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The Caucasian Shepherd is strong and rugged and needs consistent and proper training from an early age. It requires more exercise and more space, so it is not suitable for city life, is not a good companion for children, is adapted to cold climates, is not easy to train, and makes a good guard dog. Grooming the coat once a week is sufficient.
The Caucasian is a strong, Caucasian, athletic dog with strong muscles and well-developed, well-proportioned bones. The body length is slightly longer than the shoulder height. It has a large, wedge-shaped head. The black nose is raised, the nostrils are open, and the coat is particularly thick and dense. The strong forelimbs are straight and long, with hairs between the big toes that serve to isolate and protect the toes, strong paws that allow it to stand firm on uneven ground, and hips that are slightly higher than the back.
Caucasian breed benefits
In the Caucasus, no one sells Caucasians, only Caucasian people give them as gifts to their closest friends. They often keep the puppies themselves because the vast majority of Caucasians don’t have a chance to live into old age, which requires a constant infusion of new blood into the herd. Some shepherds try to breed the best studs, and many have pedigrees in their heads. A guard dog is a dog that has to guard a tent. They are different from herding dogs because they are extremely hostile and aggressive to strangers, but first they have to make sure they do what their owners tell them to do. Although they have no malice toward others in the tent, they obey only one master. None of those dogs like to bark, and they will silently attack strangers who enter the defended area, however, outside the defended area, they are allowed to walk freely, as they generally do not actively attack strangers without malicious intent in such an area.
Fighting dogs are generally bred for fighting. Only rich people breed such dogs for their gambling games. The people of the Caucasus mountains are so superstitious that they always keep these dogs locked up. Only if you are their best friend can you have a chance to see the dogs or ask for their puppies. I have seen many fighting dogs, but the owners always refused to let me take pictures because they believe that the camera is the “evil eye” and any dog that is photographed by the camera will die or lose the fight.
All Caucasians are distinctly different from other breeds because they are absolutely devoted to their owners and have excellent memories. It is not a good thing to give an adult dog to someone else. If you get 2-3 month old puppies, they will remember their owners for a long time.
In Azerbaijan, there are two expressions of Caucasian – the Siberian Plain version and the Caucasian Mountain version. The Siberian Plain version of the Caucasian in Azerbaijan has a compact muzzle, a flat skull and a more square-shaped body, and their limbs are long and slender with very little bone mass. The coat is generally lighter in color, ranging from fawn to white with patches of color, and the coat of this Caucasian is shorter in length. The mountain version of the Caucasian appears to be a little more stout. They have well-developed cheek bones on their heads. This Caucasian has a longer body and higher shoulder height, with a wider and deeper chest. But the Azerbaijani mountain version is still not as stout as the Georgian version. The Azerbaijani Range Caucasian has a shorter neck, flatter skull, longer mouth, and more prominent cheekbones than the Georgian version.
The Georgian version of the Caucasian is distinctly different from other Caucasians because of the cool bear-like appearance of the head version. There is no Siberian Plains version of the Caucasus in Georgia because it does not border Siberia. The Georgian version of Caucasus is very popular in Leningrad. First of all, this version of Caucasian is very strong and tall with extremely developed bones. They have a shorter mouth and slightly shallower frontal segment than the Azerbaijani version of the Caucasus. This head version is more like a bear. The coat of the Georgian Caucasian is quite long, with some being of intermediate length. Only 20% of Caucasians have been confirmed to live with herders.
In the Russian region, the largest number of Caucasians and the best quality are found in the following large cities – Moscow, Leningrad, Ivanovo, etc. There, people keep their dogs in factories and warehouses. The Soviet era has passed and large factories are rare, so there are even fewer Caucasians in factories, and the large kennels that collectively breed Caucasians have followed suit.
Disadvantages of the Caucasian breed
Light or lax body, insufficient bone mass, square or long body, significant sternal recurvature, male less than 65 cm tall, female less than 62 cm tall, head too small, too light or uncomfortable compared to body, prominent forehead, defective hind spoon, long, thin, sharp masticatory, overly chiseled or cankered head and face, weak jaw, too sharp frontal-nasal transition, too many folds on head, flaccid lips, droopy eyelids. Eyes too large, goldfish eyes, eyes with too light or orchid and yellow-green iridescence, small, thin, badly broken teeth, high neck, underdeveloped chest, flat chest, narrow chest, thin chest, short chest, narrow back, concave back, hunchback, narrow waist, long waist, bowed waist, collapsed waist, narrow coccyx, short coccyx, severely sloping coccyx, straight or pointed shoulders, short shoulders, curved shoulders, thin weak shoulders, convex wrists, weak wrists, weak elbows, curved fly, obvious low front and high back, angles Overly straight or excessively elongated stance, weak joints, too narrow limb stance, narrow feet, flat feet, cankered feet, fluid quick gait, overly spirited action not typical of the breed, sticky and clumsy action, too high hindquarters when running, uneven action, abnormal “smooth turn”.