Gretch: What do you think of this breed?
I was thinking of getting a female Caucasian Ovcharka puppy. She's three months old and her owner can no longer afford her (sadly, he lost his job), and I'd love to have her.
I have several dogs already that my family and I jointly take care of. These are: two female Borzoi, a female Shiloh Shepherd, a male Great Pyrenees, a female Saluki, and a female Schipperke.
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They have 105 acres to run around on, a large (1 acre) pen for them when they need to be cooped up, and are allowed inside. We have horses, a cow, chickens, and sheep.
Would this be a good home for a Caucasian Ovcharka puppy? Also, what is he general temperament of that breed? I know all individual dogs are different, but it'd be good to have a baseline. :D
The entire property is fenced quite securely with both chicken wire and regular boarding. The fence is 5 feet high. I don't thing the dogs will be going anwhere. :)
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Answer by Phil
Train him/her well and you will be fine. Keep her/him around the family a lot till 1 yr.
This breed is extremely aggressive to strangers & it is a killer, meaning they knock their opponent down then go for the throat or stomach. A good percentage of the breed have this 2,000 year old instinct in them.
Voice commands must be obeyed immediately, release time must be immediate & you must must socialize the CO heavily, have people come around a lot, play with other dogs that she/he DOES NOT know. And training must be applied almost constantly until they are 4, their characters change, for example the CO will love other animals until around 1 1/2 – 2 years of age then suddenly turn into hating them (not your family dogs just dogs they don't know). Postmen will die … your fence must be huge, can't have hikers walking through your land … but protection wise their ADD (active Defensive Drive) is unmatched. Three robbers breaking into your house with guns would have a problem with one of these dogs.
And please remember a Caucasian Ovcharka male (although standardly only 70-80klgs) can reach 110klgs. They can also stand 90 cm high at the shoulder (average is 75-80cm for a correctly fed male). They also have a stronger bite PSI, if given bones to chew on from an early age, than that of a lion.
My male could kill me if he wished, and rather easily.
They are killers to everyone outside the family unless heavily trained.
They more gorgeous and docile and loving than any breed I have owned with the family (this includes anything it considers family, including birds, fish, cats, pet rats) all are extremely safe.
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They do require a "dominant" male but not always to lead them, especially the males.
Teach it heeling manners from a very early age, never let it pull even while in protect mode, or anyone with less than 75klgs body weight goes for a concrete swim, they are incredibly strong.
Some videos on the internet and national geographic showing a man being pulled along ... (click for video)
...the dog was not really trying, that was warning mode and if I catch you I will kill you, but this is still a warning. When my Caucasian Ovcharka male (he is better now, heels no matter the mood) reacted to actual aggression he pulled me ten meters at 1 1/2 years old (the breed fully mature and stop growing later than most breeds around 3-4years old, although the last year is always limited in height and mostly muscle growth), I am 100 klgs & 185cm tall, who trains in the gym constantly.
Hope this helps
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