Comment to 'CAO Puppy Assessment'
  • The "Central Asian Shepherd' that I just re-homed wouldn't give a bark to alert us to a 4x4 driving into our drive way even after a big scary dude came out of it.

    At 2.5 years old, she wee'ed out of excitement greeting the couple who took her who she never met before. She was never good as a shepherd either; although she was told many times firmly since she was young not to play with the life stock, the moment we turned our back she was at it again, either causing the sheep harm in the process or getting injured herself with cuts in her legs caused by the alpaca.

    Let me close by excerpt from what another breeder said about my girl's brother from the same litter:

    "Unfortunately we cannot keep him. We are breeders of Central Asian Shepherd dogs and we love this breed. In our opinion this boy deviates from the breed standard by far too much. So this is our reason to re-home him. This is a nice boy and good-natured dog in many aspects strong and well founded doubts the he is actually a pure Central Asian Shepherd. In our opinion his exterior and behaviour are different to those mandated by the standard of the breed."

    "We think he won't be suitable for farm or security work since he lacks the courage and he would prefer to chase and play with stock animals. His behaviour is more characteristic of a hunting dog."

    "He may give a warning bark or two to a stranger but wouldn't harm anyone. He rarely barks."

    Anyway, this is a closed chapter for me, and now I am eager to learn about the different strains of the Central Asia Shepherds, as this breed, as per its name comes from a massive vast area with differing terrains. I am also interested in the breeders of these strains. 

    As I plan to be in Turkey when I get my next puppy, I am focused on breeders in Turkey, Russia, East Europe and maybe Central Asia.

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