The Caucasian Ovcharka is one of the oldest dog breeds, whose age is about 2-2.5 thousand years, The homeland of these dogs was Urartu. They protected property and herds from attack by predators and opponents.
According to another version, the ancestors of the Caucasian Ovcharka were Tibetan mastiffs in ancient China. Nomads selected the best representatives of this breed. They had to be unpretentious in food, be resistant to climate change and be strong enough to fight with the wolfs. This led them to the Caucasus.
Later Caucasian Ovcharka became popular in USSR as a guard dog. In North America, Caucasian Ovcharka has also earned a reputation as an excellent guard.
The Caucasian Ovcharka has courage, strong will and loyalty. They have developed defender's instinct over the centuries. The distrust of strangers makes this breed an excellent guard dog. This dog may be aggressive but it is obedient and will always protect family members and pets. Moreover, these dogs can distinguish real danger from situations that do not pose any threat.
The Caucasian Ovcharka must be well socialized and trained. This resolute, intelligent breed will only respect the strong-willed owner. The owner should prove himself a leader so Caucasian Ovcharka will carry out all commands. The owner should not let the dog dominate during training exercises. It also will be better to avoid any inappropriate abuse of a puppy.
Usually the life span of a Caucasian breeds about 9-15 years. It is very important to ensure Ovcharka with proper care and choose the right conditions for it. An outdoor aviary will be a perfect place for long and happy life. The kennel will protect dog against rain, heat, snow and wind. The spacious territory will give the necessary freedom and let it watch what is happening around. The Caucasian Ovcarka should always have water and food.
The Caucasian Ovcharka is quite large. However, these dogs seem huge because of the very thick and lush coat. It has a long, dense coat and undercoat that require grooming. The owner should comb the hair of the Caucasian dog at least twice a week. Soft hair gets tangled up and in winter absorbs snow moisture. That is why important to trim long-haired gods from time to time. Once a year, the Caucasian Ovcharka molts. During this period, frequent combing and washing in warm water will help to cope with profuse hair loss.
Guardian Dog (UKC)
|Large to Giant
|25-28 inches (64-72 cm)
|99-154 pounds (45-70 kg)
|Average $1500 - $2000 USD