Q: Caucasian Shepherds...?
I am looking into getting a Caucasian Shepherd and I have done more than enough research so that I know the breed. I am a little hesitant to get one not because they are protective and aggressive but because I have a 10 month old Akita Inu. They are both dominate dogs and I am nervous to see his reaction. I don't want my Akita to be jealous but I also don't want any fighting.
Please help! Some advice from a breeder would be highly appreciated and I would take that into consideration. Thanks!
Answers and Views:
Answer by David
CSD's are adaptable and if well socialised, work well with other dogs.
Answer by Wil
This kind of response makes me nervous, because it takes the approach of 'all dogs can be trained to…"
While in strictest principle this is true, with some dogs the amount of training and time that must go into a certain behavior set is extreme. Hounds, for instance, are not dogs to purchase if you're afraid of a bit of barking. Pit Bulls, Aussies, Border Collies, and several other breeds have LOADS of energy, and aren't particularly easy to train behaviors that require them to sit still. Retriever breeds and cattle dogs aren't breeds to pick up if you want to throw a ball and expect them not to chase it.
To answer your question, yes, you could probably train a CO dog to get along with your Akita, even if they were both males. A male/female combo would be better in most any breed, but if they are both males, at the very least the Akita should be neutered for it to have a fighting chance, pardon the pun. And I would not leave them together unattended at any time. One instant of unsupervised discord could well end up with a dead dog. (click for video)
Answer by Phil
In most cases they will be fine. Age 1-2 1/2 you will have watch them a bit together. See how your dog reacts … but generally a high percentage will consider your dog “family” and be amazing with it. Generally allowing the other dog to do it damage without response …. and if there is a response then it will muted and non-lethal. there are however exceptions and I am talking about the PURE breed caucasian ovcharkas not mixes or badly breed imitations.
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Answer by Tamara Follett
My book The Caucasian Ovcharka: The Complete Resource on this Ancient and Mysterious Guardian, goes into specific detail on what kinds of dogs work well with Caucasians. In general, a male Caucasian Ovcharka pup will grow up to want to fight any other male dog in the household, even if they started off as friends. This is instinct and can rarely be trained out. Order the book, as ThunderHawk is the exclusive dealer of this comprehensive (452 pages) compendium on the breed.
Answer by Kelly
If your Akita has been socialized appropriately I dont see where it would be of concern. I have raised GSDs and Rottweilers in the same household with no problems. Your dog may have a territorial issue if he is the only dog in the house at the moment. Slow introductions are necessary allowing your Akita pup to accept the new pup. Be sure to give equal attention to avoid jealousy issues. Do you have any friends with dogs that would be willing to come over and "test' your Akita? That may be a good place to start.
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