How much would a typical Caucasian mountain dog cost?

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How much would a typical Caucasian mountain dog cost?
Would the vet bills be expensive?
Are they nice dogs to have?
I was just wondering. Thanks

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Answer by Professor Coldheart!
How ‘nice’ they are has a lot to do with the temperament of the parents and how they’re raised. All dogs need to be well socialized. How healthy the parents are, and how careful the breeder is, will also have a lot do with how healthy the dog is. In general though, they’re pretty healthy, but can have problems with hips and obesity. Also, they tend to be very assertive and, in some cases, aggressive. They’re not for new or casual dog owners.

That being said, puppies can go for more than two grand. They aren’t cheap and they aren’t very common.
Answer by Phil:

Eastern europe good stock is anywhere between 600 euros (if you are really lucky) not including the transport fee to 3,000 euros.
UK around 1,200 – 6,000 sterling.
US 1,200 – 14,000 for show winner pups.  although average is 1,200-3,000 US dollars.

But be careful when buying one as their a LOT of cross breeding & negative trait breeding in the US and Canada.  Mixes are even more dangerous than pure breeds as they lose the “love the family at all costs” traits of their personality.

Also a warning, only a strong personality, physically strong, dedicated trainer/experienced owner should ever even consider owning this breed.  After 14 years of owning them they require an expertise I had to learn fast different form training any dog.

I would actually like to see the “dog whisperer” Caesar fix a 4 year old violent, untrained ovcharka :)  As once they are grown and have not been trained they are almost impossible to rehabilitate.

They are expert & quick killers and cannot be stopped if in a real situation unless trained.  It is a shame when the lovely neighbour lady see you outside your fence walking home and then hugs you (doesn’t know the dog well) and your ovcharka jumps his fence, usually he stays but sees you in danger (although not) and dispatches this lovely neighbour to be ready for the morgue in a few seconds.

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Answer by Gene

Because they’re a very rare breed and very few breeders out there, I would assume they’re expensive, at least $ 2000.
Because they’re a large breed, vet bills will be more expensive than most. That being said, they’re inherently in better shape than most other large dogs like Mastiffs and Saint Bernards. But look for CHD to be an issue when it gets older.
If you’re looking for an extremely aggressive guard dog, then they’re fantastic. I’ve trained most popular breeds out there, and from what I’ve heard, these dogs are a different animal. They’re one of the oldest and most primitive dogs in existence today. They originated in Europe and were used by the Russian military as guard dogs that were trained to knock down and maim enemies. You’ll need a very firm hand with these dogs. There are a lot of very bad rumors about them out there, and I’ve heard from other trainers that they’re a nightmare. I personally tend to wait until I meet one myself. With proper socialization and training any breed is manageable.

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  1. says

    That is, of course, sound advice, Gary. Unfortunately, too many people do not understand the grave consequences in ignoring the guidelines and absolute dedication to socializing and establishing Alpha status. I’ve seen it over and over and it is a disservice to many fine dogs and breeds generally. Shelters and Rescues are overflowing with every breed of dog because of ignorant people who consider a dog merely as an accessory to be tossed aside when unrealistic expectations are not met.

  2. Gary says

    This dogs do not “misinterprets a situation”. You don”t have to train them, they know what to do. Just need to extensively socialize from young age. And make sure that they know there order in your family pack.

  3. says

    I’m happy to see such frank and honest commentary on this breed and hopefully, it will frighten the “trendy dog” shopper away. I’m also pleased by the high price value applied in that will also discourage the casual thrill seeker from purchasing. Too often these obscure breeds become novelty for selfish, unqualified handlers looking only to make an impression and gain attention. Too many breeds have been ruined and given horrible stigmas simply because of improper handling on a large scale. I have 30 years of experience with a few breeds requiring a dedicated, attentive and firm guidance to see them reach their full potentials and I wouldn’t be comfortable bringing this breed into my home. I will leave that to the even more quaified, as any responsible handler would. Be smart, people. Not every breed is suited to every home.

  4. Bill says

    I urge anyone considering this particular breed to be very cautious. While my experience is not extensive, my son was injured fairly badly by one of these dogs, and I actually don’t think he was even really agitated. I also don’t think you can assign blame to the dog or my son. All animals have bad days, and react accordingly to the situation around them. In this case, the dog overreacted to some unknown stimulus, like many dogs do. It just happens this was a 230lb killer and the owner could not fully control the animal. He ultimately admitted there were times he had to lock himself in the barn to get away from the dog, but he used it to keep bears away from his property. If the incident involved a shepherd or pit bull, there is a pretty good chance they can be confronted successfully, but no human is a match for this dog. I think anyone looking to own one of these dogs really needs to take a long hard look at what could happen if the dog has a bad day, or misinterprets a situation, which animals are sometimes prone to do. I have trained collies and shepherds my whole life, and am not sure I would be adequately prepared to control one of these.

  5. AKC says

    They’re A LOT of maintanance. Everything is more expensive. They can cost up to 4k. They are very aggressive/territorial in nature. You see 8 week old puppies attacking or being dominant towards humans. They are not “nice” dogs to have. You need a farm with a 10ft fence to contain one. Or you have to be the hulk, no joke.

    • Wil says

      This particular video was nothing but a slanted perspective showing only the most out of control, aggressive dogs of the breed. I will agree that no one but the most serious dog owner should consider bringing one of these champions home to join their families, but this video was absurd. Could this happen? Of course, but I have a Newfoundland that could act very much like this if raised badly, and with much the same effect, despite the Newfoundland breed being known for their friendly nature. All that being said, AKC is correct. They will be expensive. Expensive to buy, possibly transport, insure (if you're smart), feed, and also in terms of time for training and socialization. Caucasians are known for their good judgement in what constitutes a threat, but if they're not socialized, how are they to separate the UPS man from an intruder?

  6. angelharp7 says

    Listen to the other responder. From what I understand, these dogs require a VERY firm hand. I think there are even breeders who will not sell them to just anyone off the street. Some dogs have a purpose, but that purpose may not include being a regular family pet.

    • Wil says

      I do not own a Caucasian, but have ordered books on them and contacted several breeders both in the US and in other countries. The most common description is that Caucasians are very soft with their families, but are suspicious and possibly hostile towards strangers. Without training or the stupid antagonisms you see people inflicting upon them in online videos, they will protect their family with extreme prejudice. It comes naturally to them. Although superior guard dogs, they must be under constant control, as they do not give warnings as a rule, but attack to kill. And while soft with their family, they aren't necessarily easy to train, because of their independent nature. Highly intelligent, but bred for hundreds of years to take action without human direction, they aren't always obedience super-stars. The property you house one on must have high, strong walls.

      I met a Caucasian once, and she was actually very friendly. The owner met me out front to reduce any territorialism I might face inside the house, and the meeting went very well. But the owner also told me he has socialized her extensively from a very young age. A Caucasian won't be a breed you could take to a dog park, generally speaking, but the same could be said with many other dogs. To anyone thinking of buying a Caucasian, my advice would be to arrange to actually meet a few adults, and see what that tells you.

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