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Breeds of the world: Akhal-Teke

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Akhal Teke 3

 

By Equestrian Life

A national emblem of Turkmenistan, the Akhal-Teke is known for its distinct metallic coat.

 

Akhal Teke 4 - Photo Heather Abounader Photography

© Heather Abounader Photography



Valued for its speed, endurance and intelligence, the breed has adapted to severe climatic conditions and is thought to be one of the oldest domestic breeds in the world. There are currently about 6,600 Akhal-Tekes around the world, mostly in Turkmenistan and Russia, although they are also found throughout Europe and North America.

 

Akhal Teke 2

 

Akhal Teke 1

 

 

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