Central Asian Ovtcharka

Description

The Central Asian Ovtchaka is a muscular dog. The torso is long and slightly higher toward the shoulders. Its frontlegs are sturdy and straight. The hindlegs are only slightly angled. The neck is thick and not too long. The head is slightly flat with a vague muzzle. The face is broad and the mouth, nose, and eyes are black. The tips of the ears may also be black. The coat is either long or short and tends to be lighter in color at the chest, hocks, and feet. The ears and tail may be docked.

Temperament

The Central Asian Ovtcharka is a massive size dog that is easy going. It is a natural guard dog that protects its family wholeheartedly. Since the dog has a dominant nature, it may not coexist easily with other dogs in the household; especially those that also have a dominant nature. People it does not know are under suspicion, even children’s playmates or invited guests. It should not be left alone in these instances. As with all dogs, supervision is recommended recommended when it is interacting with young children that live in its household. It is courageous and is not easily intimidated.

Height and Weight

The height and weight for both male and female is similar. The average height of the breed is 24-32 inches. The average weight of the breed is 90-175 pounds.

Health Problems

There are no genetic disorders linked to the Central Asian Ovtcharka. The only health problems associated with the breed are those common to large breeds, including hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Central Asian Ovtcharka adapts easily to both indoor and outdoor living conditions. If it is kept outdoors the yard must have a well-built fence.

Exercise

A single daily walk is insufficient exercise for the Central Asian Ovtcharka. It is a large breed that has a high energy level. If it doesnтАЩt obtain an outlet for its energy it can become destructive. The ideal exercise regimen would consist of several opportunities for exercise throughout the day.

Life Expectancy

An average of 12-15 years

Litter Size

An average 5-12 puppies

Grooming

The coat of the Central Asian Ovtcharka is short and sheds lightly through most of the year. Brushing the coat on a regular basis is recommended. When the coat sheds more heavily, more brushing is required.

Origin

There is very little known about the origin of the Central Asian Ovcharka.

Group

Working

Color

The Central Asian Ovtcharka can be a variety of colors, including red, white, and black. Some types have a tri-color or bi-color coat. Of these, black and tan are the most common.