Extracts from "The Caucasian and Central
Asia Shepherd Dogs and other wolfdogs" by V.Vysotsky
Let's start our talk before you buy a puppy. Too many dogs-owners
to be make their decision of choosing a puppy on the spur of the
moment while such extremely important thing like deciding on a human
companion for 10 or 15 years should be taken more seriously. First
of all, you should answer honestly the following questions.
Are you really ready to all those problems that a puppy will inevitably
bring onto your life (scratched furniture and foot wear, its droppings
and "puddles" during a young period, a pet walking it
the rain and coming back dirty, problems with a holiday, dog food
and training expenses, medical care, etc)? Are you ready to work
hard both physically and intellectually? Will all your family be
glad to have a puppy at home? Are you sure that you will cope with
a strong independent dog?
Providing you have at least one negative answer to the questions
above don't hurry to buy a sheepdog's puppy. It's worth consulting
an expert but in any case you should bear in mind that the Caucasian
Shepherd Dog and its "brother" Central Asia Shepherd Dog
are very specific dogs. Their difference from other dogs is based
on the fact that they are not a product of human activity.
First of all, you should take into account that the dogs are differentiated
by their specific characters. There are fight dogs, which are quite
indifferent to strangers. There are guardian dogs, which are very
alert and sometimes even hostile to strangers.
Unfortunately, there are dogs (usually they are the product of
a human activity) that can't confront neither dogs, nor people.
Of course, it doesn't mean that a fight dog can't guard people's
housing or a guard dog can't fight. But it's worth taking into account
the dog's orientation. So, to make the right choice you should consult