Caucasian Ovcharka Dogs

Around the home, the Caucasian Ovcharka is warm, friendly and loving. Noble and chivalrous at times, this dog has a sense of duty and knows the value of hard work. The Caucasian Ovcharka is loyal, eager to please and devoted to its family. However, it also has a strong sense of independence.

Caucasian Ovcharka

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Quick Facts

  • 130 – 195 pounds | male
    85 – 140 pounds | female
  • 25 - 33 inches | male
    24 - 29 inches | female

Ideal Human Companions

    • Active singles
    • Experienced dog handlers
    • Cool-weather ranchers & farmers
    • Families with older children

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Trademark Traits

    • Bold
    • Assertive
    • Big and soft
    • Strong
    • Alert
    • Loyal

What They Are Like to Live With

As warm as it is with family, the Caucasian Ovcharka can be slightly suspicious of new people. It is a legendary watchdog. Protective and strong, this big old bear can be an intimidating presence to any stranger. With the proper training and socialization, it will be much more social.

Things You Should Know

The Caucasian Ovcharka is a big, strong-willed dog. It requires proper training and socialization from an equally strong-willed owner. Very smart, it responds to consistent, positive training. The Caucasian Ovcharka has an outstanding work ethic. If you work outdoors and can give it a job, by all means do.

The Caucasian Ovcharka can live as long as 12 years with relatively few health problems; however, some may develop “big-dog” problems like hip dysplasia and heart conditions. Both short- and longhaired coats need regular brushing with special attention paid to tangles in the long coats.

Caucasian Ovcharka History

The Caucasian Ovcharka is one of the oldest surviving Molossers, originating in the Caucasus Mountains between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. Used to guard flocks, the Ovcharka (also known as the Caucasian Mountain Dog) was a formidable guard against predators, trespassers and thieves. Its strength and loyalty has made it a popular working dog, police dog and companion throughout Europe and the Soviet Union.

The Look of a Caucasian Ovcharka

The Caucasian Ovcharka has a large, powerful, muscular frame covered in a thick double coat (shorthaired or longhaired) that usually comes in shades of gray, red, rust, yellow, white or brindle. Its large, wedge-shaped head has an oblong muzzle, bushy, high-set ears and deeply set, oval-shaped eyes. It has a thick tail that usually hangs low or curls up slightly.

Talk About Caucasian Ovcharkas 

What a lovely teddy bear!

This breed is so loving. I have one at home and he is very protective. I feel very safe when I'm alone til late night with him around - no one can touch me if he doesn't like it! These dogs are like a lovely teddy bear. Who needs a teddy bear when you have a real live one at home? If you keep them close to you, you'll be their best friend forever. These dogs are great listeners. They really take care of the people who take care of them. Anyone who plays with my dog or gives him food wins his loyalty.

~Golfer and Dog Lover, owner of a Caucasian Ovcharka

Big, brave, and very loyal

I love my 8-month-old Caucasian Ovcharka. He is big and brave and very loyal. He loves to kiss a lot and is very independent, but you have to know how to deal with it. He will never accept food from anyone nor will he let any stranger pet him without dodging them.

He is alert when people talk to me, the alpha, but will never attack unless I say so. When I say go, he’ll go; when I say stop, he’ll stop. He will stay by me on or off-leash and never leave my side for anything: not food, other animals, or people.

He loves to go hiking, camping, and fishing and loves to hunt with me. From my experience this is a dog breed that needs an active lifestyle to be happy.

You have to stay with them for at least six months straight for them to know who they have to protect, trust and bond with that’s with every dog. By seven to twelve months they should be almost/or fully trained and know your lifestyle. They are great for outdoor active families or one-owner dogs.

They will become your friends and will protect you as you would protect them. They can be hard to train, but if you’re an experienced dog owner/trainer like me they're very easy.

~Haruhi, owner of a Caucasian Ovcharka