Monday, June 23, 2014

Rare Breed Monday: Central Asian Shepherd Dog

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The Central Asian Shepherd Dog is one of the oldest breeds in history, and artifacts have been dated to 5,000 years ago. The breed belongs to a group created by climate, nature, and civilizations long since lost, and they are still often used by nomadic tribes to guard family and transportation.

In the 1920s Russia created a breed standard, and this resulted in a modern version of the breed, often called Central Asian Ovcharka. This complicates things as there are differences between the Central Asian Ovcharka and representatives of the native Asian Shepherd Dogs that can still be found through Asia. Nowadays, many interbreed the versions, attempting preserve the best qualities in both.

Central Asian Shepherd Dogs bond closely with their humans, and they excel as therapy dogs, ranch dogs, and at protecting the family. They are known for being independent, strong, brave, and responsible. They are generally gentle with children and other animals, and they learn quickly.

These dogs require little grooming, but once a year they shed so much the period is called the "Fur Storm." They are very healthy with an average life span of 17 years.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

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