Central Asian Shepherd Dog

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This magnificent specimen is part of a rather rare species and are very difficult to find. It is necessary to think about it a long time in advance and to search a lot before getting a puppy, because the breedings are few in number. Rather confined within the Russian borders, the breed is not yet very widespread elsewhere in Europe or on the planet.

Height 60 to 78 cm
Weight 40 to 79 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 15 years

Quick Overview of the Central Asian Shepherd Dog


  • Strong character
  • Well-balanced
  • Rather reactive
  • Tendency to guard


  • Strength and power
  • All permissible colors
  • Coarse, full and smooth coat
  • Small round eyes


  • Rustic and very robust
  • No particular pathology

Temperament of the Central Asian Shepherd Dog

This large specimen is intended for guarding herds. He has a strong character and is rather reactive. This well balanced dog is focused on guarding and his actions are all guided by his work. Whether used for herding or guarding his masters' property, the Central Asian Shepherd Dog is conscientious and can even bite if necessary. It is best to let him decide how to intervene in his work.

Despite his size, he is very compatible with children. He does not particularly like strangers and his protective instinct often prevails when they arrive. He can even bite if the intruder persists without waiting for permission to enter.

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Breed Appearance

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This huge hardy dog is robustly built and above average size. Very massive, the Central Asian Shepherd Dog has very powerful muscles. His entire constitution exudes strength and power.


Between 65 and 78 cm (25.59 to 30.71 inches) for the male
Between 60 and 69 cm (23.62 to 27.17 inches) for the female


Between 50 and 79 kg (110.23 to 174.16 pounds) for the male
Between 40 and 65 kg (88.18 to 143.30 pounds) for the female


His dress is admissible in all colors.


His harsh coat is full, smooth and has a thick, woolly undercoat.


His head is pretty wide with an obvious stop. His small round eyes are well apart. His triangular and hanging ears are usually amputated. His nose is black. His long tail is carried with panache.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 2, section 2 and is #335

Price and monthly budget

Price you can expect to pay for a Central Asian Shepherd Dog puppy: between 900 € / $ 1 / £1 and 1300 € / $ 1 / £1
These prices are indicative and may vary from breeder to breeder

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Tips About this breed

With his very large size, it is often best to leave him outside. A large enclosed space allowing frequent contact with his master will be the ideal place for this beautiful big dog. Despite his strong temperament and rather reactive character, he loves his master and adores his company.

It is absolutely necessary to provide him with a very firm education in order to contain his strong character. An iron hand will enable him to control his lively and sometimes biting emotions. The females are gentle and more docile than the males that have a more dominant nature.

Health of the Central Asian Shepherd Dog

Rustic and very robust, no particular pathology affects the Central Asian Shepherd Dog  and the specimens generally enjoy excellent health. He enjoys a long life expectancy.


This beautiful large specimen needs weekly brushing, which will be more than enough to maintain him. No other special maintenance is necessary.

History of this breed

The origins of the Central Asian Shepherd Dog is rather nebulous. Once raised in a very small habitat, it is most likely that he comes from a cross between a Tibetan Mastiff and native sheepdog. As a result of this crossbreeding, four different types would have been born, including the Caucasian Shepherd, the South Russian Shepherd, the Caucasian Steppe Shepherd and of course the Central Asian Shepherd Dog.

For a long time confined within the borders of Russia, the breed is beginning to be known more and more outside of the country, but is still only at the beginning of his popularity. Subjects are still pretty rare in Western Europe and information about them is also scarce.

The breed was only officially recognized in 1989 by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) but there is still some confusion about it. One thing is however certain, this great dog is efficient for herding, for which he is very much appreciated. In spite of his talent as a guardian, he is more and more appreciated as a family companion dog.

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