This gentle giant is a reliable and formidable guard dog. The Moscow Watchdog is a recent cross breed that originated in the Soviet Union as a cross between a St Bernard and a Caucasian Shepherd. It’s an extremely popular dog in Russia, even today, but is not so famous elsewhere in the world. They are tall and strong dogs which can seem intimidating but if they are well trained they are completely trustworthy and safe.
Temperament and Character
This charming dog has the kind characteristics of the St Bernard and the alertness and attentiveness of the Caucasian Shepherd breed. It’s an amazing guard dog, but it’s also a brilliant family pet and will look after children and is very tolerant of their antics.
The Moscow Watchdog has an aloof character and is quite independent. They respond well to training but do not require constant attention like some other working breeds do. Due to the dog’s large size and incredible strength early socialisation is absolutely essential which means this may not be a great choice for inexperienced dog owners.
Lifespan and Health Issues to be Aware of.
This is generally a healthy breed with few health complaints. For large dogs they live fairly long lives with an average life expectancy of between 9 and 11 years. These dogs weigh in at a massive 100 to 150 pounds and stand at 2- 2 feet in height.
Consequently these dogs have big appetites and you’ll want to factor in the food bill when buying a Moscow Watchdog. Due to their size and broad deep chests they can be vulnerable to GVD (or Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus) but this can largely be prevented by feeding them from the floor as opposed to a raised bowl and not exercising them within 90 minutes of feeding.
Shedding and Grooming
The Moscow Watchdog has an extremely thick medium length coat, with the colouring of a St Bernard, that needs regular brushing. It’s also a breed that sheds a fair amount, but brushing and removing the dead hairs will minimise this. Their fur can also get very tangled if not brushed often enough so at least once a week is advised at a minimum. Annual flea treatments are recommended as well.
These dogs love to explore and roam about or go on long walks with you. They’re not ideal for apartments or city living but are great family pets and excellent guard dogs. Their kind and devoted characters and specialised breeding make these a truly unique dog.
|Life span:||9-11 years|
|Height:||25-27 inches (64-69 cm)|
|Weight:||100-150 pounds (45-68 kg)|
|Litter Size:||5-10 puppies|
|Puppy Price:||Average $600 - $800 USD|