Spanish Mastiff vs Akbash Dog

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Spanish Mastiff is a good choice for new owners. The Akbash Dog is strongly discouraged for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - The Spanish Mastiff is okay with children, but the Akbash Dog does not do well with children.
  • Grooming - The Spanish Mastiff is easier to groom than the Akbash Dog.
  • Barking - The Akbash Dog bark/howls frequently. The Spanish Mastiff has an average level of barking.
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Spanish Mastiff vs Akbash Dog
Brindle Spanish Mastiff
Breed NameSpanish MastiffAkbash Dog
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-14 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Height28-35 in.27-32 in.
Weight88-150 lb75-140 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountrySpainTurkey
Origin Year2000 BC1000 BC
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodGood
Family FriendlyGoodBelow Average
Kid FriendlyAveragePoor
Pet FriendlyGoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyBelow AveragePoor
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorNoYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹20°F to 80°F20°F to 70°F
Barks/HowlsAverageVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelLow-MediumMedium
Exercise RequiredMediumHigh
Top Running Speed24 mph28 mph
StrengthVery HighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLow-MediumMedium
SheddingMediumMedium-High
DanderMediumMedium
Drool AmountHighNone

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 NameSpanish MastiffAkbash Dog
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientYesYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingAverageAverage
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingAverageBelow Average
GuardingHighHigh
HerdingBelow AverageAverage
HuntingAverageAverage
ProtectionHighAverage
Remove VerminAverageAverage
SleddingBelow AverageAverage
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameSpanish MastiffAkbash Dog
Lifespan
Lifespan10-14 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Common Health Issues
BloatYesYes
CancerYesNo
Dental ProblemsYesNo
Elbow DysplasiaYesNo
EntropionYesNo
EpilepsyNoYes
Heart ProblemsYesYes
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
HypothyroidismYesYes
Joint DysplasiaYesNo
Luxating PatellaNoYes
ObesityYesNo
PanosteitisYesNo
Umbilical HerniasNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameSpanish MastiffAkbash Dog
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
WoolyYesYes
RoughNoYes
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
BrindleYesNo
GreyYesNo
Reddish-brownYesNo
WhiteYesYes
YellowYesNo