Caucasian Ovtcharka

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Caucasian Ovtcharka

Breed Fact

Country of Origin: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia, Soviet Union, Circassia
Hypoallergenic: No
Height: Female: 67 – 70 cm (Adult)
Weight: Male: 50 – 90 kg (Adult)
Color: Black, White, Rust, Grey, Fawn, Cream
Life Expectancy: 9 – 11 years
Temperament: Alert, Quick, Strong, Calm, Powerful, Dominant
Litter Size: 6 - 14 puppies
Health Problems: N/A

Half century ago, when after Great Patriotic War the dogs from the Caucasus began to be imported for needs of army and various authorities using Caucasian Ovcharkas to carry a guarding service.

The main purchases of breeding material were made in the republics of Overcaucasus - Azerbaidzhan, Georgia, Armenia.

From these dogs also started the racing breeding of Caucasian Ovcharkas in Soviet Union.

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.