Thinking about purchasing an Caucasian Mountain Dog? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Caucasian Mountain Dog breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Caucasian Mountain Dog owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Caucasian Mountain Dog and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Caucasian Mountain Dog Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Caucasian Mountain Dog and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Caucasian Mountain Dog Breed Profile
The Caucasian Mountain Dog is not for everyone! This specialized working breed is very headstrong and requires an owner who is also very strong in mind and body and who has the time and self-discipline to provide proper socialization and firm but inducive training. The Caucasian Mountain Dog is strong-minded, well-balanced, and even-tempered. They are peaceful with family, but protective of family toward unwelcome visitors. It is territorial and suspicious of strangers, and will protect its flock, family, and property from danger with lightning-quick speed. Often sneaking up on victims quietly, the Caucasian Owtcharka has the inherited trait of being able to recognize real threats from artificial ones. Due to an increasing popularity of Kavkaski Ovcars in Russia and lack of sheep guarding dogs, they will probably be bred for more amiable personality rather than abilities in the future. Caucasian Mountain Dogs are large with square heads and a thick feathering of their short, medium or long-length coat. Caucasian Ovcharkas change fur length from region to region, depending on how cold the climate is. They have a double coat that can be grey, white, cream, fawn or tan. Russians suggest approaching this dog with caution, as they can be quite ferocious.
Other Names: Caucasian Owtcharka, Caucasian Sheepdog, Kavkaski Ovcar, Kavkaz Dog, Kavkaz Mastiff, Kavkaz Volkodav, Kavkazskaya Ovcharka, Kaukasische, Ovtcharka, Sage Ghafghazi, Volkodav, Nagazi (Georgian Republic), Gampr (Armenia), Schaferhund
Height: Minimum 24 - 26 inches. Usually
25 - 28 inches.
Color: Any color, but grey is preferred.
They can be grey, tan, fawn, white, brindle and/or piebald. Any color except
for brown is allowable.
Temperament: Kaukasisches are self-determined
and very intelligent. Territorial and protective, they are unafraid of threats.
They are strong, confident, fearless and independent. They are able to distinguish
real threats from unreal. They are bold, even-tempered and loyal to family.
Calm around their own family, but very protective towards strangers. Trainable
and territorial, The Caucasian Mountain Dog makes an excellent, reliable protection
Watch-dog: Very High. The Caucasian Mountain
Dog has a keen sense of hearing and is quick to alert to strange sounds. This
means that the breed is often noisy and barks a lot, especially at night.
Caucasian Mountain Dog Care and Exercise:
Should be included in family activities. Frequent brushing, routine bathing
and nail clipping. Sheds twice a year. Mental activities will help keep this
breed's mind active and engaged, as well as physical activities.
Caucasian Mountain Dog Health Issues: Vigorously healthy. Possible health concerns include hip dysplasia, obesity.
Life Span: 10 - 12 years.
Country of Origin: Russia, Caucasus Mountain
First Registered by the AKC: AKC Foundation
Stock Service (AKC Foundation Stock Service - not yet eligible for the AKC)
Caucasian Mountain Dogs
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