Dog Breed

Caucasian Shepherd Dog

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Full Name
Caucasian Shepherd Dog
Alternate Names
Caucasian Ovcharka, Caucasian Sheepdog, Kawkasky Owtscharka, and Kaukasische Schaferhund
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Life Span
10 - 12 years
Weight
80 - 220 pounds
Description

The Caucasian Shepherd dog is a serious guardian breed. They are devoted to protecting and are often used by the police in prisons and by military. They are bold and fearless and it is no wonder that they were bred for protecting from wolves and bears.

Origin
Russia
Georgia
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bred For
protecting properties from trespassers, guarding livestock from large and small predators such as wolves and coyotes
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Family Considerations
Child Friendly

Is the Caucasian Shepherd Dog good with children? Nearly all dogs enjoy playing with small children, but some can play too rough, or be a bit careless. In some cases dogs can get jealous of small children, or try and "herd" them due to their natural instincts.

Stranger Friendly

Is the Caucasian Shepherd Dog friendly with strangers? Getting a dog that is friendly with people really depends on what your lifestyle is. Dogs who are more cautious with strangers oftentimes make good guard dogs, which can be a great fit for some owners. If you are social, live in the city, or frequently have guests over, you may want to consider getting a stranger friendly dog.

Dog Friendly

Is the Caucasian Shepherd Dog friendly with other dogs? Of course this is particularly important if you already have another dog at home. However, it's an important factor to consider as well if you plan on frequently going to the dog park. Otherwise, even a dog who is not automatically friendly with other dogs can be an excellent fit, as they can still be affectionate with their human family.

Likes to Cuddle

Does the Caucasian Shepherd Dog like to cuddle? All dogs want love, but they have different boundaries when it comes to physical affection. If you plan on frequently having a dog on your lap or pushed up against you, then you should consider whether this breed enjoys that.

Playfulness

Does the Caucasian Shepherd Dog like to play? All puppies are playful, but as adults certain dogs are more playful. If you have children, or otherwise want to keep your dog active with plenty of play, there are plenty of options of breeds who will be happy to play all day.

Service Dog Ability

Does the Caucasian Shepherd Dog make a good service dog? When looking to train a service dog it's important to consider how they were historically bred, and if their personality makes a good fit. A service dog must be smart, patient, and obsessed with pleasing their owner. Working dogs are a good fits since service dog 'work' gives them a feeling of accomplishment from doing a job.

Overall Ease of Breed
Ease for Novice

Is the Caucasian Shepherd Dog good for first time owners? Dogs that are good for first time owners are ones who are easy to train, and are eager to please their owner. Very large dogs, or dogs with very high energy may also not be the best for first time owners since it adds a layer of complexity.

Training Potential

How well can the Caucasian Shepherd Dog be trained? This rating is about the training potential of the Caucasian Shepherd Dog. Dogs with high training potential oftentimes are good service dogs, police dogs, and dog show competition dogs. This does not necessarily mean they are the easiest to train, since many will be very intelligent and demanding.

Amount of Shedding

Does the Caucasian Shepherd Dog shed a lot?

Ease of Grooming

Is the Caucasian Shepherd Dog easy to groom?

Exercise Need

Does the Caucasian Shepherd Dog need a lot of exercise?

Personality
Intelligence

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Amount of Barking

How much does the Caucasian Shepherd Dog bark? Does the Caucasian Shepherd Dog bark too much? It depends on your lifestyle, and where you live. Dogs use barking to communicate, keep guard, and alert. A strong bark can be a good characteristic for guard dogs, or flock guardian dogs who need to be vocal.In apartment living you should consider getting a dog who is less vocal.

Guard Dog Ability

Is the Caucasian Shepherd Dog a good guard dog?

Tolerates Being Alone

Is the Caucasian Shepherd Dog good at staying alone? Is the Caucasian Shepherd Dog independent?

Home and Environment Considerations
Good for Apartment Living

Is the Caucasian Shepherd Dog a good apartment dog? Can the Caucasian Shepherd Dog live in an apartment without becoming frustrated or destructive? Typically people immediately consider the size of the dog, but energy level and historical habitat are also factors.

Size

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Tolerates Heat

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Tolerates Cold

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Potential to Run Away

Does the Caucasian Shepherd Dog try to run away? Some dogs have natural wanderlust and are escape artists... they will do everything to get out and explore.

Physical Characteristics
General Health

Is the Caucasian Shepherd Dog a healthy dog? The general health of a Caucasian Shepherd Dog should be measured not just by how many years they live, but how often they have health issues during their lives. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

Energy Level

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Amount of Drooling

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Prey Drive

Does the Caucasian Shepherd Dog have a large prey drive? Does the Caucasian Shepherd Dog like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals? Prey drive can be bothersome at the park, but really an issue at home if you have small animals, since this comes as a natural instinct for dogs with high prey drive, to chase cats, birds, etc.

Athleticism

Is the Caucasian Shepherd Dog atheltic? Is the Caucasian Shepherd Dog fast and strong?

Breed Variations

The Caucasian Shepherd Dog is a purebred dog that belongs to the Shepherd / Sheepdog sub group, which falls under the larger Working dog breed group.
Working group: Working dogs encompass a wide range of different breeds- but they all were bred to assist people, so they are used to working hard. It is important for them to feel they have a "job" as their roles traditionally have varied from rescuing people to pulling sleds. Because of their large size and intensity, they may be a handful for first time dog owners. On the other side, they can be trained well, so any owner who can exercise and dedicate to training their working dog, will be well rewarded. A common misconception may be that the working dog's jobs are only in physically challenging jobs; actually working dogs can also make excellent service dogs, since they are also kind and attentive to their owners.
Shepherd / Sheepdog sub-group: Shepherd dogs are the super performers of the dog world. For many generations they have served their owners by performing their job of helping in the farm- guarding, protecting, and herding. Shepherds were bred based off intelligence and temperament, and willingness to serve their families. Today they are excellent family dogs, but also excel as military service animals, emotional therapy dogs, and in competitive obedience competitions. They are highly trainable and intelligent, but that does not necessarily mean they are an easy dog or optimal for first time owners. With this potential comes greater responsibility from the owner. They need a firm owner who is willing to stimulate them both physically and mentally from an early age. They need a leader. If they have one, you will be rewarded with one of the friendliest and most intelligent dogs in the World.

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