Central Asia Shepherd Dog

Other names : Alabai, Central Asian Ovtcharka, CAO, Aziat

Photo: adult dog of Central Asia Shepherd Dog breed
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Life expectancy

The Central Asia Shepherd Dog has a life expectancy of between 10 and 12 years




Adult size

Female Between 26 and 28 in
Male Between 28 and 30 in

Adult weight

Female Between 88 and 99 lb
Male Between 110 and 121 lb
Coat colour
Black White Sand Red
Type of coat
Short Long
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Central Asia Shepherd Dog costs approximately 1160£

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More details about the Central Asia Shepherd Dog

Central Asia Shepherd Dog: Origins and history

No one really knows the true origin of the Central Asian Shepherd. However, it’s one of the oldest breeds of dogs which still exists today, having been in existence for at least 4,000 years. They’re native to the mountainous Central Asia region and it’s believed that nomadic tribes used (and still use) this breed to protect their livestock.

FCI classification of the Central Asia Shepherd Dog

  • Group 2 - Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs

  • Section 2 : Molossian type

Training a Central Asia Shepherd Dog

This breed is intelligent and independent - so while they pick things up with ease, they don’t like to be told what to do. Training and socialization must start when the Central Asian Shepherd is a puppy and continue consistently. If they feel they are the leader of the pack, they will take advantage and can be hard to handle. 

This breed needs to be in the hands of an experienced trainer who can handle it firmly, yet lovingly. Once they understand who’s boss, they make terrific pets - it’s just getting to that stage which is difficult!

Central Asia Shepherd Dog: Purchase price

It’s difficult to get a Central Asian Shepherd - you may need to search for a reputable breeder and go on a waiting list. They’re not cheap dogs and will cost you upwards of £1160.

Per month, it would cost you between £70 to £100 to care for your dog.

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