Drew Spisak have been breeding quality working Akbash
dogs and Babydoll Southdown sheep at Sheepfields Farm, Wellsville, Kansas for more than 25 years.
ESKISEHIR, Jun 18, 2010 (TUR) -- The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Global Environment Facility Small Grants has extended financial support to the Akbash Dog Association to protect the Turkish guard dog breed.
Nelson took a male and a female Akbash dogs to the United States.
The most common breeds used for guarding livestock in the United States are Great Pyrenees, Akbash
, and Komondor, whereas Anatolian, Kuvasz, Maremma, and Shar Planinetz are less common (Green and Woodruff 1988; Andelt and Hopper 2000).
Other breeds also perform this same specialized task (and most of them are derivatives of the same type of dogs) such as Maremma, Akbash
net> Babydoll Southdown Miniature sheep, Akbash
Dogs, Polish bantam chickens.
When we last visited, their spread included two riding horses for helping a rancher friend during roundup; three Suffolk ewes and a Suffolk ram for lamb production; a pair of East Friesian X Lacaune ewes for milk and cheese; a dozen laying hens; four barn cats for rodent control; and a standoffish Akbash
dog, bred to defend the sheep against all threats, including mountain lions.
We have horses, chickens, barn cats and Akbash
Yes, we have stock dogs that work animals but no typical "guardian dogs" with our herd like Anatolian Sheep dogs, Akbash
Because of this incident as well as stray dogs and coyotes coming close to the pasture, we decided to purchase Akbash
Dogs as guard dogs for our growing herd.
There are Anatolian Shepherds, Kuvaz, Akbash
, Komondor, Shar Planinetz and my favorite, the Maremma.
These breeds with impressive guardian history, Komondor, Akbash
, Shar Plainetz, and Great Pyrenees, are all vastly different from herders-heelers.