Turkmenistan dedicates new national holiday to native dog breed

The holiday was established by President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov.

Turkmenistan dedicates new national holiday to native dog breed

The Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan has celebrated its new state holiday honouring the native Alabay dog breed.

President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov established the holiday to be observed on the same day that Turkmenistan lauds its Akhla-Teke horse, a breed known for its speed and endurance.

Mr Berdymukhamedov aims to make the Alabay as well-known as the horse.

A man and his Alabay dog (AP)
A man and his Alabay dog (AP)

Alabay, traditionally used for guarding livestock herds, are among the world’s largest dogs, weighing as much as 80 kilogrammes (175lb).

Turkmenistan Dog Day
(AP Photo)

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