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South Russian Ovcharka Sheepdog as a Pet

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South Russian Ovcharka is so large, its dominant nature can be frightening for some. These dogs need to bein a household with a strong, dominant owner in order to be kept in check. Wary of strangers, the Ovcharka can be quite a handful.

 

Other names: Ioujnorousskaïa Ovtcharka, South Russian Sheepdog, Ukrainian Ovcharka, Yuzhak, South Ukrainian Ovcharka, South Russian Shepherd
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Origin: Ukraine, Russia
Life Span: 9 to 12 years
Weight: Female: 48–50 kg, Male: 48–50 kg
Height: Male: 65–66 cm, Female: 62–66 cm
Colour/s: Tri or bi-colors, typically white with either signs of black, red, yellow, cream and blue, some with tabby striping.
Litter Size: up to 10 puppies
Group: Guardian

 

South Russian Ovcharka

 

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The South Russian Ovcharka is a large, long-haired sheepdog.

 

 



 

The South Russian Ovcharka is a large, long-haired sheepdog. The South Russian Ovcharka dog has a long head with triangle-shaped ears and dark, oval eyes. Its coat is thick, coarse, and usually white, although some shades of yellow and gray may be present. Breeders suspect that the Ovcharka originated in the Black Sea region.

 

South Russian Ovcharka dogs are typically dominant, and because they are wary of strangers, they make good watchdogs.The male dogs are more dominant than the females, although both males and females tend to take their role of protectinghome and family very seriously. The best environment for this breed is in a large family with older children. Ovcharkasprefer having another dog around, although they easily dominate other breeds. Still, having another dog in the householdgives the Ovcharka more to protect, which is in its nature.

 

Because the South Russian Ovcharka is so large, its dominant nature can be frightening for some. These dogs need to bein a household with a strong, dominant owner in order to be kept in check. Wary of strangers, the Ovcharka can be quite a handful when guests come around unless it has been trained very well. Training these dogs--particularly the male dog of this breed--can be difficult, as they are very independent and have a short attention span. It's best to get your Ovcharka as a puppy and begin training immediately, as the puppies are more easily trained than the older dogs. Only buy an Ovcharka from a reputable breeder who knows a lot about these dogs, as some breeders don't take into consideration the consequences of irresponsible breeding and can create even more dominant, aggressive behaviors in ill-bred dogs. When choosing your Ovcharka from a litter of puppies, ask your breeder for the liveliest one, which is probably the healthiest one.

 

Because they are very lively dogs, Ovcharkas need a lot of exercise. You will need to walk your Ovcharka dog every day; simply allowing it to run around in the back yard is not enough exercise for this breed. When playing an outdoor game with the Ovcharka, such as fetch or frisbee, the dog can get very anxious and will very likely knock over small children. Despite its size, the Ovcharka can live a long time; it's not unusual for a dog of this breed to reach 12 years of age, especially if they join the household as a puppy. They are generally very healthy dogs, and with proper care and exercise, their life span can be extended to 15 years. Because their coats are easily matted, it is recommended that you brush your Ovcharka every day. If you choose to open your home to a South Russian Ovcharka, consider purchasing a book about these dogs to help with training and exercise.


 

 


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