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Akbash Puppies

Akbash Puppies, The Akbash (TurkishAkbaş), is a traditional Turkish breed or type of flock guardian dog from western Anatolia.[3] The word akbaş means ‘white head’, and thus distinguishes this dog from the Karabaş, or ‘black head’.[4]: 33 [5] It was recognised by the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs in 2006; it is under the tutelage of the Köpek Irkları ve Kinoloji Federasyonu, the Turkish dog breed society, but is not recognised by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale.[3][6]


The Akbash is a traditional breed of livestock guardian dog, used to protect flocks from predators in the rugged terrain of western Anatolia.[2]: 90  It is distributed mainly in the provinces of AfyonAnkaraEskişehir and Manisa; some are present in the provinces of AğrıKonyaSivas and Tunceli.[1]: 7 [7]: 5 

standard was published by the Turkish Standards Institution in 2002, and in 2006 the Akbash was recognised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs; it was added to the list of recognised native breeds and types, and the breed standard was published in the Resmi Gazete, the official government gazette.[7]: 5 [8][9]: 8 [10]


The Akbash is a flock guardian dog, providing protection from predators to shepherds and to their sheep; it does not have any herding ability.[1]: 7  It is large and powerful dog:[11]: 406  mean body weight is approximately 45 kg, and mean height at the withers just over 75 cm.[1]: 6 

The coat may be either long or of medium length; it is always double, and is usually white, though there may be some shading towards a biscuit colour.[12]: 70 [11]: 406  As with other white-coated flock guardian dogs, the white coat makes it easy for the shepherd to distinguish between the dog and a predator, even in the dark.[11]: 406  There is considerable feathering behind the legs, and the tail is heavily feathered.[12]: 70 


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  2. Jump up to:a b c d Tamsin Pickeral (2014). Dogs Unleashed. San Diego: Thunder Bay Press. ISBN 9781626860681.
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  7. Jump up to:a b Orhan Yılmaz, Mehmet Ertuğrul, R. Trevor Wilson (2012). The domestic livestock resources of Turkey: breed descriptions and status of guard and hunting dogs. In: 63rd Annual Meeting of the EAAP, pages 27–31.
  8. ^ [s.n.] (2002). Akbaş Turk Coban Kopegi Standardi, TS 12891(=Turkish Akbash Shepherd Dog Standard, number 12891). Turk Standartlari Enstitusu/Turkish Standards Institution. Ankara: TSE Matbaasi.
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hidevteDogs originating in Turkey
AkbashAksaray MalaklisiKangalKarsRize KoyunTonya FinosuZerdava
hidevteLivestock guardian dogs
Afghan ShepherdAidiAkbashAksaray MalaklisiArmenian Gampr dogAppenzeller Mountain DogBakharwal dogBernese Mountain DogBucovina Shepherd DogBuryat-Mongolian WolfhoundCão de Castro LaboreiroCão de Gado TransmontanoCarpathian Shepherd DogCaucasian Shepherd DogCentral Asian Shepherd DogEntlebucher Mountain DogEstrela Mountain DogGaddi KuttaGeorgian ShepherdGreater Swiss Mountain DogGreek ShepherdHimalayan SheepdogHovawartKangal Shepherd DogKarakachan dogKarsKarst ShepherdKomondorKoyun dogKuvaszLandseerLeonbergerMaremmano-Abruzzese SheepdogMoscow WatchdogMucuchiesNewfoundlandPerro de Pastor MallorquinPerro MajoreroPshdar dogPyrenean MastiffPyrenean Mountain DogRafeiro do AlentejoRomanian Mioritic Shepherd DogRomanian Raven Shepherd DogSt BernardSarabi dogSardinian Shepherd DogŠarplaninacSlovensky CuvacSpanish MastiffSouth Russian OvcharkaTatra Shepherd DogTibetan Kyi ApsoTibetan MastiffTornjakVikhan
 = Descended from and closely related to livestock guardian dogs, but traditionally used in other roles