This is Turkey’s breed of dog that is largely thought to be a crossbreed between the Molosser and Sight hound breed of dogs. It was traditionally kept for the purpose of guarding livestock and in particular sheep and goats. Unlike other dogs, the Akbash dog does not direct livestock but rather only offers protection from predators.
It is known for its high sense of intelligence, loyalty and bravery. It particularly has a deep sense of smell and can easily take note of predators far away. When guarding livestock, the dog tends to lie down from view, only watching what happens around. Although it may appear to be sleeping, it is always alert.