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.
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.
The Akbash dog is a solid white flock guard dog equipped with keen hearing and superior strength whose name came from the Turkish word "akbas" meaning "white head".
The Akbash Dog is an elegant, rare breed from western Turkey.
The Akbash dog are not recommended for apartment life, regardless of the amount of on-leash exercise provided.
The article I am submitting includes an introduction to the livestock guarding breeds with focus on the Akbash Dog, as this is the breed we raise and are familiar with, as well as a brief summary of training advice (the new owners of our puppies get this page along with the dog to help them get started).
I always have to make sure our Akbash dog Billy gets enough to eat, because some of our goats find his dog food quite tasty, and he will mostly just move aside and let them munch away.
There are several breeds of livestock guarding dogs in the United States, including the Akbash Dog from Turkey, the Great Pyrenees from France, the Komondor from Hungary, the Maremma from Italy, the Tatra from Poland, and the Chuvatch from Czechoslovakia, just to name a few.
Akbash Dog Association of America, Judy Nelson (Secretary), P.
The Akbash dog
originated on the Anatolian Plateau where it is widely used as a guardian for sheep ("The Akbash Dog
: Guardian of the Turkish Sheep Industry," p.
net> Babydoll Southdown Miniature sheep, Akbash Dogs
, Polish bantam chickens.