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Central Asian Ovtcharka Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Central Asian Ovtcharka so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginRussia
Other Names
What other names does the Central Asian Ovtcharka have? The dog breed also known as...
Central Asian Shepherd, Central Asian Sheepdog, Central Asian Owtcharka, Central Asian Ovcharka, Central Asian Ovtcharka, Middle Asian Shepherd Dog, Middle Asian Shepherd, Middle Asian Sheepdog, Middle Asian Owtcharka, Middle Asian OvcharkaSredneasiatskaia Ovtcharka, Alabai, Turkmen Alabai, Aziat, Volkadov, Wolf Crusher
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Central Asian Ovtcharka recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Central Asian Ovtcharka recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Central Asian Ovtcharka breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerica's Pet RegistryDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilNational Kennel ClubUnited Kennel ClubAmerican Rare Breed AssociationFoundation Stock Service
Price
How much does the Central Asian Ovtcharka puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Central Asian Ovtcharka price:
$1200-$2500
If you choose to purchase the Central Asian Ovtcharka, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Central Asian Ovtcharka for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Central Asian Ovtcharka gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Central Asian Ovtcharka size:
LargeGiant
Weight
How much does the Central Asian Ovtcharka weigh? Central Asian Ovtcharka weight:
121-176 pounds (55-80 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Central Asian Ovtcharka? Central Asian Ovtcharka average weight:
148.5 pounds (67.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Central Asian Ovtcharka? Central Asian Ovtcharka height:
27-32 inches (68.5-81 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Central Asian Ovtcharka average height:
29.5 inches (75 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Central Asian Ovtcharka have? What does this canine coat look like?
DenseThickDouble
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Central Asian Ovtcharka's coat?
WhiteBlackFawnBrindleGreyRussetStrawFlecked
Grooming
How to groom the Central Asian Ovtcharka and how often?
Easy to groom: The Central Asian Ovtcharka doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Central Asian Ovtcharka is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Central Asian Ovtcharka dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Central Asian Shepherd? Central Asian Ovtcharka shedding level:
Central Asian Ovtcharkas shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Central Asian Ovtcharka breed.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Central Asian Ovtcharka have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AdaptableCuriousIndependentBoldImperturbableStrong
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Central Asian Ovtcharka? Are they intelligent?
Average: Central Asian Ovtcharka's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Central Asian Ovtcharka dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are hard to train. They don't really get the association between commands and actions. If you want them to obey, you should be very consistent and patient while teaching.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are not the most playful dog breed. Sometimes they do like playing, but that's not their favorite activity.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Central Asian Ovtcharka sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Central Asian Ovtcharkas don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Central Asian Shepherd need? Central Asian Ovtcharka social needs:
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Central Asian Ovtcharka dogs bark a lot? Why does my Central Asian Sheepdog bark?
Low to Average: The Central Asian Ovtcharka rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Central Asian Ovtcharka good as a watchdog?
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Central Asian Ovtcharka dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Central Asian Ovtcharka dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Central Asian Ovtcharka can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Central Asian Ovtcharka will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Central Asian Ovtcharka bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Central Asian Shepherd? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Central Asian Ovtcharka? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Central Asian Ovtcharka has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Central Asian Ovtcharka do?
Central Asian Ovtcharkas have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Central Asian Ovtcharkas need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Central Asian Ovtcharka to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Central Asian Ovtcharka roam?
Central Asian Ovtcharkas have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Central Asian Ovtcharka have high prey drive?
Central Asian Ovtcharkas have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Central Asian Ovtcharka good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Central Asian Ovtcharkas adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Central Asian Ovtcharkas do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Central Asian Ovtcharka dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Central Asian Ovtcharka dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Central Asian Ovtcharka and children:
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Central Asian Ovtcharka dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Central Asian Ovtcharka good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Central Asian Ovtcharka dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Central Asian Ovtcharka is not a good choice.
Office Friendly
Are Central Asian Ovtcharkas good office dogs? Do Central Asian Ovtcharkas make good office friendly dogs? Can Central Asian Ovtcharkas be office dogs?
No
Central Asian Ovtcharka is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Central Asian Ovtcharka dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Central Asian Shepherd temperament with senior people? Are Central Asian Ovtcharka dogs good for elderly owners?
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Central Asian Ovtcharka dogs get along with other pets? Are Central Asian Ovtcharka dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Central Asian Ovtcharka breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Central Asian Ovtcharka be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Central Asian Ovtcharka is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Central Asian Ovtcharka be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Central Asian Ovtcharka is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Central Asian Ovtcharka be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Central Asian Ovtcharka is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Central Asian Ovtcharka be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Central Asian Ovtcharka is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Central Asian Ovtcharka be a boat dog?
Not really
Central Asian Ovtcharka breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Central Asian Ovtcharka be a drafting dog?
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Central Asian Ovtcharka breed is a good choice for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Central Asian Ovtcharka dogs have health problems?
Central Asian Ovtcharkas tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Central Asian Ovtcharka breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Central Asian Ovtcharka breed? Health risks of Central Asian Ovtcharka:
Elbow DysplasiaHip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy
How long do Central Asian Ovtcharka dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Central Asian Ovtcharka be?
12-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Central Asian Ovtcharka breed hypoallergenic?
No
Central Asian Ovtcharkas don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Central Asian Ovtcharka have?
Central Asian Ovtcharkas have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Central Asian Ovtcharka dogs require per day?
Central Asian Ovtcharkas need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Central Asian Ovtcharkas are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Central Asian Ovtcharka need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Central Asian Ovtcharka risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Central Asian Ovtcharka's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Central Asian Ovtcharka's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Central Asian Ovtcharka can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Central Asian Ovtcharka has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Central Asian Ovtcharka drool?
The Central Asian Ovtcharka drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool more than others, just like the Central Asian Ovtcharka. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Central Asian Ovtcharka pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Central Asian Ovtcharka pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Central Asian Ovtcharka: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Central Asian Ovtcharka have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Central Asian Ovtcharka have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-10 puppies

Pros & Cons of Central Asian Ovtcharka

Pros
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Central Asian Ovtcharka doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Watchdog Ability: Central Asian Ovtcharkas are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Central Asian Ovtcharkas adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Central Asian Ovtcharkas are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Central Asian Ovtcharkas are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog: A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Cons
  • Trainability: Central Asian Ovtcharkas are hard to train.
  • Health Issues: Central Asian Ovtcharkas tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Central Asian Ovtcharkas don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Central Asian Ovtcharkas are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Shedding Level: Central Asian Ovtcharkas shed above average.
  • Drooling tendency: The Central Asian Ovtcharka drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Central Asian Ovtcharkas do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Dog Friendly: Central Asian Ovtcharkas are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Central Asian Ovtcharka is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Central Asian Ovtcharkas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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  • Bill Stocker

    Aug 10, 2019, 1:00:47 PM:

    I bread these central Asian Sheppard’s A few years ago. If you are lucky to get hold of one of these dogs, Then you have been lucky to have found, A Legend!. He will give up his life to protect you and his family. What a dog, “A Legend indeed”