Two rare breed mixes are residing at the Montgomery County Humane Society:
The first is a gorgeous Akbash mix. “The Akbash Dog is thought to be a Turkish version of a white livestock guardian breed similar to those found in and around the northern Mediterranean Basin…developed at least 3000 years ago.” (Wikipedia) The Akbash is a true working dog, bred to live with and protect livestock. It is an especially independent breed that takes its “job” very seriously. Unlike a herding dog, the Akbash will only herd and/or chase their flock if danger is imminent. They are known to be tall with strong bodies; and are remarkably flexible for their size. “The Akbash personality tends to be calm and aware. As a breed, it is not shy, nor is it aggressive.” (Wikipedia)
Let me introduce you to an Akbash mix, who is yet unnamed, (Tag: 270, ID: 351678):
I came to the shelter as a stray. I didn’t have any identification of any kind, but I did have some health issues. The vet found that I was suffering from lyme disease, which I most likely caught from a tick, for which I am receiving treatment with antibiotics. I felt better within a few days, which was a great relief. I should be free of lyme disease within 3 to 4 weeks of beginning treatment. But my new owner need be aware that the symptoms could recur; and an additional round of antibiotics could be necessary. I also have some dental issues, which are also being treated through extraction of the involved teeth. The people at the shelter say I’m about 4 years old, which means I have a lot of life left in me! Some say that I am very beautiful, in an elegant sort of way. The breed I am mixed with, the Akbash, usually work with livestock. I’m not a herding dog, but I am a protector of my group. Predators don’t have a chance with me on guard; but if a newborn baby lamb or goat needs me, I am known for my kind and gentle disposition. These characteristics will make me a wonderful “one-dog household family pet”. I promise to be a loyal family member who can always be counted on. I really need a family so I can get back to “working”. I’m nothing without a family to look after!
Our second unusual breed is a mix of Kemmer Cur and Beagle. “Originally part of a breed called “Original Mountain Curs”, it is said that Mountain curs date back to European hunting dogs brought to Tennessee by settlers in the 19th century.” (www.dogbreedinfo.com) A gentleman named Robert Kemmer bred the Kemmer Stock Mountain Cur for their superior hunting abilities. Although the AKC doesn’t recognize the breed because “cur” means crossbreed in its vocabulary, the United Kennel Club did register the breed in 1991. Since then, the Kemmer Cur has been mixed with many other breeds; and is only recognized as a true Kemmer Cur if it has more than 75% Kemmer stock lines.
Let me introduce you to a Kemmer Cur/Beagle mix, John Sparrow, (Tag: 141, ID#: 350935)
When you see my photo, just know that it absolutely does not do me justice! I had only been at the shelter for a little while, and I was still getting adjusted to my new “lifestyle”. I’m usually very upbeat and friendly; and I’m a real “ladies-man”, if I do say so myself. Consequently, I’d really prefer to live with a kind lady that would enjoy brushing my soft, tan coat. I’m only 5 years old; and neutered and crate-trained, which are two major plusses when you are “dog-shopping”. I promise I’d make a great companion and watch-dog. My hunting, treeing, and tracking abilities give me a “heads-up” as a watch-dog to many other breeds. So if you are looking for a handsome man to accompany you on walks, drives, or a cozy evening at home by the TV, I’m the man for you. All I need is a second chance at a “forever home”.
Please come to the shelter and meet the Akbash mix, Tag #270, or Jack Sparrow, Tag #141. And if these aren’t the dogs for you, please know that the MCHS has lots of other pure-bred and mixed breed dogs that would make a wonderful addition to a loving family.
http://www.mchumane.org; Montgomery County Humane Society, 240-773-5960, 14645 Rothgeb Drive, Rockville, Maryland, 20850, Hours to visit: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: noon – 7 pm. Closed Wednesdays. Sat & Sun: noon – 5 pm.