Thinking about purchasing an Central Asian Ovtcharka? 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 Central Asian Ovtcharka 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 Central Asian Ovtcharka 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 Central Asian Ovtcharka 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 Central Asian Ovtcharka 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 Central Asian Ovtcharka and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Central Asian Ovtcharka Profile
The Central Asian Shepherd Dog is a large, strong, muscular dog by appearance. Ears and tail are cropped at an early age to help with the dogs ability to fight off predators, which the breed has done for centuries. They are not recommended as companion pets, but need strong and firm instruction for guarding. They are friendly towards family, but wary of strangers and do not welcome other dogs. They are intelligent and easily trained. Many versions of this breed exist, some sources say up to ten different varieties of Asian Ovtcharkas are out there. The body is large and well-proportioned, being slightly longer than it is tall. The muzzle is deep and blunt with a large wet nose. The ears are originally drop, but are most often cropped very short, as well as the tail. This gives the dog the look of a bear. They have a profuse double coat, which holds a top coat which is thick with many different colors and an undercoat that is soft and abounding. This breed is independent in nature and aloof. Some sources state that the Central Asian Ovtcharka is catlike in behavior. The Central Asian Shepherd Dog is a loyal, fearless dog with the ability to protect flock and family.
Other Names: Turkmen Alabai, Mid Asian Shepherd Dog, Central Asian Sheepdog, Shepherd dog, Asiatic Mastiff, one of the Russian Sheepdogs.
Height: 23 - 28 inches.
Color: Varied. All colors except liver
or blue. Black, white, grey, fawn or brindle, with or without white markings.
Temperament: The Central Asian Shepherd
Dog is calm, protective, and dominant with an active defense drive. They are
highly guardian dogs, strong-willed and not suitable simply as pets. They are
confident, intelligent, and fearless. They remain wary with strangers but affectionate
and loyal to family. They are often aggressive towards other dogs, and have
been known to be catlike in behavior.
Watch-dog: High - nocturnal barker. They
are very suspicious of strange people or animals.
Central Asian Ovcharka Care and Exercise:
Low maintenance for coat is required. Brushing should occur regularly, as well
Central Asian Ovcharka Health Issues: There are no known diseases to this breed. Hip and elbow dysplasia are possible concerns for the Central Asian Shepherd Dog.
Life Span: 11 - 15 years.
Country of Origin: Central Asian Republics
of the Former USSR
First Registered FCI: 1925
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