Anatolian Shepherd Dog vs Akbash Dog

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is an okay choice for new owners, but the Akbash Dog is strongly discouraged for new/inexperienced owners.
  • Children - The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is okay with children, but the Akbash Dog does not do well with children.
  • Grooming - The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is easy to groom while the Akbash Dog has moderate grooming needs.
  • Barking - The Akbash Dog bark/howls frequently. The Anatolian Shepherd Dog has an average level of barking.
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Anatolian Shepherd Dog vs Akbash Dog
Anatolian Shepherd Dog
Breed NameAnatolian Shepherd DogAkbash Dog
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan11-13 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Height26-30 in.27-32 in.
Weight80-150 lb75-140 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryTurkeyTurkey
Origin Year4000 BC1000 BC
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessBelow AverageGood
Family FriendlyGoodBelow Average
Kid FriendlyBelow AveragePoor
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyPoorPoor
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Stubborn
  • Protective
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 70°F20°F to 70°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumMedium
Exercise RequiredMediumHigh
Top Running Speed22 mph28 mph
StrengthVery HighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium
SheddingHighMedium-High
DanderLowMedium
Drool AmountMediumNone

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 NameAnatolian Shepherd DogAkbash Dog
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesYes
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingAverageAverage
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingAverageBelow Average
GuardingHighHigh
HerdingHighAverage
HuntingAverageAverage
ProtectionHighAverage
Remove VerminAverageAverage
SleddingAverageAverage
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameAnatolian Shepherd DogAkbash Dog
Lifespan
Lifespan11-13 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Common Health Issues
BloatNoYes
EpilepsyNoYes
Heart ProblemsNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
HypothyroidismNoYes
Luxating PatellaNoYes
Umbilical HerniasNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAnatolian Shepherd DogAkbash Dog
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Smooth CoatYesNo
Coat Texture
RoughYesYes
StraightYesYes
WoolyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
MediumNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Blue FawnYesNo
BrindleYesNo
FawnYesNo
Fawn&whiteYesNo
GrayYesNo
LiverYesNo
Red FawnYesNo
WhiteYesYes