The Akbash, Turkish: Akbaş, is a traditional Turkish breed or type of flock guardian dog from western Anatolia. The word 'Akbaş' means 'white head', and thus distinguishes this dog from the Karabaş, or 'black head'.: 33  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.
|Other names||Akbaş Çoban Köpeği|
|Notes||recognised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of Turkey|
|Dog (domestic dog)|
The Akbash is a traditional breed of livestock guardian dog, used to protect flocks from predators in the rugged terrain of western Anatolia.: 90 It is distributed mainly in the provinces of Afyon, Ankara, Eskişehir and Manisa; some are present in the provinces of Agri, Konya, Sivas and Tunceli.: 7 : 5
A 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.: 5 : 8 
The Akbash is a flock guardian dog, providing protection from predators to shepherds and to their sheep; it does not have any herding ability.: 7 It is large and powerful dog:: 406 mean body weight is approximately 45 kg, and mean height at the withers just over 75 cm.: 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.: 70 : 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.: 406 There is considerable feathering behind the legs, and the tail is heavily feathered.: 70