central asian ovtcharka breed information
common health issues
The Central Asian Ovtcharka, or Central Asian Shepherd Dog, is an ancient Russian breed that developed largely by natural selection. A large dog descended from the ancient dogs of Tibet and cattle dogs from local nomadic tribes, he was originally used to protect cattle, caravans and the dwellings of his owners, and was well-conditioned for the hard living his environment provided.
Today, the Central Asian Ovtcharka remains strong and fearless with a high drive for work. Naturally wary of strangers, he is nevertheless capable of forming extremely strong bonds with his owners. The breed as a whole is highly independent and may prove to be a challenge when it comes to training, so a strong, gentle hand will get the best results. He is probably not an ideal choice for a first-time dog owner.
This dog needs plenty of room to move around, as well as plenty of exercise, so apartment living is not for him. His grooming needs are about average – an occasional bath and brush when needed is all that is required.
Fearlessness aside, Central Asian Ovtcharkas are still prone to hereditary and congenital conditions which may adversely affect their health – as well as your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Central Asian Ovtcharkas are prone to include joint problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia and cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) rupture; as well as eye conditions such as entropion.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Central Asian Ovtcharka inherits more a hardworking attitude, you’re protected.