Fed_Up_With_Stupid_People: Any Caucasian Ovcharka owners out there?
This is a breed that I have always admired, and I recently (finally) met one in person at my local pet store. Unfortunately, I didn't get much time to quiz the owner and as I am in the process of looking for a new dog, I want more information on the breed. It seems that most of the websites I've found have contradicting information.
So, for any actual owner out there:
What is their temperament like? I've heard everything from they're "vicious" to they're the sweetest dogs in the world.
How barky are they? Can they be taught to restrain the barking -- ie, only bark if someone enters the house?
Are they big shedders? How often do you groom and what does that entail?
How trainable are they? I know they're a guardian breed, but some are more trainable than others.
How big is your dog, fully grown? Weight and height? Male/female?
If you throw something, do they chase after it (and/or retrieve it)?
How do they generally get along with other dogs/animals? If they are a high-prey drive breed, is this something that can reasonably be controlled with training and socialization?
How attentive are they to you? Are they "velcro" dogs or more aloof? Are they personable with the whole family or just one person?
In your opinion as an owner, would this breed make a good service dog? This entails being able to go in public without making a disturbance, not being in any way aggressive, attentive to its handler, and able to reliably learn tasks.
Anything else you might want to add would be appreciated as well. Thanks!
Answers and Views:
Answer by Schnauzer Mom ♥
They're Livestock Guardian Dogs, which generally means:
1) They are loyal to their family and flock
2) They are distrustful of strangers
3) They are heavy shedders since they are used to working outside
4) They are independent and headstrong
5) They bark. A lot. Especially at night.
6) Most LGDs will dig a "nest" in the landscape, a depression in the ground where they can rest and keep an eye on their flock
They are not dogs who play fetch - if you were stupid enough to throw it, then they expect you to go get it.
They are not a high prey-drive breed, however they may not tolerate other dogs very well.
No, I don't think an Ovcharka would be a good choice for a service dog, because of the wariness and the trainability.
It's really sad to hear that they have made it to pet stores. This is a breed that needs to be bred for temperament and ability, not spit out by some puppy mill to be foisted off on people who fall in love with the adorable fluffy puppy but have no clue how to handle an adult Ovcharka.
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