An Akbash dog
|Other names||Akbaş Çoban Köpeği|
|Notes||Recognized by the Köpek Irkları ve Kinoloji Federasyonu (Turkish Kennel Club)|
National dog of Turkey
|Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)|
The Akbash Dog is a large breed (type) of dog which comes from Turkey. It has a white coat of fur. It was bred to protect sheep in the field from thieves and predators. While this dog has been used for this job in Turkey for many hundreds of years, it is not often found outside of Turkey. The Akbash Dog is closely related to other large, white dogs used to protect sheep, such as the Komondor and the Aidi.