"In the last 4-5 years, parvovirus in the US has
been the biggest problem for kennels, even in vaccinated dogs."
"She was a seven-month-old, gorgeous, taupe-colored
devil in dogs clothing. But I loved her."
"The diet of our companion animals is deplorable. So
many dogs and cats eat out of bags full of poor ingredients, rancid fats and
Command; he thee obeys most readily.
If so thou wilt, a collar he will wear;
"The more confidence you have in your dog, the more he
will believe in you."
"The housebound dog leads a stressed existence. It
cannot express its natural behaviors: stalking, chasing, exploring,
~ Frequently asked questions about the Caucasian Ovtcharka ~
When Courageous Caucasians was thinking about having a column to answer questions we sometimes get about the breed, my owners thought that, since I am a Caucasian myself, that I might be an expert on the subject and asked me if I would do the column for them. I told them I would be delighted! (My owners are Caucasians too, by the way, but of course not of the canine variety.)
If any of you out there have a question you would like to have answered, you can contact me at our e-mail address:
and I will answer you. (And if we use your letter in the column, we will send you a free gift.)
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I have been researching dog breeds for the last year or so. I find the Caucasian Ovtcharka very interesting. One question, would the Caucasian Ovtcharka fight a Pit Bull or a Cane Corso?
Albany, New York
Dear Jerome, March 22, 2002
For some reason, it seems that we have been asked similar questions quite regularly recently, so I will answer your letter on our website.
I want to make it really clear that Caucasian Ovtcharkas were bred centuries ago to guard and protect. We were NOT bred specifically for fighting. There is a huge difference! We can fight a wolf, coyote, predator, of course we can, with courage and a won't-back-down attitude -- when our "line is crossed." But when that threat is gone, e.g. if the wolf or predator were to call "uncle" and leave, we are bred to stay with our flock (or home or property). This makes sense, doesn't it? If a wolf or predator were able to lure the guard dog away, only to leave his charges open and defenseless, that dog wouldn't be much of a protector, would he?
So in answer to your question: This is a stupid question, one that only a moron would ask! Would we fight a Pit Bull or Cane Corso or any other so-called fighting dog? -- only if our property or people were threatened.
I certainly hope that you are not buying into the macho and stupid my-dog-can-fight-your-dog mentality. Dog fighting is exceedingly cruel (as well as illegal).
Hello! I am VERY much interested in getting a Caucasian Ovtcharka dog. I have a few basic questions:
How much do you require for a security deposit?
Do you allow your customers to pay in installments?
Do you still have puppies available?
What is the difference between the Caucasian Mountain Dog and the Caucasian Ovtcharka? Are they the same breed?
Thank you very much for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.
You probably get asked this all the time, but do the ears have to be cropped?
My husband has gotten his heart set on having a Caucasian puppy, but I am concerned. I have heard that they bark quite a lot.
Yes, we do! Barking is one of our trademarks, after all. I mean, what good would a guard dog be if he didn't bark? But, rest assured. It is not the yap-yappy barking that a lot of dogs have. (And I can tell you that those Blue Heeler dogs of ours bark a lot more than we do!) And we always have a reason. If a Caucasian is barking, you'd better wonder why. There may be a neighbor dog too close to the property line, a coyote lurking nearby, an unwanted intruder (such as a raccoon in the feed shed), a strange car coming up the drive, or maybe a leaf falling (no, just kidding).
And quite a bark it is, too. If a burglar heard my voice on the other side of the door, he wouldn't dream it was a seven-month-old puppy girl!
(Ed. note: Sandy and her husband did buy a Courageous Caucasian -- my brother -- and they love him!)
My owners do not understand me. One day I might be curled up comfortably on the sofa, and it is fine. The next day, they yell and scream at me. What is a dog to do?
This is probably one of the hardest things for a dog to bear. Most of us want so badly to please our owner/pack leader. We are willing and able, but the owners make it hard for us sometimes. Don't they realize that everything they do, every moment they are with us, they are teaching us? -- the good things we learn and also the bad habits we develop. If we jump up on them with muddy paws, it is because they have taught us to do so. If they command us to "come!" and then let us go our merry way, they have taught us that we don't have to "come" all the time. If we chew on the furniture, guess why? We were not scolded for it and then given our own toys to chew on. (For example, my owner has taught us that it is okay to misbehave in the house only when she is on the phone.) To quote Pat Miller writing for the "Whole Dog Journal," November, 2000, "Whenever you and your dog are together, one of you is training the other."
Consistency is definitely the key. (And I mean "every-single-time" consistency.) Have your owner check out some of the books in the Book List at the end of the Breed Characteristics page of this website. Meanwhile, good luck; and remember to always keep that cheerful, non-grudge-holding attitude we canines are noted for.
Love and kiss-licks,
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