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South Russian Ovcharka

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Breed Information
Popularity #
Name South Russian Ovcharka
Other names Ioujnorousskaïa Ovtcharka, South Russian Sheepdog, Ukrainian Ovcharka, Yuzhak, South Ukrainian Ovcharka, South Russian Shepherd Dog
Origin Russia Ukraine
Breed Group Herding
Size Large
Type Purebred
Life span 9-11 years
Temperament ActiveBalancedCourageousLivelyNervous
Height Male: 25 inches (65 cm)Female: 24 inches (62 cm)
Weight 108-110 pounds (48-50 kg)
Colors GreyGray & WhiteWhiteWhite & YellowDeadgrass
Litter Size 3-5 puppies
Puppy Price Average $800 - $1000 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Apartment Friendly 3 starsThe South Russian Ovtcharka is not recommended for apartment life.
Barking Tendencies 2 starsOccassional
Cat Friendly 3 stars
Child Friendly 3 stars
Dog Friendly 3 stars
Exercise Needs 4 starsFierce, distrustful of strangers, and dominant in character, the South Russian Shepherd Dog is capable of adjusting to a wide variety of climatic conditions and temperatures.
Grooming 4 stars
Health Issues 2 starsHypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 3 starsRanking: (#). (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 2 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsModerate Shedding: Routine brushing will help. Be prepared to vacuum often!
Stranger Friendly 3 stars
Trainability 3 starsModerately Easy Training: The Mudi is average when it comes to training. Results will come gradually.
Watchdog Ability 4 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Buddy Chloe
02 Tucker Bella
03 Bear Coco
04 Jack Sasha
05 Louie Abbie
06 Teddy Ellie
07 Henry Emma
08 Oscar Stella
09 Dexter Maggie
10 Bailey Maya
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Overview

The South Russian Shepherd Dog is a dog of above average size and robust constitution, with a thick, dense, double coat. The breed is lean, but with massive bone structure and strongly developed musculature. Secondary sex characteristics are strongly marked, with the males being stronger, more massive and more courageous than the females.

Fierce, distrustful of strangers, and dominant in character, the South Russian Shepherd Dog is capable of adjusting to a wide variety of climatic conditions and temperatures.

History
The history of the South Russian Shepherd Dog is shrouded in antiquity. There are many variations in the descriptions of their origin that are available. One thing seems certain; this is a native Russian breed, directly descended from the wolf, with additions of local shepherd dogs and sighthounds. They were used as flock herders and guardians in the Russian steppes. The South Russian Shepherd Dog was originally recognized on January 1, 1996 by the United Kennel Club as the South Russian Ovcharka. Effective January 1, 2009, the breed name was changed to South Russian Shepherd Dog, and the breed moved from the Guardian Dog Group to the Herding Dog Group.