CENTRAL ASIAN SHEPHERD
Life span: 12-15 Years
Height: 65-78cm (Male); 60-69cm (Female)
Weight: 55-79kg (Male); 40-65kg (Female)
Central Asian Shepherd dogs are strong, bold, energetic which can be better companions to your family members. They originated from Russia, Soviet Union. These dogs shed a little and are not hypoallergenic breeds. Hence you can start adopting the Central Asian Shepherd to pet with.
This large dog is muscular and very strong, with a tail that is usually cut, although this is not recommended due to its cruelty, and rests low. Its ears are also usually cropped, and sit high atop its head while bending down loosely. Their eyes can be hazel or brown with a black or brown nose. Its coat is medium length, dense and straight. It can be many colors such as black, grey, brown, light brown, or white, sometimes including a black face mask.
Its origin, as its name states, is Central Asia. They are believed to have been around since sometime between 2000 B.C and 3000 B.C. They are also believed to be related to the Tibetan Mastiff, but since this breed was not purposely bred, its exact ancestry is unknown. Genetically speaking, they are similar to the Kangal Dog, the Akbash, and the Caucasian Shepherd, which originated in the same area as well. The Central Asian Shepherd, originally had three different uses, guard dogs for the home, guard dogs for livestock, and as fighters. Their use as fighters gained them the nickname “Voldokov”, or “Wolf Crusher” in Russian. Their popularity rose in Asia in 2000, but has gone down in recent times. They have been accepted by many clubs, except for the American Kennel Club.
This large dog has an independent nature that allows it to be calm and loyal. It is highly protective and loving with its family. If socialized properly, they get along well with children and other household pets, although it might be wary of strangers and dominant with strange dogs. They bark at night, and are best suited for an owner that establishes dominance by becoming a firm leader. It needs to have a job to do, and will enjoy doing it.
These are considered very healthy dogs, but they may suffer, although rarely, from:
Hip dysplasia, a hereditary disease in which there is an abnormal formation in the hip socket, that may eventually cause painful arthritis. It may also be affected by the environment they reside in.
Usually, they are easy to care for, only needing weekly brushing and an occasional bath. However, during shedding season, they need constant brushing. Their nails should be trimmed regularly, as well as their ears checked for any dirt to prevent infections and their teeth brushed. Daily exercise is needed, although they are not highly active, meaning a walk should suffice. They do need a wide fenced yard to play in. Due to their protective and independent nature, training (especially obedience training) can be difficult, but it can be achieved through positive reinforcement. Early socialization is a must for this breed.