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Has anyone on this forum owned a Caucasian Mountain Dog (Ovcharka)? I have been fascinated by this breed ever since I learned about them a little over a year ago. I've even met one! She was small for the breed, at a little over 100 lbs., strong beyond belief, and much friendlier than I had expected. She approached me with tail wagging and soft, happy eyes, and after getting permission to approach, she suddenly lunged at me - and nearly smothered me in a bear hug.

I've seen videos portraying these and other LGD breeds as vicious. I'm sure they can be, but I've also seen these very same dogs playing with little children carefully. So, if anyone here has every owned a Caucasian, or knows someone who had one, please share your experiences!
 

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About a year ago, I met one and she's truly big and very gentle too but have little excitement problem. Do you plan to get one?
 

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That's the plan, but it's contingent on the probable disposition of the dog. I'm not in any hurry. I currently have dogs, and plan to wait for them to pass away before getting a Caucasian, if I decide that's a good idea. I don't mind the extra time spent socializing a Caucasian, and if I can find a breeder that breeds companion lines as well as guardian lines, I'd love to add one to my family.

What kind of excitement issues did the Caucasian you knew have? Also, do you recall how much she weighed? And what kind of dog is shown in your picture? He/she's adorable!
 

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Why shouldnt a CO be good with kids. They should be gentle family dog and soft natured with kids. People dont understand dogs. LGDs are used to guard flocks. Must never harm stock but be fearless and even lethal if just being there isnt enough of a deterent.
On a few occasions of putting my older son in time out he cried. What is the CO nature. To be concerned, want to comfort him and then lay in front of the chair. They take good care of their charges. Now let some try to come on the property and youd see the opposite side. Working dogs often havd dr j and mr h peronalities. People see aggression Defense Drive and assume vicious.
 

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Why shouldnt a CO be good with kids. They should be gentle family dog and soft natured with kids. People dont understand dogs. LGDs are used to guard flocks. Must never harm stock but be fearless and even lethal if just being there isnt enough of a deterent.
On a few occasions of putting my older son in time out he cried. What is the CO nature. To be concerned, want to comfort him and then lay in front of the chair. They take good care of their charges. Now let some try to come on the property and youd see the opposite side. Working dogs often havd dr j and mr h peronalities. People see aggression Defense Drive and assume vicious.
I've read and seen in videos that CO's are generally great with kids. And as I understand it, all CO's should have an active defense drive. Doesn't at all mean vicious - just means there's an elevated need for proper socialization, so the dog can correctly interpret what a real threat is. I just want as much personal experience feedback as I can get before getting a CO for my home.
 
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