|Group:||Utility (Group 6)|
|Club:||Utility Dog Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 6)|
|Contact:||Mr Arthur Fry|
The Caucasian Shepherd Dog is a very old and ancient breed. Originally bred to guard livestock in Caucasia for approximately 2000 years.
Average Life Span
When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.
The average life span is 10 to 12 years.
The Caucasian Shepherd Dog is steady, active, self-confident, fearless and independent.
General Breed Description
The Caucasian Shepherd Dog is a massive breed and is a natural protector who will tackle any intruders, be they human, wolves or even bears. It is a working breed and needs to have a job to do to keep busy. He is a strong dog with a powerful build and plenty of bone. He comes in any solid colour, piebald or spotted colour; except for solid black, diluted black or black in any combination or genetic blue or liver brown colour.
Coat and Care Requirements
The Caucasian Shepherd Dog has a double coat; an outer coat and a thick undercoat, both of which keep him warm.The thick coat should be brushed at least twice a week to remove loose or dead hairs and prevent matting. He goes through a heavy shed once a year and bathing and extra brushing can help move this shedding along more quickly.
Height: Males: 68 to 75cms, Females 64 to 70cms.
Weight: Males Minimum 50kgs, Females Minimum 45kgs.
All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about the breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. The Caucasian Shepherd Dog is generally a healthy breed, however health conditions do occur occasionally. These may include Hip Dysplasia (HD) and Gastric Torsion (Bloat).
The Caucasian Shepherd Dog is a serious guarding breed and should not be taken lightly. This is not a family dog, but a great guard dog. He is best suited to a farm, where his livestock guarding skills can be put to good use.
Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.
Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.
Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.
Link to ANKC Breed Standard: http://ankc.org.au/Breed/Detail/215