akbash Dog does not do well with children.
  • Grooming - The Bandog is easier to groom than the Akbash Dog.
  • Barking - The Akbash Dog bark/howls frequently. The Bandog has a low tendency to bark.
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Akbash Dog vs Bandog
Brindle Bandog
Breed NameAkbash DogBandog
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNot Specified
Lifespan10-12 yrs.8-10 yrs.
Height27-32 in.20-30 in.
Weight75-140 lb75-125 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountryTurkeyUK (England)
Origin Year1000 BC1550 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodBelow Average
Family FriendlyBelow AverageBelow Average
Kid FriendlyPoorBelow Average
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageGood
Stranger FriendlyPoorPoor
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Aggressive
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹20°F to 70°F60°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumHigh
Exercise RequiredHighHigh
Top Running Speed28 mph20 mph
StrengthHighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumLow
SheddingMedium-HighLow-Medium
DanderMediumMedium
Drool AmountNoneHigh

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 DogBandog
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesNo
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageHigh
Burrow/DiggingAverageAverage
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageHigh
GuardingHighHigh
HerdingAverageAverage
HuntingAverageAverage
ProtectionAverageHigh
Remove VerminAverageAverage
SleddingAverageAverage
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameAkbash DogBandog
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.8-10 yrs.
Common Health Issues
BloatYesYes
Elbow DysplasiaNoYes
EpilepsyYesNo
Heart ProblemsYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
HypothyroidismYesNo
Luxating PatellaYesNo
Skin InfectionsNoYes
Umbilical HerniasYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAkbash DogBandog
Coat
HairYesYes
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Wire CoatNoYes
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesYes
WoolyYesNo
StraightYesYes
SilkyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
MediumYesNo
Coat Color(s)
WhiteYesYes
BlackNoYes
BlueNoYes
BrindleNoYes
FawnNoYes
GrayNoYes
RedNoYes
YellowNoYes