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Caucasian Ovcharka

Also known as: Caucasian Mountain Dog, Caucasian Sheepdog, Caucasian Shepherd Dog, Caucasian Owtcharka, Kawkasky Owtscharka, Kaukasische Schaferhund

Breed origin: Russia
Original purpose: Livestock guardian.

AKC recognized: No
AKC group: Foundation Stock Service

Size: Weight: 100 to 160 lbs
Size: Height: males at least 25½ inches; females at least 24½ inches
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General characteristics/temperament: The Caucasian Ovcharka is strong, hardy, alert, intelligent, faithful, protective, calm, strong-willed, and tolerant of a wide range of climates. They are guardians by nature, and are typically very suspicious of strangers and ferocious when defending their territory and family from any real or perceived danger. They have very keen senses and will give warning barks and growls when they pick up any changes in their surroundings. This breed is slow to mature and headstrong, and requires a very experienced owner who can provide extensive socialization and training to prevent excessive aggressiveness.

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Good with other dogs? No

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? Yes

OK for inexperienced owners? No

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Intelligent? Yes

Easy to train? No

Known health problems: Hip dysplasia, obesity, heart problems.

Additional photos of Caucasian Ovcharka

Recommended books for further reading:

Caucasian Mountain Dog (A Comprehensive Owners Guide)
By Stacey L. G. Kubyn and Isabelle Francais
Published in 2005
160 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
American Association of Caucasian Ovcharka Owners
Wikipedia breed information page
American Association of Caucasian Ovcharka Owners Rescue

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