The Caucasian Ovcharka, also called the Caucasian Mountain Dog, is a large livestock-guarding dog native to the mountainous regions of the Georgian, Armenian and Azerbaijani republics, as well as the steppe regions of the Caucasus district. For hundreds of years the breed has worked as a guarding, herding and fighting dog. The Caucasian Ovcharka is a hardy breed that can tolerate a range of temperatures and climates. It is powerful, athletic and well-boned. The breed ideally stands taller than 27.25 inches at the withers for males, and taller than 25.5 inches for females. Its thick double coat, which comes in an array of colors and patterns, should be brushed about three times a week. The Caucasian Ovcharka is faithful, gentle and loving with family members, but suspicious and aggressive toward strangers. Its loyalty and trainability make the breed a good companion dog and family protector.
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