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Meet the Ovcharka

Pronounced "ohv-char-ka."

An introduction to the breed:

Russian Ovcharka dogs, also known as Caucasian Shepherd Dogs or Caucasian Ovcharkas, are large and powerful working dogs originating from the Caucasus region of Russia. Renowned for their strength, loyalty, and fearlessness, these majestic canines have a long history of being guardians of livestock and properties. I aim to provide an overview of the Russian Ovcharka breed, including its history, physical characteristics, temperament, notable traits and challenges.

Our Dogs Average

Height: 26-35 inches
Weight: 150-230 pounds

 Life Expectancy: 10-15 years 

Because Ovcharkas are extremely smart, strong-willed and independent they can prove difficult to train for obedience but not impossible.  Prospective owners should take note: the breed is highly protective of their family and property, meaning without proper and early socialization it may be difficult to bring people into your home. These dogs are not recommended for inexperienced owners due to their assertive temperament and the need for a firm but fair approach to training.

Because the ovcharka's double coat is so dense it makes the outer coat weather-resistant and the thick undercoat a great insulator for colder climates. Coat colors can vary and include shades of gray, fawn, brindle, white and Red.

Russian Ovcharkas are fiercely loyal to their owners and exhibit unwavering dedication to protecting their loved ones. They possess a strong sense of territoriality and are quick to identify potential threats, which makes them excellent guard dogs. Their courage and fearlessness allow them to confront even the most formidable adversaries, making them highly effective in deterring intruders or dangerous wildlife. They are also known as wolf killers and will usually follow their prey until it is dead or at least no longer moving.

Due to their large size and energy levels, Russian Ovcharkas require regular exercise to maintain their physical and mental well-being. Daily walks, playtime, and ample space to explore are essential for their overall health.

Proper grooming, including brushing their dense coat to prevent matting and the occasional nail trim, is necessary to keep them clean and comfortable.

Considerations and Challenges:

Prospective owners of Russian Ovcharkas must consider several factors before adopting this breed. Their protective instincts and size can make them challenging to handle for individuals without experience in training and handling large, aggressive strong-willed dogs. Their territorial nature also makes them less suitable for apartment living or densely populated areas. Additionally, their size and potential aggression towards strangers, friends or unfamiliar animals necessitate responsible ownership and proper socialization.

Overall, Russian Ovcharka dogs represent a remarkable breed with a long history of guarding and protecting. Their imposing presence, loyalty, and fearlessness make them well-suited for guarding properties or working in environments where protection is essential. While they require experienced owners who can provide consistent training and socialization, their dedication and formidable nature make them valued companions for those seeking a loyal and protective canine partner.

King Caucasian Ovcharkas would like to be your breeder, mentor and supply your loyal four legged best friend.

Please contact us with any questions you might have.

Please enjoy this youtube video from Dogs Wiz on the Caucasian Ovcharkas

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