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Appearance, Temperament, and Breed Characteristics: The Akbash Dog is an elegant rare breed from Western Turkey. The name stems from the Turkish word “akbas” meaning “white head”. Akbash Dogs are intelligent, emotionally sensitive flock guardians that were developed 3000 years ago to fend off wolves and bears which threatened flocks of sheep and goats in Turkey. Any dog not strong enough, cunning enough, or aware enough of its surroundings did not survive in this harsh environment. Survival under such harsh and primitive conditions has created a tough, powerful breed capable of dominating an inexperienced owner or individual with little knowledge of canine behavior and the working dog mentality.
Buying a Puppy from a breeder
Puppies are adorable bundles of wagging tails, soft eyes and warm puppy kisses that pull at your heartstrings, begging you to take them home. As difficult as it may sometimes be, the choice of a puppy should not be made on the spur of the moment. Doing so has often resulted in the acquisition of a dog that does not meet the expectations of his owner. Many times these dogs are eventually resold and, unfortunately, some end up in the pound. Indeed, this is not the fault of the poor puppy; the uneducated owner is to blame.
Before buying a puppy, talk to several owners about the breed you are interested in, gather information and make an informed choice. Each breed was developed for a specific function and, as a result, their personality and traits may not match your lifestyle. Be sure to become completely familiar with the breed you are interested in before deciding to buy a puppy. Remember, your puppy is depending on you to care for and love him for life.
Dog Rescue National Animal Welfare Trust
Members of the public who want to adopt a dog or puppy from one of the Trusts Centres must first satisfy the Trust that it is likely to be a successful relationship, and that a lasting partnership will be established between the dog and it’s new owner
Matching details of the home and family as well as their expectations of their proposed dog or puppy is a must. This information is compared with the characteristics of the dogs that the Trust has available.
The homing process may take up to three weeks before the dog will be able to leave with it’s new owner. During this time, owners and their family will be expected to visit, spending time with the dog or puppy to form a bond.
Every potential new home is carefully vetted by a team of volunteer home-checkers before being re-housed. The homing procedure is only complete when they are certain that there is a very good match. Before being homed, both puppies and dogs are vaccinated, micro-chipped and neutered.
New owners take the dog on the understanding that if things don’t work out the dog must be returned to the Trust. Where they have no history of a dog, they will not normally re-home dogs to families with young children.
Inevitably some dogs are with the Trust for a long time, some even for the rest of their natural lives. An absolute rule of the Trust is that no healthy dog is ever put to sleep.
The Joy of Breeding Your Own Show Dog
Now back in print by popular demand-the only breeding book endorsed by top breeders
The bible of quality dog breeding, this guide is a must-have for novice and veteran breeders alike, covering everything from developing a viable breeding program based on pedigrees and genetics to whelping, raising, and socializing puppies. Now back in print with a new foreword by AKC Breeder of the Year Wendall Sammett, this book has long been the reference of choice for successful dog breeders.
Ann Seranne cobred and/or owned sixty-two Yorkshire Terrier champions, six Standard Poodle champions, and two Shih Tzu champions.
Explains the fundamentals of genetics, modern breeding systems, care of puppies and pregnant dogs, and how to evaluate young dogs according to breeding standards.
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