Description of the Akhal-teke breed

How to recognize the thorough Akhal-Teke? It is often compared to the greyhound which originates from the same geographical areas.

Akhal-teké can be described in the following way:

The head: well proportioned, light, dry with broad cheeks, straight or slightly convex chamfer,
The neckline: grafted high on the shoulder. Long, straight, fine but broad at the base and muscular, pointed almost vertically; We note a mane very little provided and sometimes, the quasi absence of toupet,
The tourniquet: high, long and well out,
Back and kidney: straight and long,
The croup: slightly swallowed with a tail attached rather low,
The tail: little provided,
The shoulder: long and oblique attached to a chest often narrow,
The limbs: thin and dry legs, finished by very hard hoofs; There is almost no hair on the pastern.
Its silhouette is long, with a harbor of proud head, eyes slightly almond, very expressive, ears well drawn, always in alerts. It has a fine skin which some subjects possess the silky coat often has metallic reflections specific to the breed.

Raised for generations by being very close to the man, it also testifies of a great sensitivity. He expects a lot from man, he is a demanding horse, but he knows how to give more than he has received; conversely, if a man does not bring what he expects, he can show his discontent, Has sometimes earned him the status of a difficult horse.

In terms of measurements, akhal tekés are measured in the following way:

The height at the withers,
The length of the body, from the shoulder to the rump,
The thoracic circumference, taken at the level of the withers, at the withers,
The cannon turn, taken from an anterior.


Etalons (sur 187 chevaux)

Juments (sur 480 chevaux)





Hauteur au garrot (cm)





Longueur (cm)





Pourtour thoracique (cm)





Tour de canon (cm)





Source: MAAK - Stud Book X

The three types of akhal-teke

Over the last few decades, the breed has experienced a diversification linked to the change of biotopes and the sports orientations sought by Soviet farms in Russia and Kazakhstan.

The morphology is influenced to such an extent that the Stud-General of the lineages today defines three morphologies in the breed, corresponding to the progressive evolution of the original type of greyhound towards a more developed morphology conducive to sports performances.

The coat of the akhal-tekés

All dresses are represented except magpie. A golden reflection characterizes frequently accompanies the dresses berries, isabelles and palominos; The horses of gilded dress with metallic highlights are very sought after. Character: forged by the harsh conditions of his existence as both a horse of war and a desert horse, he is courageous, enduring, intelligent and lively.