AJ is a gorgeous healthy young (under one year) old male Akbash in foster care needing adoption! Watch his video! Click the "read more" link below to read all about him!
Here is what AJ's foster family has to say about him:
Ajax ("AJ") is a magnificent male Akbash puppy approximately 11 months old, weighing 104 lbs. He was found in Grass Valley CA and rescued from a kill shelter in December. We are fostering him in Orange County, CALIF while he waits to find his forever home.
He is a tall dog (28 inches at the shoulder) who is still growing (he’s gained 10 pounds in two months). When he reaches his full growth, if he conforms to the breed standard, he will likely weigh around130 pounds and stand 31-32 inches at the shoulder, just a little shorter than a Great Dane. Thankfully, despite his great size, he is a very sweet, calm dog who likes to snooze and loves to be petted.
AJ is so gorgeous – we can’t count how many times people have stopped us to tell us what a beautiful dog he is! Of course, most people assume he is an overgrown white Lab or a Great Pyrenees with short hair and they are surprised to hear that he is a rare breed, the Akbash Dog. He has a wonderful personality – friendly to everyone, human, feline and canine. He is very good with little kids, who love to come up and pet him. Basically, anyone can come right up and pet him – we haven’t seen him growl at anyone or shy away in fear from a stranger. We walk him a lot in our neighborhood which has many dogs and he has not shown any signs of aggressiveness. We take him often to a big dog park, where he has been attacked several times by other dogs – a pit bull so mean his owner kept him on leash even in the dog park, a nasty Lab, a pit bull mix and (no joke) a vicious Chihuahua (big-dog owners have to worry about how their dogs will react to really nasty little dogs). In each case, AJ responded not with aggressiveness but with playfulness, without growling, barking or fighting or showing any signs of fear.
We have made sure to give him plenty of opportunity to socialize with other dogs – a necessity for young protector-breed dogs. AJ spends 8-9 hours a day on the weekdays at a dog play group with an ever-changing pack of 15-20 dogs. He gets plenty of socializing and play there. According to the people that run the group, AJ gets along with all the dogs, but especially like some energetic Boxers and Rottweilers that like rough
AJ is very trainable. He loves training sessions- he is eager to please and learns quickly! He is very good on leash now and walks calmly without excessive pulling – a nice feature in such a large dog. Because he is so good on leash while jogging, he would be a great dog for a runner! He does pull a bit when he sees rabbits and when he sees other dogs because he wants to greet them and play, but we are working on this. He is housetrained. He has learned “sit”, “down”, “stay”, “shake”, “on your bed” (i.e., go to your dog bed an lie down) and “no”. He has also learned not to go through a door to the outside without permission, to ring a bell when he wants to go outside and to climb into his seat in the car to be strapped in.
AJ loves to be outside. He is a good trail runner and can go off-leash for a ten-mile trail run in hilly terrain without a problem. He will come when called outside when off-leash, at least if he is not actively chasing a deer, rabbit or road runner. He is fine off-leash when he meets a human on the trail – he is so calm and tail-waggy that people to do not react with fear when he comes up.