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South Russian Owtcharka Puppies
Description: The South Russian Owtcharka is a large, furry breed that is native to Southern Russia, as the name indicates. There are three close relatives of the South Russian, being the Mid-Asian, Steppe, and Transcaucasian. The Steppe is the rarest of them all. The South Russian Owtcharka remains rare to this day, and its numbers remain low. They are large dogs with profuse hair that is mostly white, grey or beige. They have strong bodies that are well muscled, and drop ears. They somewhat resemble the Old English Sheepdog in appearance. As for temperament, it is sometimes unstable. This breed is rather territorial, protective and aggressive toward strangers. They "require a kingdom to defend" in order to live their purpose, and prefer to guard their property, family, and other animals. The South Russian Owtcharkas are intelligent but strong willed. They need a strong and dominant leader who will not spoil them, as some have states, "You can spoil this breed into a murderer." They are quick for their size, and can react aggressively with little or no warning towards a threat. Fearless and brave, this breed is not usually kept as a pet.
Other Names: Youzhnorusskya ovcharka, Youzhak, South Russian Sheepdog, Ioujnorousska´a Ovtcharka
Height: 24 - 26
beige, or pale grey, with or without small white or fawn spots.
South Russian Ovcharka is intelligent, easy to train but strong-willed. They
are fearless and protective. This breed is very temperamental, and is not the
best kept solely as a pet. They are willful and independent, but can be affectionate
with family. The Youzhak should not be approached by strangers, but rather should
be allowed to approach them. This breed is very wary with strangers and is said
to be the most biddable of the four Russian Sheepdogs. These dogs are rather
quick to attack with little warning. Owners need to be firm and dominant with
this breed. Other owners have warned, "You can spoil this breed into a murderer."
They are strong minded, vigilant and require an alpha leader. They have great
speed and have been used as search and rescue dogs as well as military guardian
Care and Exercise:
This breed needs extensive grooming in order to keep its long, shaggy
coat in shape. It should be brushed often to avoid tangles and mats. This breed
also requires abundant exercise, but will most likely get it simply from inspecting
territorial grounds by itself.
Activity: High. They like
to inspect their guarding territories, thus providing adequate exercise for
Health Issues: This breed is rather healthy, there are none known health problems specific to this breed.
Life Span: 9 - 11 years.
Country of Origin:
South Russian Owtcharka
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