South Russian Ovcharka

Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
The South Russian Ovcharka is not for everyone. This very large breed can be dominant, wary of strangers, and is very lively making him difficult to care for. He is a great guardian breed however and would do well guarding cattle or flocks of sheep.

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The South Russian Ovcharka has the tendency to show dominant behavior, so he needs a more dominant owner to train him. This breed needs extensive socialization at an early stage to avoid any aggression problems due to his dominant nature.

Does your South Russian Ovcharka bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Protective, possessive, but obedient, this breed does not do well in the average household. He is good with other animals, however he should not be trusted around small and very passive pets. The South Russian Ovcharka requires acreage to thrive. If not given proper work and stimulation, this breed will become very bored making him a tyrant.
The coat of this breed requires daily brushing down to the undercoat. As this breed is very active, his coat has the tendency to become matted quickly. Around the mouth should be cleaned daily.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
The South Russian Ovcharka has a thick doublecoat. The coat should be long, thick, dense, and somewhat coarse. The undercoat should be soft, thick, and well developed.
The South Russian Ovcharka requires firm and consistent training as he can be very independent and can have a short attention span. Given a dominant trainer/handler, this breed can do exceptionally well. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new South Russian Ovcharka puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
The South Russian Ovcharka requires a large area, most likely acreage. He should be given a job, preferably guarding animals. This breed will not do well in an apartment or the average household. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
108 - 110 lbs
24 - 25 inches
Mainly white but also white and yellow, straw color, grayish (ashen gray) and other shades of gray; white lightly marked with gray, gray speckled



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