|Group:||Utility (Group 6)|
|Club:||Utility Dog Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 6)|
|Contact:||Mr Arthur Fry|
Background The Central Asian Shepherd is a 4000 year old breed. Not much is known on the true origin, but many believe the Tibetan Mastiff is a forefather, due to the nomadic lifestyle of the people who have C.A.S.s Similar dogs may have accompanied the Mongols. They are found in the areas of Russia, Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Afghanistan to Siberia.
Average Lifespan Central Asian Shepherd can live for 12-14 years.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament The Central Asian Shepherd is a calm, fearless flock guardian. Independent, they stand their ground and do not back down. They are good with all members of their own family. However, as with all pets, they should be supervised with children. Outside the home they may try to dominate other dogs and are wary of strangers; they are guardians and will act as such. They like to bark at night and this may present a problem if you have close neighbours. Socialisation is a must. They are the type that has a very great activity level, being industrious with a great willingness to work and is also calm and balanced. The predominant reaction is of active defence. They require large yards, the larger the better, with a fence.
Compatibility with other pets Outside the home they may try to dominate other dogs. They get along with cats and other non-canine animals and other dogs, as long as the dog is not a threat to their charge.
Care Requirements The Central Asian Shepherd does not require a lot of grooming. These dogs shed their coats heavily in the spring. The coat should be brushed extra at this time to remove the dead hairs. The rest of the year they are light shedders.
Ideal Owner/s The Central Asian Shepherd would be great for the person who hike or jog. They may appear to be lazy when they are lying down watching their property, but they can be up and running in a split second. This flock guardian is not for everyone. They need an owner who understands the flock guard type and the temperament that comes along with it. This is not a breed for the timid owner.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Central Asian Shepherd and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows 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.