Jane: Which breed would you rather own? American Akita or Caucasian Ovcharka?
I'm just curious if people had to pick one over the other which one they would pick and why. Please don't lecture me on the responsibilities of owning these types of breeds, especially Ovcharkas. I am highly experienced with dominant breeds and probably have more 1st hand knowledge and experience with these types of breeds than 99.9% of people.I'm just wanting to know which of these two breeds appeals to people more. By the way, Americans have made Ovcharkas out to be vicious man eaters but I know first hand that when raised and socialized correctly they can be endearing and trustworthy companions.
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I currently have an Ovcharka as well as a Cane Corso. Have had a Kangal in the past as wel as APBT's. I just refer to it as Ovcharka for ease in this type of situation where most people dont know what a CO is especially when so simial to a central asian shepherd and other ovcharks. Anyway- my CO is a sweetheart, I even take her her to dog parks same with my CC. Both are going on 4yrs with no aggression issues.
I am leaning to Akita. I have room for another dog or two and CO's are very big and shed a storm. I know Akitas shed to but less than a CO. I love my CO but wouldn't mind a different type of breed since there are so many I'd like to own. I also like that Akita are quiet. My CO isn't excessively noisy but barks a lot more than my cane.
FoxFire- Some great info. I don't care for Akita Inu. Usually I don not like 'American' type dogs bred to be more bully, aggressive but in the case of the Akita I love the black mask and body type. I'm in Canada and my CO is still a HEAVY shedder. My friend's Akita sheds a lot too but doesn't seem as bad? I am definitely interested in rescuing but am leaning more to an Akita since it will be easier to fit more dogs into my truck to take them out.
My CO is great with other dogs- purebred and imported but raised and socialized well and non aggressive. NO domestic dog breed in existence is solely out to attack if raised well.I like dominant breeds because I like to show people how nice a well raised one can turn out.
Answers and Views:
Answer by bells3011
I've been around Ovcharka's too. German Ovcharkas, Belgian Ovcharkas...different kinds of Ovcharkas.
Ovcharka = Shepherd....in russian, btw.
If I had to choose, probably Akita. Unless I had a couple of acres, and enough money so that I can stay home and not work. Caucasians are not an "easy" breed to have...no matter how experienced you think you are.
Answer by Phil
I would always choose a CO in your case.
Shedding issues feed them linseed and olive oil and a little more natural calcium … milk/cheese you will find they won't shed so much. Takes a while but after a year you will see improvements in the amount of hair around the house.
You have great experience and a CO is far more trustworthy than an Akita with good training.
I find Akitas a little …. er .. snobby and not that good with children tbh.
Also don't trust them much with a lot of my friends having them, they tend to nip and although rarely, bite their owners no matter how well they are brought up.
OCs are by far more gentle and caring inside the home .. but much more work outside of it.
Let us know what you finally went for!! :)
Answer by Kim Watkins
Would be more inclined to an Akita, just because I have had more experience with them. In the past I have been a big fan of the german shepherds but Akita's in my opinion are more contained and exhibit a very calm attitude until provoked.
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