| Update: Thor is again looking for a new home. Most recently he was adopted out to live on a mini-donkey ranch where he was able to be with his person 24/7 and enjoyed a huge fenced yard but despite the fact that his foster mom loves him dearly it is clear that it is not going to be the best match for him. He is a very big boy that will need someone that will be able to work with the puppy like behavior he is showing in the home. He has started chewing up items in the home and is attempting to play and mouth and his mom does not feel that she knows how to correct the behavior although we feel that with refresher training he could get past both issues as he is very sweet and eager to please. Although he is a wonderful boy who has never done so before, recently a visitor attempted to take his bone away from him and when Thor growled the gentleman then yelled at him and Thor unfortunately bit his hand. Truly Thor is a very soulful and sweet giant, and we are hoping to find him a new rural home with someone that will recognize what a fantastic dog that he is and is willing and able to be his confidant yet loving leader.
Former Bio written before 2nd and most recent adoption:
Thor is looking for a new rural home ! We do want to stress that Thor is looking for a home as an only dog, and would need to live on a property where having to interact with them, even in passing would not be necessary.
This beautiful boy was initially adopted to a loving family, but it became clear that he really would do best in a rural setting, which is to be expected for the breed. He bonded quickly and deeply to his family, which included children, cats and even one small dog. He slept in their room at night and loved being with them.
Much like Great Pyrenees, Akbash were breed to protect flocks from predators and are known for their gentle temperaments with all that they were raised to be included in their "family flock", but also their bravery when protecting them from a perceived threat. While in his first family Thor never showed any aggression to any PEOPLE outside of his family unit, all dogs encountered on walks around "his" neighborhood, or living in adjoining yards were viewed as wolves outside the door. Because they lived in the city, the family had difficulty even taking him for walks because of this. They were both gone for long hrs, and although he had access to a yard he would get restless and bark from stress. He does not do this here at the sanctuary and likely would not in a home where he had more time with his people and was not stressed by his surroundings.
Thor is a wonderful dog, who is looking for a loving home that will provide him with the rural property that he longs for, without feeling the constant need to keep away unknown dogs. This behavior did not start until he had established who his family was and what animals were included in the circle. In a city environment the barriers/fences/leashes, coupled with his natural inner drive to patrol his property and keep his family safe did not make for a good combination. Thor is a loyal, loving and fantastic dog who is looking for his place in the world. We are looking for a home for him in the country, where he can sleep inside and be part of the family, but also have room to roam and let down his guard. We do want to stress that Thor has shown strong aggression towards other dogs, beyond the very small dog he lived with in the past. At this point we feel that Thor would need a home where he is an only dog, who does not have neighboring dogs near by.
Update: Thor showed no prey drive towards the livestock here at the sanctuary and after being returned from the first family then spent some time in a foster home where he did not show a prey drive towards their chickens or sheep. He was not allowed free access to them for safety reasons, but he showed no interest whatsoever in the chickens inside the coop and play bowed at the sheep. He did well with the two cats in the home as well. Thor does need secure fencing if left alone in the yard. He will sleep peacefully through the night in a crate(or loose) and has good house manners. Please send applications for Thor to email@example.com