Central Asian Ovtcharka

USD $1200-$2500 Price Avg.

Guard Dogs



Breed Type

Large, Giant


12-14 years


Breed Information

Group Guard Dogs
Popularity/Rank 414
Origin Russia
Other Names Central Asian Ovcharka, Central Asian Ovtcharka, Central Asian Owtcharka, Central Asian Sheepdog, Central Asian Shepherd, Middle Asian Sheepd, Middle Asian Shepherd, Middle Asian Shepherd Dog
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $1200-$2500
How much does it cost to buy a Central Asian Ovtcharka?
Central Asian Ovtcharka are usually priced differently from breeder to breeder and from place to place. As a rough guide, you can expect to pay between $1200 to $2500 if you purchase your dog from a reputable breeder. The price will increase if the dog has a fantastic pedigree. Dogs that already have basic training maybe even more expensive. But, most Central Asian Ovtcharkas can be adopted through a shelter for a lower fee.
Size Large, Giant
Weight 121-176 pounds (55-80 kg)
Height 27-32 inches (68.5-81 cm)
Lifespan 12-14 years
Recognized by
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose Protection.
Date of Origin 18th century
Ancestry Herding

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Dense, Double, Thick
Coat Colors Black, Brindle, Fawn, Flecked, Grey, Russet, Straw, White
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Honey, Brown, Amber, Black, Gray
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Tan, Grey, Silver, Red, Fawn
Coat Color Possibilities White, Gray, Black, Tan, Red, Sable, Agouti, Silver, Fawn
Coat Length Medium-long
Coat Density Medium
Coat Texture Double-coated
Recommended Brushes Slicker brush, Pin brush, Undercoat rake, Shedding blade, Grooming mitt, Nail clippers.
Brushing Frequency 2-3 times per week

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Adaptable, Bold, Curious, Imperturbable, Independent, Strong
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Yes

Health Elements

Health Issues
Health Problems Elbow Dysplasia, Hip Dysplasia
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Low
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 60 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Cups Per Day 3-4 cups
Daily Cost $50-$100
Monthly Cost $50-$100


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Central Asian Ovtcharka have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 4-10 puppies (Once a year.)


The Central Asian Ovtcharka is a large, powerful breed of dog that originated in the Central Asian region. It is a working breed that was bred to guard livestock and property. The Central Asian Ovtcharka has a strong, muscular body and an alert expression. It has a thick double coat that comes in various colors including white, black, gray, tan, and brindle.

The lifespan of the Central Asian Ovtcharka is between 10-12 years. They are large dogs with males reaching heights of up to 28 inches and weighing up to 110 pounds while females reach heights of up to 26 inches and weigh up to 90 pounds.

The personality of the Central Asian Ovtcharka is loyal and protective but also independent and aloof with strangers. They are intelligent dogs that need consistent training from an early age in order to be well-behaved adults.

Central Asian Ovtcharkas are friendly with other dogs but can be aggressive towards strange animals if not properly socialized from an early age. They can also be wary around children if not properly socialized but they can make good family pets if given proper training and socialization from an early age.

The temperament of the Central Asian Ovtcharka is alert, courageous, loyal, independent, protective, intelligent, strong-willed yet obedient when trained correctly. They need firm leadership from their owners as they can become dominant if not given clear boundaries or rules by their owners.

The health of the Central Asian Ovtcharka is generally good although they may suffer from hip dysplasia or eye problems such as cataracts or progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). Regular vet checkups are recommended for this breed in order to detect any potential health issues at an early stage so they can be treated promptly before becoming more serious problems later on in life.

The adaptability level of the Central Asian Ovtcharka is moderate as they do best when living in rural areas where there’s plenty of space for them to roam around freely without being confined indoors all day long like some other breeds may require due to their size or energy levels . The benefits of having a Central Asian Ovtcharka as a pet include its loyalty towards its owner(s), its intelligence which makes it easy to train them for various tasks such as guarding livestock or property ,and its strength which makes it ideal for protection purposes .


The Central Asian Ovtcharka is a large, powerful dog that was once used for guarding livestock and properties in the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. These dogs are also known as the Central Asian Shepherd Dog, the Kazakh Shepherd Dog, the Kyrgyz Shepherd Dog, the Tajik Shepherd Dog, the Turkmen Shepherd Dog, and the Uzbek Shepherd Dog. The Central Asian Ovtcharka is thought to be descended from the Tibetan Mastiff and various other ancient herding and guard dogs. The breed almost became extinct in the early 21st century due to cross-breeding with other types of dogs; however, a few dedicated breeders in Kazakhstan worked to preserve the purebred Central Asian Ovtcharka. The breed has since become popular in Russia and other parts of Europe.

The Central Asian Ovtcharka is a large dog, with males standing 26-28 inches (66-71 cm) tall at the shoulder and females 24-26 inches (61-66 cm). The breed standard calls for a dog that is well-proportioned and muscular, with a broad chest and strong bones. The head is large and rectangular, with a wide muzzle and almond-shaped eyes that are dark brown or black in color. The ears are medium-sized and set high on the head. The tail is thick at the base and tapers to a point; it is typically carried low when the dog is at rest but may be raised when excited or alert. The coat is thick and dense, with a wooly undercoat that helps protect against cold weather conditions. Coat colors include solid white, cream, tan/golden brown, wolf grey/silver grey, red/rusty red/brownish red/reddish brown/copper red/light brown/dark brown brindle; all colors may have black masks or markings on the face.

The Central Asian Ovtcharka was used for centuries as a guard dog by nomadic peoples in Central Asia. These dogs were tasked with protecting livestock from predators such as wolves and jackals; they were also used to defend their owners’ homes and property from intruders. In addition to being an excellent guard dog, the Central Asian Ovtcharka was also prized for its courage, strength, loyalty, and endurance.

The Central Asian Ovtcharka nearly became extinct in the early 21st century due to cross-breeding with other types of dogs; however, dedicated breeders in Kazakhstan worked hard to preserve this ancient breed. In 2001, there were only 30 purebred Central Asian Ovtcharkas left in existence; by 2005, this number had increased to 300 thanks to efforts by Kazakhstani breeders. Today there are an estimated 3000-5000 purebredCentral Asian Ovtcharakas worldwide; most of these dogs live in Russia or other parts of Europe where the breed has become popular in recent years