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Meet the Breed--Caucasian Ovtcharka

Discussion in 'Dogs - all breeds / types' started by Sara, May 12, 2008.

  1. Sara

    Sara New Member

    Here is a link to a very informative site about the breed: http://www.courageouscaucasians.com/breedcharacteristics.htm

    The Caucasian Ovtcharka has moderate deep-set, dark eyes. The ears are densely covered with hair for insulation. The hips are slightly raised from the line of the back. The tail is profusely covered with a long feathering of heavy hair. The forelimbs are long, straight, and densely boned. The paws are large and heavy, with hair between the toes, providing excellent insulation and protection. The nose is black and prominent with well opened, large nostrils. The thick, dense, weather-resistant coat has profuse feathering and is especially effective at keeping out the cold. Puppy coats are finer then adult coats. Colors vary from gray, fawn, tan, pied, brindle and white. The FCI prohibits brown dogs. In its native country the Caucasian Ovtcharka's ears are cropped short.

    The Caucasian Ovtcharka's original purpose was to protect livestock. The typical Caucasian Ovtcharka is assertive, strong-willed, and courageous. Unless properly socialized and trained, the Caucasian Ovtcharka may exhibit ferocious and unmanageable tendencies. It is very brave, alert, strong and hardy. It distrusts people it does not know and it has a powerful urge to defend. Everything and everyone who belongs to the family, including children, cats, other dogs, etc, will be regarded by this dog as part of "its" family and will be respected and protected. This dog should not be left alone with children, because if play becomes too rough, the Caucasian Ovtcharka my feel the need to protect your child, and may do it extensively. It has no time for strangers, but it will greet family friends warmly. It can be rather dominate towards other dogs it does not know. Some German fanciers employ the dogs as foremost guardians and deterrents. This is not a dog for everyone. It requires an owner who knows how to display strong leadership and who is willing to spend a lot of time socializing and training.

    Height: 25-28 inches (64-72 cm.)
    Weight: 99-154 pounds (45-70 kg.)

    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 short-haired variety needs less grooming, but should still be combed and brushed.

    The Caucasian Ovtcharka is a flock guardian developed from pre-historic molasses in Caucasus by local herders. Caucasians are used to protect sheep from predators and thieves. These dogs always attract everybody’s attention due to outstanding working qualities and striking appearance. The lack of organized kennel clubs and written standards partly explains why the Caucasian Ovtcharka varied in type from country to country and even from locale to locale. 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 Ovtcharka is most popular in Russia. "Ovtcharka" means "sheepdog" in Russian. In Russia and other parts of the former Soviet Union, it is commonly shown at dog shows. In Hungary, Poland and the Czech and Slovak Republics, extensive breeding programs are ensuring that it remains a popular dog, even though its original use as a sheep guardian is declining. The Caucasian Ovtcharka arrived in East Germany in the late 1960's 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. Careful breeding in Germany safeguards the future of this cautious and independent dog. It is likely that as its popularity increases, breeders will selectively breed out some of the most fierce protective personalities.


  2. AC from TO

    AC from TO New Member

    Had the pleasure of meeting one of these regal dogs once. Sadly his stupid owner didn't consider that he was going to grow when he got him as a fluffy little fur ball. He was 8 mos old and massive when he was surrendered to my shelter. He was super super dominant and had to be handled with care. While I had the chance to make friends with him while his owner was still there he took issue with staff he didn't know. With a little work into him he was able to go to a much trusted rescue group and get the training needed to place him in a good 'working' home.

    All in all, loved this dog!
  3. Sara

    Sara New Member

    Nice to hear you got to meet one of these guys! They can get really messed up in the wrong hands but in the right hands...they are one HELL of an LGD!

    I myself have always been a VERY big Great Pyr. fan...even though the good ones are hard to find anymore...but after meeting these guys... OH MY GOD...their brains and size etc...you can't do better than this breed if you're lookin' to keep a flock of sheep or herd of cattle out of harms way...or even if you're just lookin' for a living breathing bear skin rug who'll do whatever it takes to keep YOU out of harms way. Meeting them in person and traveling with them over miles and all that jazz...I've CERTAINLY become a huge fan.


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