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Central Asian Shepherd Dog


The Ovtcharka is a natural flock guardian, with a fearless and independent flair. They need to be socialized in order to live in homes and to be around children. The Ovtcharka will also challenge his owner for dominance. Any potential owner of the Ovtcharka must be comfortable handling the challenges that an Ovtcharka will present.

Adult Size

  • Huge
  • Large

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Excessively

Appropriate Environment

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Apartments
  • Fenced In Yard
  • House
  • Invisible Fenced Yard
  • Prefers Living Outdoors

Behavior if Left Alone

  • Better Not to Leave Alone Very Long

Breed Group

  • Working Group

Coat Length

  • Medium Coat
  • Short Coat

Coat Quality

  • Double Coat
  • Soft Coat


  • Black
  • Tan
  • White


  • Drools Constantly

Energy Level

  • Energetic
  • Very Energetic

Exercise Needs

  • Needs Lots of Exercise
  • Needs Regular Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 27-30″

Full Grown Weight

  • 101-110lbs
  • 80-90lbs
  • 91-100lbs

General Health

  • Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Not a Great Choice for Your First Dog
  • Poor Choice for Your First Dog

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Thrives in Cold Weather
  • Tolerates Cold Weather Well

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Hot Weather

Good With Children?

  • Not Good with Kids
  • Not Very Good With Kids


  • Doesn’t Require Grooming
  • Requires Occasional Brushing


  • Smart
  • Very Intelligent


  • Not Very Affectionate


  • Sometimes Playful

Recommended OFA Tests

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Training Tendencies