Central Asian Shepherd Dog Resource
Central Asian Shepherd Dog
The hardy Central Asian Shepherd Dog was originally found protecting the flocks and property of nomadic tribesmen of Central Asia, and dogs of this type can still be found guarding flocks in countries such as Afghanistan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The harsh climate in which the breed evolved’ranging from bitterly cold and windy or extremely hot and dry’has produced a powerful, massive working dog with a mind of its own. At minimum, CA Shepherds should be 25 ½ inches at the withers for males, and 23 ½ inches for females. No maximum height is set in the standard, so these dogs are often much larger, but the weight usually ranges from 90 to 150 pounds. The CA Shepherd boasts a huge head with facial wrinkles and a muscular neck with thick neckfolds. The heavy-set dog is protected by a weather-resistant double coat that may be short (1 ½- to 2-inch coat) or long (2 ¾- to 3-inch coat), with abundant furnishings on the ears, neck, hind legs and tail. The ears and tail are usually, but not always, cropped and docked. When left natural, the tapered, sickle-shaped tail curves gently down to the dog’s hock. The dark-eyed CA Shepherd comes in lots of different colors, including white, black, gray, straw, red-brown and gray-brown, which may be brindled, parti-colored or ticked. The steady, even-tempered Central Asian Shepherd Dog is an independent thinker that needs a job to do and wide-open spaces at home. This breed is a devoted family dog, but tends to be suspicious of strange people or dogs. Early and extensive socialization as well as patient, consistent training are essential.
Rare Dog Breeds
This eclectic group of ancient dog breeds is anything but ordinary. To describe the dog breeds in this group as “rare” is entirely relative. Many of them are hugely popular in their native countries. The powerful Fila Brasileiro is used throughout Brazil as a police dog and a hunter of jaguar and other big game. The Canadian Eskimo Dog has a long history working with the Inuit peoples. The Sloughi and the Azawakh are ancient North African sighthounds. For our purposes, these dog breeds are considered “rare” because they have not yet…
Short, thick and coarse with a well developed undercoat