Akbash Dog

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Akbash dog
Akbash dog image
An Akbash dog
Other names Akbaş Çoban Köpeği
Common nicknames Akbash
Origin Turkey
Traits
Weight Male 90–140 lb (41–64 kg)
Female 75–105 lb (34–48 kg)
Height Male 28–34 in (71–86 cm)
Female 27–32 in (69–81 cm)
Coat Medium or long double coat
Color White
Litter size 8 pups
Life span 11 years
Classification / standards
FCI Group Not recognized; KIF group 2
UKC Guardian Dog standard
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.