Central Asian Sheperd Dog
Central Asian Shepherd Dogs are an ancient landrace of guardians that can still be found today protecting families and livestock in Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, etc The Central Asian Shepherd Dogs are said to be the oldest known group of dogs in existence today. Dating back over 5,000 years according to Artifacts found in native lands.Unlike most breeds today they are not man made or created by any specific person or country. They were created by the climate and culture of uncivilized time long forgot. You will find different breed types depending on terrain from the mountains of Mongolia to the deserts of the Kara Kum. Their history is merged with the civilization of man and their timeline can be found by tracing the history of the ancient silk route. Today you will find Nomadic tribes using this pedigree group of dogs to guard what they hold sacred, their family and their ancient form of transportation, be it Camels or Horses. Recent History has these dogs improperly classified as Traditional Livestock guardian dogs. They are territorial guardians bred to guard people and their possessions.
There is no real stop from forehead to muzzle. The body is a bit longer than tall. The dense coat should be rugged in type with big bones, a large chest and wide back. The well-boned forelimbs have powerful shoulder muscles. The skin on the face is thick and may form wrinkles. The thighs are powerful. The back is strong and moderately long. comes in two varieties, long and short. The coat comes in a wide variety of colors. They are independent, curious and alert, yet imperturbable. The dog is as long as it is tall at the withers, or slightly longer than its height. The hair is short or moderately long with a heavy undercoat. Its ears are, in practice, cropped very short. The ribcage appears very long because of developed false ribs. The legs are straight, with heavy boning and moderate yet defined angulations. Leg bones must be in proportion, and shall never give the impression that any bone is short. The rump is broad
The Central Asian Shepherd Dog has less inherited genetic diseases than majority of the man-made breeds but still requires clearances of hip dysplasia to take the place of natural selection.
They are quiet around the house as adults, but can be very difficult as puppies, and often go through a very strong fear period at 6 to 10 months. They are much more active than most large guardian breeds. They bark a great deal, especially females and especially at night. The dogs are suspicious of strangers, and will protect anything they consider their territory from a perceived threat. This is not a happy-go-lucky dog park breed. They get along beautifully with dogs they live with, but outsiders are often either dominated or run off aggressively. They are natural guardians who require no training to protect, but instead require extensive socialization until at least 18 months, including training classes, visits to urban areas, visits to others’ homes, visitors to their own homes, etc., so they learn early on what is normal and what is actually a threat.
They need room to run and should be exercised regularly. Anyone considering this breed should have a large (1/2 acre or more) well-fenced yard and should also have regular leashed walks and opportunities to run off-leash in a safe area. 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 lying down watching their property, but they can be up and running in a split second.
The Central Asian Shepherd Dog requires very little grooming for their well developed undercoat, but their once a year shedding is appropriately called the “Fur Storm”.The Central asian shephard does not require a lot of grooming. Weeds and brush tend to not stick in the heavy, double coat, and mud, once dried, brushes right out. These dogs shed their coats heavily in the spring. The coat should be brushed extra at this time to remove the dead hairs. The rest of the year they are light shedders with easy coat care. Neither the longhaired nor shorthaired coat require a lot of grooming, but the thick undercoat results in heavy seasonal shedding twice a year.