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Monday, June 02, 2014

Caucasian Shepherd Dog

The Caucasian Shepherd Dog (Armenian: "Kovkasyan hovvashun", Azerbaijani: Qafqaz Iti, Georgian: "Kavkasiuri nagazi", Ossetian: Arghonaq, Russian: Kavkazskaïa Ovcharka) is a breed of dog that is popular in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Northern Caucasusian area. Also known as Caucasian Ovcharka. Caucasian Shepherd Dogs are strongly-boned, muscular.

Height: 25 - 28 inches Weight: 99 - 154 pounds
Lifespan: 10-12 years

The thick, dense, weather-resistant coat has profuse feathering and is especially effective at keeping out the cold. There are two coat varieties: short and long. The coat of the long-haired variety requires frequent brushings, paying special attention to the spots where tangles may occur. The shorthaired variety needs less grooming, but should still be combed and brushed.

Caucasians are used to protect sheep from predators and thieves. These dogs always attract everybody’s attention due to outstanding working qualities and a striking appearance. For centuries, flocks of sheep have existed in Caucasia, the mountainous land mass between the Black and Caspian seas and neighboring Turkey and Iran. Dogs similar to this superb guardian have protected these sheep from both humans and animal predators for at least 600 years. The Caucasian Shepherd is most popular in Russia. "Ovtcharka" means "sheepdog" in Russian. The Caucasian Ovtcharka arrived in East Germany in the late 1960s to serve as a border patrol dog, especially along the Berlin Wall. In 1989, when the Wall came down, the 7,000-strong band of patrol dogs was dispersed. Many of these dogs were given new homes with families throughout Germany.

This dog will fiercely protect whoever he believes is his family (including children, other dogs and even cats) but will attack everyone else. This is not a breed for first time owners. It is for experienced dog owners only who can dedicate a lot of time to train and socialise this majestic breed. The Caucasian Ovcharka as he is also known are natural protectors who will happy fight and take down any intruders be it human, wolves or even bears. They are a working breed and need to have a job to do to keep busy. This is an intelligent breed. However, he must be properly trained as an uncontrollable Caucasian Shepherd Dog is extremely dangerous. He may be stubborn and unwilling to learn but you must be in control at all times. The Caucasian Ovcharka is very strong so definitely not suitable to be taken out on walks by children or the elderly. He has boundless energy and will quite happily go ten miles without showing any signs of exhaustion. The Caucasian Shepherd Dog is a natural protector. He attacks by running at the intruder and knocking them to the floor before attacking them whilst they are down. This mountain dog instinctively knows where the most vulnerable part of his victim's body is and will aim for there. He also stands on his back legs to reach over six feet in height in order to attack someone's face.

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