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Caucasian Ovcharka (Caucasian Mountain Dog)

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Physical Characteristics

Breed Group:

Guardian dogs.


99-143.5 pounds (45-65 kg).


Females are at least 24 inches or 62 cm in height while males are at least 26 inches or 65 cm in height.


Caucasian Ovcharkas can be grey with patches, white, red-brown, brindle, piebald, or speckled.


This breed is characterised by a straight coat of coarse hair and a very thick undercoat.



Caucasian Ovcharkas are very adaptable and active dogs. While they tend to only obey dominant family members, they will get along well with children when properly socialised. When well-trained, these dogs can make good family companions.

Country of Origin:

Russia, Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan.


This breed originated in the Caucasus mountain range and is likely directly descended from the Tibetan Mastiff. Caucasian Ovcharkas can be found in many parts of the former Soviet Union and are officially recognized by the FCI and the UKC.


This breed was named for its place of origin in the Caucasus mountain range located between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. Caucasian Ovcharkas have several additional names such as Ovtcharka, Sage Ghafghazi, Volkodav, Kavkaski Ovcar, Caucasian Shepherd Dog, Caucasian Mountain Dog, Caucasian Sheepdog, Gampr (Armenia), Çoban iti (Azerbaijan), and Nagazi nagazi (Georgia).


Caucasian Ovcharkas are typically very even-tempered. However, they are wary of strangers and tend to bite unless they receive proper training at an early age.



Caucasian Ovcharkas require firm training at an early age by an experienced handler.


Caucasian Ovcharkas are active dogs with a high exercise requirement.


This breed is best suited for experienced dog owners who can provide the proper training and socialisation necessary to prevent aggressive behaviour. Caucasian Ovcharkas also require plenty of space and daily exercise. These adaptable dogs do well in a variety of climates and typically only require weekly grooming. For the right owners, Caucasian Ovcharkas can be great family companions.


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