Caucasian Shepherd Dog

Other name: Kavkazskaïa ovtcharka

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Life expectancy

The Caucasian Shepherd Dog has a life expectancy of between 9 and 11 years




Adult size

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

Adult weight

Female Between 99 and 132 lb
Male Between 110 and 143 lb
Coat colour
White Blue Red Sand
Type of coat
Short Long
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Caucasian Shepherd Dog costs approximately 1030£

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More details about the Caucasian Shepherd Dog

Caucasian Shepherd Dog: Origins and history

As with all other Russian breeds, we know practically nothing regarding the Caucasian Shepherd Dog due to the great difficulties that dog breeders encounter when trying to obtain information regarding the origin and history of dogs from the former Soviet Union. Contacts are now much easier; but the Russians themselves have no accurate information because this dog was mainly bred by Caucasian shepherds and were virtually unknown outside this habitat. The Caucasian Shepherd Dog began appearing on international rings from 1979 and are now a rather widespread and appreciated breed. They are most likely descendants from ancient Tibetan mastiffs (see Central Asian Shepherd).

Caucasian Shepherd Dog: Varieties

  • Mountain type (long hair)
  • Steppe type (short hair)
  • Intermediary type (mid-length hair)

Training a Caucasian Shepherd Dog

The Caucasian Shepherd can be dangerous if they are not well educated and socialised. In fact, they must be accompanied by experienced owners who are sure of them and aware of any particularities of the breed.

Training should start as soon as the puppy arrives home and should be consistent, firm, coherent and most of all, caring. No power struggle will be tolerated by this giant dog.

Walking on a lead without pulling or call-back are the crucial educational bases that make walks enjoyable, both for the owner and the dog.

Attention to socialisation must be given in the early stages of training the Caucasian Shepherd in order to prevent them from becoming too aggressive. They must understand that strangers (human, canine or any others) are not all threats.

It is recommended to hire a professional in order to choose the right direction, adopt the correct attitude and prevent any serious mistakes from being made.

Caucasian Shepherd Dog: Purchase price

The price of a Caucasian Shepherd varies according to its origins, age and sex. A pedigree usually costs around £1030.

Regarding the average budget needed for a dog of this size, it costs around £60 a month.

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