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Central Asian Shepherd

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Central Asian Shepherd

The Central Asian Shepherd is a dog of great size with massive bone structure and powerful muscles. The skull is broad and massive and the muzzle is deep and blunt. The upper lip is thick and hangs over the strong, wide lower jaw. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The nose is large, broad and black. The dark eyes are oval-shaped and small to medium in size. The ears may or may not be cropped depending on the country in which you live. (Some countries are banning cropping and docking.) The neck is short and powerful with subcutaneous tissues folds around it. The front feet are large, oval and well-arched. The tail is set high and may be docked close to the body or natural. If natural, it is thick at the base and tapers to the tip. The coat can be either long or short. Colors include white, black, gray, straw-colored, reddish brown, gray brown, brindle, parti-colored and ticked.

Temperament The Central Asian Shepherd is an intelligent, fearless and strong-willed guardian dog. Their active defense reaction and strong territorial instincts make this breed very suspicious of strange people and dogs. They will stand their ground and will not back down. They are brave, alert, strong and powerful. They have a strong urge to protect and are nocturnal barkers. Everything and everyone who belongs to the family ? humans, dogs or pets ? is regarded by this dog as part of its family and will be fiercely protected. Do not leave this dog alone with children because if play becomes too rough, the CAS will protect and do so extensively. This breed requires an owner who understands the flock guard type and can display strong leadership as well as provide socialization and training.
Height, Weight Male Height: 27-32" ; Weight: 121-176 lbs.
Female Height: 24-27" ; Weight: 88-143 lbs.
There is NO max height or weight for this breed!
Health Problems As with most large breed dogs, the CAS is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia.
Living Conditions The CAS should not live in an apartment. They need a large yard, the larger the better, with a secure fence. This breed needs a job to do. If they become bored, they will dig and chew. They adapt well to being outdoors and watching their territory.
Exercise The CAS needs lots of exercise and would do well with a person who hikes or jogs.
Life Expectancy About 12-14 years if they are in the native country or about 10 years if they are not.
Grooming The coat of this breed is easy to care for. It should be brushed and combed regularly. They shed heavily in the spring.
Origin The CAS has been guarding flocks for over 4000 years. Originally from Siberia and Mongolia, many believe that they come from the Tibetan Mastiff. They are found in areas of Russia, Iran and Afghanistan to Siberia. This breed is seldom seen outside of the Central Asian Republic. They are in decline in Russia, losing favor to the larger Caucasian Sheepdog. Breeding has begun in the USA. They are recognized by the UKC, FCI, ANKC, APRI, ACR and have been accepted for recording in the AKC Foundation Stock Service®.
Group AKC/FSS Working, UKC Guardian Dog