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Akbash Pyrenees Dog Breed Pictures, Characteristics and Facts

Akbash Pyrenees

The Akbash Pyrenees is a very large and very loyal new crossbreed. A mix between the elegant Akbash and the loyal Great Pyrenees, this newer cross is sure to keep winning hearts for years to come. 

The Akbash Pyrenees’s parent breeds are both beloved for many reasons. Both breeds are large and powerful, their origins based in shepherding and livestock guarding. Both also boast a thick coat and can easily surpass 100 pounds — quite a massive pup, if you ask us. Because of their intense amount of fur and larger size, this breed mix is not for the faint of heart. However, for the right dog parent, they can be amazingly devoted companions. 

The Akbash Pyrenees’s status as a crossbreed means that they’re unlikely to be found up for adoption. Still, there are millions of dogs waiting for homes in shelters. When looking for a specific breed, make an effort to adopt from a shelter or rescue. It’s important to keep in mind that given how uncommon this mixed breed is, they might not be recognized by shelters and may simply be listed as a mix.

Akbash and Great Pyrenees Pictures

Akbash Pyrenees
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Akbash Pyrenees Highlights

  • The Akbash Pyrenees aim to please and strive for excellence. 
  • The Akbash Pyrenees has a fluffy, thick double coat. This is a joy to pet but can be difficult to groom.
  • Akbash Pyrenees are loyal and easily trainable, but not for beginner dog parents. They can be strong-willed and have issues with possessiveness.

Akbash Pyrenees History

The Akbash Pyrenees is a mixed breed, so they don’t have history as their own breed. Both parent breeds, however, are well known and loved. The Akbash originated in Turkey as a livestock guardian approximately 3000 years ago. The Great Pyrenees originated in central Asia, also as a shepherd and protector of livestock. Both of these breeds are respected for their loyalty, independent natures, and willingness to follow commands. 

Akbash Pyrenees Size

The Akbash Pyrenees is a large breed that can easily surpass 100 pounds. The Akbash has a slimmer build than the stocky Great Pyrenees; a mix of the two breeds may favor either parent. Additionally, their thick and fluffy coat can give them an even larger appearance. They are most often found in white, with markings such as tan or grey spots.

Akbash Pyrenees Personality

The Akbash Pyrenees is loyal and enjoys spending time with family. However, they are also good at occupying themselves. With adequate exercise and enrichment, the Akbash Pyrenees is unlikely to have separation anxiety when their favorite people are away.

Akbash Pyrenees are often good natured and loving with their families. With that in mind, it’s still a good idea to work on socialization from a young age. Both of these breeds may be wary of strangers or other dogs.

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Akbash Pyrenees Health

While Akbash Pyrenees originating from responsible breeders are often healthy, there are some genetic predispositions towards health issues to be aware of with this crossbreed.

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Obesity
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Bloat

Akbash Pyrenees Care

The Akbash Pyrenees needs fairly strenuous exercise to feel truly successful. These dogs excel at a “job,” whether that’s herding or a sporting opportunity like dock diving. Ideally, this breed should receive (at least) an hour or so walk or hike daily. Additionally, they enjoy indoor or outdoor play like fetch or tug-of-war. The Akbash Pyrenees likes to roam, so they’re unlikely to be good fits for apartment living. 

Akbash Pyrenees Feeding

The Akbash Pyrenees should be fed a diet consistent with that of a large-sized breed with high energy levels. This breed can be prone to bloat, so consider using a slow feeder for this pup. Because all dogs are unique in their diet requirements, it’s best to consult your veterinarian to determine the best food to feed your pup.

Akbash Pyrenees Coat Color And Grooming

The Akbash Pyrenees’s coat needs regular maintenance. Their thick double coats are prone to matting, which can cause skin issues if left unchecked. Brushing should be done several times a week. Bathing is to be done on an as-needed basis, rarely more than once a month. For dog parents who are too busy for regular grooming, consideration should be given to routine dog grooming visits. Special attention should be paid to the ears and paws, which can easily hide mats. As with all dog breeds, be sure to check on nail maintenance.

Akbash Pyrenees Children And Other Pets

There are some factors to consider before adding the Akbash Pyrenees to your family. The breed is often good with children. They are patient and unlikely to grow mouthy. Additionally, with proper introduction, their background as a guardian breed makes them typically a good fit with small animals and cats. However, take introductions with other canines slowly. The Akbash Pyrenees can be just fine with other dogs, but at times they may have dominance issues.

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Akbash Pyrenees Rescue Groups

Dogs Time share there are no breed-specific rescues for the Akbash Pyrenees as they are a mixed breed. However, you can often find similar mixes up for adoption. If you are unable to find either of these breeds, given their rarity, consider a similar fit like the Australian Shepherd. Whatever the circumstances, try opening your home to a rescue pup.

Alva Thomas
Alva Thomas
Alva Thomas expert in training and caring for pet dog breeds. Whether he spending quality time with her own furry companions or contributing to websites such as Dogsbreed.org and Animalpet.com, dedicated to our canine.

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