Central Asian Ovtcharka Pups
This cache is outside the 2 mile area and part of the Snoopy series of puzzle and letterbox caches by meandmydogs. The actual cache is located Hampton Falls, NH
The CAS is a 4000 year old breed. Not much is known on the true origin, but many believe the Tibetan Mastiff is a fore father. This breed is seldom seen outside the Central Asian Republic; in Russia it is in decline, losing favor to the larger Caucasian Sheepdog. The Central Asian Ovtcharka is a very large, muscular, Mastiff type dog. Docking of the tail and ears is optional depending on the country in which you live. This is due to countries like France, Netherlands Australia etc, and many more that are banning cropping and docking. There is no real stop from forehead to muzzle. The body is a bit longer then tall. The dense coat comes in two varieties, long and short. The coat comes in a wide variety of colors. CAS should be rugged in type with big bones, large chests and wide backs. The well-boned forelimbs have powerful shoulders muscles. The skin on the face is thick and may form wrinkles. The thighs are powerful. The back is strong, and moderately long.
The Central Asian Ovtcharka is a calm, fearless flock guardian. Independent, they stand their ground and do not back down. They are good with all members of their own family however, they should be supervised with children. Outside the home they may try to dominate other dogs and are wary of strangers; they are guardians and will act as such. They like to bark at night and this may present a problem if you have close neighbors. Socialization is a must for the Central Asians, unless they are being used as flock guards. They get along with cats and other non-canine animals and other dogs, as long as the dog is not a threat to their charge. The CAS lived its life with the Family of Turkmen thus they are family dogs that want and seek interaction with daily life. This flock guardian is not for everyone. They need an owner who understands the flock guard type and the temperament that comes along with it. This is not a breed for the timid or meek owner.
The CAS would be great for the person who hike or jog. On days they are not taken for a hike or a jog, they need a daily, long walk. They may appear to be lazy when they are laying down watching their property, but they can be up and running in a split second.
The Central Asian Ovtcharka require large yards, the larger the better, with a fence. They have a job to do (guarding). Small living conditions can lead to boredom and thus digging and chewing will be a problem. Even with lots of exercise these dogs like to be outdoors watching over their territory. They must have a securely fenced yard or they will expand their territory as far as they can.
Height: Dogs 27-32 inches (65-78 cm.) Bitches 24-27 inches (60-69 cm.)
Weight: Dogs 121-176 #'s (55-79 kg.) Bitches 88-143 #'s (40-65 kg.)
Some males are even larger. There is NO max height or weight for this breed.
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