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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
Weight: 100 to 160 lbs
Size: Height: males at least 25½ inches;
females at least 24½ inches
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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.
Good with other dogs?
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OK for inexperienced owners?
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Easy to train?
Known health problems:
Hip dysplasia, obesity, heart problems.
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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
Page Last Updated: February 1, 2018