Health issues in Caucasian Shepherds
Entropion is a condition in which a portion of the eyelid is inverted or folded inward. This can cause an eyelash or hair to irritate and scratch the surface of the eye, leading to corneal ulceration or perforation. It can also cause dark-colored scar tissue to build up over the wound (pigmentary keratitis). These factors may cause a decrease or loss of vision. Symptoms
- Eye redness
- Inflammation of the inner eye
- Redness of the eyes
- Reacting from light sensitivity
- Excessive tearing
- Eyes have mucus
- Dog rubs eyes with paws
- Abrasion of the cornea
- Dulls spots on eyes which could be a corneal ulcer
- Yelps in pain
Even the giant breeds are commonly diagnosed with Entropion:
Interesting Articles on Caucasian Shepherds
Nuns raising Caucasian Shepherds at their convent. https://www.georgianjournal.ge/discover-georgia/29924-nuns-raising-pups-adorable-residents-of-the-khareba-convent.html
How do I train my Caucasian Shepherd?
We have found this blog to be a wonderful resource for training your Livestock Guardians.
Jan Dohner's book on Livestock Guardians in an excellent resource.
Her website has great resources. https://www.jandohner.com/resources
Another resource is videos on u-tube here is a link to them. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNTX0MgGuKeWuWighaMod5g
Do you sell dogs with breeding rights?
We do not sell dogs with breeding right!
Can Caucasian Shepherds/Ovcharka protect your Poultry?
The key is training at a young age.
The Guard Dog Blog answers the question. "Any focused staring, stalking, pouncing and chasing should be actively discouraged. Proper behavior should be modeled and praised. Ideal modeling is by an older LGD. Placing a young pup with larger, more aggressive poultry such as geese is a good way to keep the connection with winged stock whilst ensuring a rambunctious pup cannot push them around. As a bonus, geese tend to be slower moving and don’t trigger the chase instinct as easily in young pups. If you don’t have access to larger poultry, early supervision with timely corrections is the best way to start. These corrections include redirecting (physically moving or distracting) the pup away, verbally discouraging the behavior, using spatial pressure (moving into their space in order to block or move them away) and physically correcting. Avoid allowing the pup to have long periods of time to watch flighty birds from behind a barrier. This encourages arousal and frustration over the inability to chase. Instead, tethering for limited periods in an area where the poultry can escape from the dog or judicious use of the dangle stick can be good options. Whatever you do, don’t inadvertently encourage the inappropriate behavior by allowing the dog to practice it unchecked or by using “nagging” (ineffective) corrections."
Do Caucasian Shepherds/Ovcharka's Bark ?
Since most predators strike at night, livestock guardian dogs use Barking as their primary means of warning off intruders even at Night, so expect a lot of nighttime barking from your Livestock Guardians.
Male Vs Female
- Males are larger and more aggressive require a more confident owner.
- Females do better in a family environment, and They bark more. Females tend to be more friendly to a stranger and give them more of a chance than a male.
- OR: Buy the opposite sex of what you currently own. Male & Female tend to get along much better than Male & Male or Female & Female. That being said Rhonda and Brenda are Sisters and get along very well together. They occasionally fight over bones or food. *Both are equally Excellent Flock guardians with proper training.*
What to consider Before Owning a Caucasian Shepherd/Ovcharka
Having a Fenced 6' tall fence for them to roam and guard.
Professional Obedience training at 6-12 months of age.
Socialization * Daily and Proper training is key.*
Do you understand that Caucasian Shepherds are naturally Aggressive to strangers? This is a normal Characteristic of the breed.
The Caucasian Ovcharka Working Dog Club of America states that the Ovcharka cannot ever have enough training or socialization. Per their guidelines, these powerful dogs should be trained in basic obedience prior to six months of age, including sit and stay with distractions, proper heeling and leash walking, manners and being neutral to other people and animals in situations such as the park or in a crowd.
The idea that the Caucasian Ovcharka cannot ever receive too much training and socialization cannot be repeated enough. With proper training and handling these dogs can and do become excellent guardians and loyal friends.
What is a Russian Bear dog/ Caucasian Shepherds/ Ovcharka or Baskhan
They are a Livestock guardian dog or a body guard. They Originate from Georgia, formerly a part of Russia. They are used as livestock guardians for sheep and goats. Russians have also used them as prison guards and body guards.
The three qualities most sought after in Livestock Guardians are trustworthiness, attentiveness and protectiveness—trustworthy in that they do not roam off and are not aggressive with the livestock, attentive in that they are situation ally aware of threats by predators, and protective in that they will attempt to drive off predators.
The Georgian Journal calls Caucasian Shepherds the #1 choice for a guard dog. Here is a link to the article. https://www.georgianjournal.ge/society/29698-caucasian-shepherd-1st-on-top-10-guard-dog-list.html
U-tube has a wonderful documentary on the Origin of Caucasian Shepherds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOh7SayDzhE
What do you feed your Caucasian Shepherds?
Caucasian Shepherds grow very rapidly and if not feed properly they can have bone growth deformity. We Do not recommend Raw or Grain free food. It causes cardiomyopathy which causes heart failure in dogs..
We feed Life's Abundance All Stage Dog Food to Our Adult Dogs. Puppies eat large breed puppy food. https://www.lifesabundance.com/Category/DogFood.aspx?realname=205951
Georgian Caucasian Shepherd
A mini documentary on Caucasian Shepherds/Ovcharkas
Caucasian Shepherd Documentary
Full length documentary on Caucasian Shepherds.