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South Russian Sheepdog

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Other Names
South Russian Shepherd Dog, Ioujnorousskaïa Ovcharka, South Russian Ovtcharka

South Russia, 1600s
Probably descended from the Tibetan Mastiff. White guardian dogs have been used for centuries to protect flocks in Russian & the Ukraine. Around 22 years ago smaller sheepdogs were brought over from spain and the the South Russian Ovtcharka is a result of the cross between these to sheepdog breeds

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Companion, Guarding

Life Expectancy
This breed can live as long as 10-11 years of age on average

Weight & Height
121 to 165 pounds & 26 to 35 inches tall at the shoulders

Known Health Problems
None Known

Physical Description
Large, powerful, lean dog with a long, broad head and large, black nose. The eyes are dark and ears are small, triangular and drop. The chest is deep and the tail is long and curved.

A dominant breed who is intelligent and usually makes their own decisions. They do ok with children as long as they are not pestered.

Breed needs consistant training and will most likely only obey commands that it wants to rather because you tell it to

Living Conditions
No recommended for apartment due to size and exercise needs

Weekly brushing will keep the coat in good condition

This breed is an outside dog and will exercise itself in a large fenced yard.

Coat Texture
Weather resistant coat with a long coarse and bristly texture with a thick under-layer

Coat Colors
White, Grey/Cream, White/Grey


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Continental Kennel Club
Fédération Cynologique Internationale


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