broly3k8: Caucasian Shepherd/Ovcharka/Mountain Dog?
I am a member of my nations Military, and have been recently wanting to own a dog. For awhile I was attached to the Saint Bernard, but was not completely sold on the Idea, as I had heard although large, did not have as much as a commanding presence as I was hoping for. Then one day I saw something (cant remember if it was a video, a book, or if a friend mentioned something) but from that moment I fell in love with the Caucasian Shepherd. I have heard many things about it, all of them have been about how aggressive and territorial they are. (A trait I admire.) I have heard of and understand that these dogs are not for Beginners. Do not worry, throughout childhood, my teens, and some adulthood, I have worked with large dogs whether at home or at work.
My only question is, forgive me for asking, is whether or not these dogs can be trained to not aggressive to every moving thing they do not know. If I have my puppy socialized with other puppies/dogs, and people/children, will that rub off into their adult hood? That my only question and fear. I know I want and could care for this dog. I just do not want to get one in hopes that I could train it in some way and be totally wrong, and it maul some child and have to be put down. If this is impossible, then I suppose I could try to find a St. Bernard mix (I have heard of them.) and wait until I get out of the military and can live on my own land.
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Answer by Greek God AKA Greekman
The trait which you admire in this breed is genetic in nature and although some socialization may help, you will not be able to suppress it.
These dogs, much like one of my all time favorites, the Fila, require a lifestyle that does not involve surprises as far as your social life.
I would NOT trust a CO to not engage anything that enters its property.
Hope I helped.
Answer by [email protected]
Caucasian Shepherds are naturally aggresive dogs and have been used by Eastern Block countries as guard dogs for that reason. These dogs will, if brought up in one family from puppyhood, guard that family but will attack any other human or animal. Training these dogs is extremely difficult and you should be aware the dog is always liable to revert to type. There is more on Youtube. My personal choice would be a German Shepherd, which can be trained with relative ease to be sociable but still guard it's territory, ie your home and you.j
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