The breed was formed a long, long time ago in the vast territory extending from the Caspian Sea to China and from South Ural to Afghanistan. In the Asian Shepherd's veins runs the blood of ancient Tibetan Molos, shepherd dogs of various nomadic tribes and fighting dogs from Mesopotamia. The breed is close to the Mongolian and Tibetan Mastiff.
This is a strong breed, larger than average, with great strength and power. They are independent, curious and anxious dogs. The coat is short or medium length. The ears are cut, and the tail is moderately long. The most common colors are black or white, fawn with different shades - from almost white to deep red. Some have a black muzzle. The head is very solid. The neck is low, with goiter. The body is wide with proportionate muscles. The chest looks very long because the ribs are well developed. The legs are straight and must be proportionate, to never give the impression that the bones are weak. The rump is broad. This dog usually moves in gallop, but can run in trot too.
Character and behavior
The Asian Shepherd is a cautious dog that is first attached to his owner and then to the other family members. Bred to solve problems, the Asian Shepherd has an independent character, strength, courage and responsibility. Despite their large size, these dogs are quite agile, sometimes described as “cats inside dogs”. They are not suitable for beginners, due to their strong territorial and protective instinct. Precise and clever, the Central Asian Shepherds are suitable for people who are loyal and good leaders. During the training, the dog should be treated with respect to build a strong relationship between the animal and the owner.
Training and education
The training of this breed is not the easiest task. These dogs learn more slowly and do not like to execute commands. Should be handled calmly without unnecessary nerves and haste.
You should not be looking for quick results in dressage, because it will lead to complete disobedience.
The Central Asian shepherd dog is territorial and feel safe in the yard or around the flock that he must keep.
Nomads who bred these dogs have not tolerated any aggression against people because they lived in yurts and there was a danger of an attack on their relatives. Perpetrators were removed from the breeding process (they were killed). Exactly this selection is the foundation of today's behavior of this breed (we talk about purebred dogs uncontaminated by Caucasian Shepherds, Pit Bulls, Danes and others). That is why dogs of this breed are learning hard to attack or being aggressive.
The average life expectancy of the Central Asian Shepherd Dog is 12-14 years, which is pretty good for such a large animal. It is a generally healthy breed. You must carefully keep track of your pet nutrition to normalize his weight if necessary.
Grooming and care
Probably many people will be surprised by the fact that representatives of this breed are fans of "nightlife". This does not mean that during the day they only sleep, but the peak of mental and physical activity comes with the onset of darkness. Since the work of this dog in the herd mainly consists protection from predators, such as wolf, jackal, hyena, wildcat, which are mainly nocturnal animals, the Central Asian Shepherd adapted to such a regime of work. For this reason, even dogs that are grown in the city, are especially lively and energetic at evening and night, making them ideal guard in the yard. If you are looking for puppies for sale of this breed, you should think about the late night walks that await you.
The Asian Shepherd needs a properly balanced diet. The adult dog reaches a weight of 45 to 100 kg. Puppy grows about 18 months, during this period they increase their weight over 80 times. It is very important for the little ones to grow slowly without unnecessary weight. At 5-7 months of age, the weight should not exceed more than 50-60% of the weight of an adult.
Children and other pets
This dog is kind with children as long as he knows them from an early age and they do not harass him. Problems may arise with dogs of the same sex, and as suggested males are more aggressive, but it all depends on how you educate your dog. Females are more difficult to control if it comes to a quarrel with another pet, so you should be careful.
The first thing that separates this breed from the diversity of the canine world, is its age. Excavations in Central Asia and China testify that the Central Asian Shepherd dog existed more than 4000 years and has not suffered almost no noticeable changes. The most popular breeds today have 200-300 years of history.