Caucasian Ovtcharka Facts
- AKC, UKC, ARBA
- 24.5" - 25.5"
- no standard available - however some say 100+ lbs is correct.
- 10 years | Add yours
- Exercise Requirement
- Training Requirement
- Grooming Requirement
- Breed Characteristics
Ovtcharka, Caucation Mountain Dog, Russian Kavkazskaya ovtcharka, Nagazi, Gampr
This breed originated in Caucasian Republics, Russia.
Date Of Origin
These dogs have been around since the middle ages.
The Caucasian ovcharka is believed to have developed from Tibetan dogs who accompanied nomads who settled in the Caucasus Mountain area over two thousand years ago. Because the ovcharka was isolated from other breeds and not subject to organized breed programs, it remained a pure but primitive dog. In the twentieth century, the USSR began a rigorous breeding program in order to utilize them as guard dogs.
The Caucasian ovcharka is a very large, powerfully built dog that is slightly longer than it is tall. There is a large, broad, wedge shaped head and high set drop ears, which may be cropped. The muzzle is short and powerful, the almond eyes are deep set, and the nose is large and black. There is a double coat with a profuse ruff; it can be short medium or long.
The ocvharka is an intelligent, bold and even tempered dog. Although protective, it is calm and loyal toward family.
These dogs have been used as livestock guardians to versatile military dogs. There calm and affectionate manner makes them wonderful companions today.
Hip and elbow dysplasia
This breed requires an owner experienced with guardian dogs in a rural home where it is provided a job.
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The Howell Book Of Dogs
Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007
Author: Liz Palika
Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005
Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein
The New Encyclopedia of the Dog
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000
Author: Bruce Fogle