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Akbash Rottie Dog Breed Pictures, Characteristics and Facts

Follow the article below on the website Dogsbreed.org to learn about the Akbash Rottie dog breed: Origin, physical characteristics, personality, health status and how to care for this dog breed!

Akbash Rottie

The Akbash Rottie is a large and eager-to-please new crossbreed that’s unknown by many. A mix between the elegant Akbash and the faithful Rottweiler, this newer cross is sure to keep winning hearts for years to come.

The Akbash Rottie’s parent breeds are both beloved for many reasons. The Akbash’s claim to fame is livestock guarding. Breeders originally used Rottweilers for cart-pulling. Because of their larger size and tendency for beefy-ness (we mean this in the cutest way), the Rottweiler has a reputation — somewhat unfairly — almost solely as a guard dog. Unsurprisingly, the Akbash Rottie fairs on the larger side. They also boast a strong personality. However, for the right dog parent, they can be amazingly devoted companions.

The Akbash Rottie’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 breed mix is, they might not be recognized by shelters and may simply be listed as a mix.

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Akbash and Rottweiler Pictures

Akbash Rottie
(Photo Credit Left to Right: JazzIRT/Getty, Manuela Strombach-Gauss/EyeEm/Getty)

Akbash Rottie Highlights

  • The Akbash Rottie takes easier trainability from the Rottweiler, along with a strong work ethic from both parent breeds.
  • The Akbash Rottie can come in a variety of colors, where the Akbash is solely white.
  • Akbash Rotties are loyal and often easily trainable, but not for beginner dog parents. They can be strong-willed and have issues with guarding. With improper training, this can become reactivity to new people or dogs.

Akbash Rottie History

The Akbash Rottie 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 Rottweiler originated in Germany, first used for pulling carts. Their incredible strength and trainability continued to be valued, and today they are often used as guard dogs. This has led to an unfair reputation of “meanness.” Often, aggressive Rottweilers act this way due to their training. Both of these breeds are respected for their loyalty, independent natures, and willingness to follow commands — with proper training.

Akbash Rottie Size

The Akbash Rottie is a large breed that can easily surpass 100 pounds. The Akbash has a slimmer build than the buff Rottweiler, but also stands taller; a mix of the two breeds may favor either parent. Additionally, their thick coat can give them an even larger appearance. They come in variations of tan, white, and black, with most colors contributed by the Rottweiler (the Akbash is solely white).

Akbash Rottie Personality

The Akbash Rottie is loyal and enjoys spending time with family. However, they are also good at occupying themselves. With adequate exercise and enrichment, the Akbash Rottie is unlikely to have separation anxiety when their favorite people are away. However, they do grow bored easily, so be sure that they are occupied. It may be a good idea to hire a dog walker to give the Akbash Rottie extra opportunities to burn off energy during a work day.

Akbash Rotties 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. They are also prone to guarding behavior which may manifest in nuisance barking, growling, or lunging without training. 

Akbash Rottie Health

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

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Bloat
  • Elbow Dysplasia

Akbash Rottie Care

The Akbash Rottie needs fairly strenuous exercise to feel satisfied. These dogs excel at a “job,” whether that’s herding or a sporting opportunity like dock diving. Due to the Rottweiler’s history, they may excel at more intense dog sports like weight pulling. 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 Rottie likes to roam and play and also vocalize when bored, so they’re unlikely to be good fits for apartment living.

Akbash Rottie Feeding

The Akbash Rottie 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. Additionally, their high energy and drive may make enriching toys like puzzle feeders great for the Akbash Rottie. 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.

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Akbash Rottie Coat Color And Grooming

The Akbash Rottie’s coat needs regular maintenance. The coat can favor either parent. However, it’s likely to fall somewhere in between, meaning they often will have a thicker double coat. Both breeds are known to be big shedders. 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 Rottie Children And Other Pets

There are some factors to consider before adding the Akbash Rottie to your family. The breed is often good with children; the biggest concern is accidentally bowling over a smaller child. They are patient but large. 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 Rottie can be just fine with other dogs, but at times they may have dominance issues.

Akbash Rottie Rescue Groups

There are no breed-specific rescues for the Akbash Rottie 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 Doberman Pinscher or Anatolian 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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