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Central Asian Shepherd

The Central Asian Shepherd was developed naturally in a large territory which spans from the Ural Mountains, to the Caspian Sea, to modern Turkey, to northwest China. The breed has been in existence for around 4,000 years, and is closely related to the Tibetan Mastiff as many of its predecessors included Tibetan breeds. The breed was originally used as a guard dog for livestock, caravans, and dwellings; they were also used as sentry guards during the Cold War.

The Central Asian Shepherd is a Molosser-type breed is tall and thick with loose skin. It is mature by three years of age. Its coat can be any color except for blue and brown. There are several different types of Central Asian Shepherd which differ in size, head type, hair type, and color. Generally the coat is thick, coarse and straight, except for on the head and the front of the legs it is short and smooth.

The Central Asian Shepherd is strong and is still often used as a watchdog or a livestock guardian. However, it is a gentle breed which can be a wonderful family pet. It was kennel bred and standardized beginning in the USSR in the 1930s. It is fairly easy to train and respectful of its owner.

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