Dog Breeds

  • Central Asian Ovcharka

    The Central Asian Ovcharka has different characteristics depending on where they live; most Central Asian Ovcharkas are possessive and territorial. Their massive size—up to 150 pounds—can be intimidating. Once they've bonded to you, however, the Central Asian Ovcharka is loyal and loving, if not somewhat needy. The breed is generally large, moderately long, and robust with triangular ears, a deep, broad chest, and a thick tail carried in a sickle curve or curled in a loose ring.

  • Group: Middle Eastern and African
    Lifespan: 12–15 yr
    Height: 24–31 in
    Weight: 88–120 lb

  • Care

    In general, the Central Asian Ovcharka is a breed that requires little care for its coarse coat, and a once-weekly grooming and occasional bath should suffice. On the once-a-year-occasion when the breed sheds, however, it's often referred to as a "fur storm," and daily grooming will become necessary. All dogs require regular dental care, including at-home teeth brushing and professional dental cleanings, and the Central Asian Ovcharka is no exception. Maintaining good dental hygiene is important for their overall long-term health.

    The Central Asian Ovcharka is an extra-large breed. Because of this, it requires a well-proportioned and highly nutritious diet, unique for its digestive needs and any additional health concerns.

  • Disorders

    Always visit a professional veterinarian if you believe your dog may have health issues.