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Akbash Dog vs Anatolian Shepherd Dog vs Leonberger – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Akbash Dog vs Anatolian Shepherd Dog vs Leonberger" Compare Akbash Dog and Anatolian Shepherd Dog. Which is better: Akbash Dog or Anatolian Shepherd Dog or Leonberger?
Name Akbash Dog Anatolian Shepherd Dog Leonberger
OriginsTurkey Turkey Germany
Group Guard Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Working Dogs
Popularity Rank19286100
Reviews121
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Other Names Akbash dog, Akbaş Çoban Köpeği, Coban Kopegi
Turkish Shepherd
Coban Kopegi, Karabash Dog, Kara Bas, Kangal Dog, Kham Kepiji Dogs, Scandinavian Nygaard Dogs Leo, Gentle Lion, Gentle Giant, Leonbergi
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1996 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry
America's Pet Registry
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
National Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
American Canine Association, Inc.
No set American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
Price $500-$700 $500-$600 $1500-$2000

General Appearance - Akbash Dog vs Anatolian Shepherd Dog vs Leonberger

Size Large Large Giant
Weight Male: 90–140 pounds (41–64 kg), Female: 75–105 pounds (34–48 kg) Male: 100-150 pounds (45-68 kg), Female: 90-130 pounds (41-59 kg) Male: 130-170 pounds (59-77 kg), Female: 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 115 pounds (52,5 kg), Female: 90 pounds (41 kg) Male: 125 pounds (56.5 kg), Female: 110 pounds (50 kg) Male: 150 pounds (68 kg), Female: 115 pounds (52 kg)
Height Male: 28–32 inches (71–81 cm), Female: 27–30 inches (69–76 cm) Male: 28-30 inches (71-76 cm), Female: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm) Male: 29-31 inches (74-80 cm), Female: 27-29 inches (61-74 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 30 inches (76 cm), Female: 28,5 inches (72,5 cm) Male: 29 inches (73.5 cm), Female: 27 inches (68.5 cm) Male: 30 inches (77 cm), Female: 28 inches (67.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Akbash Dog vs Anatolian Shepherd Dog vs Leonberger

Coat Thick
Smooth
Fine Waterproof
Colors White Biscuit
White
Brindle
Liver
Blue
Fawn
Red
Red
Sandy
Reddish
Brown
Yellow
Mahogany
Grooming
Average: The Akbash Dog requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Anatolian Shepherd Dog doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The Leonberger requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Akbash Dogs shed moderately.
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are heavy shedders.
Leonbergers are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Akbash Dog vs Anatolian Shepherd Dog vs Leonberger

Temperament Affectionate
Alert
Courageous
Independent
Intelligent
Loyal
Bold
Independent
Proud
Confident
Intelligent
Steady
Adaptable
Fearless
Loyal
Companionable
Loving
Obedient
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Leonberger's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Akbash Dogs are quite easy to train.
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are quite easy to train.
Leonbergers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Akbash Dogs are not the most playful dog breed.
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Leonberger is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Akbash Dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Akbash Dogs are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Leonbergers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Akbash Dogs are kinda antisocial.
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are kinda antisocial.
Leonbergers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Akbash Dog barks occasionally.
Average: The Anatolian Shepherd Dog barks occasionally.
Low: The Leonberger barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Akbash Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
Leonbergers are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Akbash Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Leonbergers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Akbash Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
High
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog has a high chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Leonberger has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Akbash Dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Leonbergers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Akbash Dog is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog is strong enough to escape from home.
Leonbergers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Akbash Dogs have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Leonbergers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Akbash Dogs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Leonbergers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Akbash Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Leonbergers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Akbash Dogs handle alone time quite well.
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs handle alone time quite well.
Leonbergers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Akbash Dog vs Anatolian Shepherd Dog vs Leonberger

Stranger Friendly
Akbash Dogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are not stranger friendly dogs.
Leonbergers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Akbash Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Leonbergers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Akbash Dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Leonbergers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Akbash Dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are not dog-friendly.
Leonbergers are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Akbash Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Anatolian Shepherd Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Leonberger is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Akbash Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are not the best breed for elderly people.
Leonbergers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Akbash Dogs are generally with other pets.
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Leonbergers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Akbash Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Leonbergers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Akbash Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Anatolian Shepherd Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Leonberger breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Akbash Dog vs Anatolian Shepherd Dog vs Leonberger

Health Issues
Akbash Dogs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are commonly healthy dogs.
Leonbergers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Bloat
Epilepsy
Heart Problems
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Luxating Patella
Umbilical Hernias
No set Addison's Disease
Bloat
Cancer
Ectropion
Elbow Dysplasia
Entropion
Eosinophilic Panosteitis
Hip Dysplasia
Inherited Polyneuropathy
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 10-13 years 8-10 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Akbash Dogs have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Leonbergers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Akbash Dogs exercise need is minimal.
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs have an average exercise need.
Leonbergers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Akbash Dogs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Anatolian Shepherd Dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Leonbergers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 3-4 cup high-quality commercial dog food (that is formulated for large-breed dogs), divided into two meals. 4 to 7 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Akbash Dog can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Leonberger can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Akbash Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Leonberger has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Akbash Dog is an average drooler.
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is an average drooler.
The Leonberger is an average drooler.

Reproducibility - Akbash Dog vs Anatolian Shepherd Dog vs Leonberger

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 6-8 puppies 5-10 puppies 6-8 puppies

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