South Russian Ovcharka

USD $800-$1000 Price Avg.

Guard Dogs



Breed Type



9-11 years


Breed Information

Group Guard Dogs
Popularity/Rank 482
Origin Russia
Other Names Ioujnorousskaïa Ovtcharka, South Russian Sheepdog, South Russian Shepherd Dog, South Ukrainian Ovcharka, Ukrainian Ovcharka, Yuzhak
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $800-$1000
How much does it cost to buy a South Russian Ovcharka?
South Russian Ovcharka are usually priced differently from breeder to breeder and from place to place. As a rough guide, you can expect to pay between $800 to $1000 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 South Russian Ovcharkas can be adopted through a shelter for a lower fee.
Size Large
Weight 108-110 pounds (48-50 kg)
Height Male: 25 inches (65 cm),
Female: 24 inches (62 cm)
Lifespan 9-11 years
Recognized by FCI
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Purpose Guardian, Companion, Watchdog
Date of Origin Ancient Times
Ancestry Austrian Shepherds, Tatra Shepherds

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Dense, Double, Thick
Coat Colors Deadgrass, Gray, Grey, White, Yellow
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black
Coat Color Possibilities Fawn, Gray, White
Coat Length Large
Coat Density Dense
Coat Texture Wavy
Recommended Brushes Dematter, Deshedder, Scissors, Slicker Brush
Brushing Frequency Daily

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Active, Balanced, Brave, Courageous, Daring, Lively, Nervous
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 Yes
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 Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Low
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 16 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 70 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 5 to 6 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 4.5 cups
Daily Cost $2.00 - $2.50
Monthly Cost $60.00 - $75.00


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the South Russian Ovcharka have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 3-5 puppies (Once a year.)


The South Russian Ovcharka is a large, powerful dog breed that originated in Russia. It is a working breed that was developed to guard livestock and protect property. The South Russian Ovcharka has a strong, muscular body and an impressive presence. Its coat is thick and dense, usually white or cream in color with patches of gray or black.

The South Russian Ovcharka has an average lifespan of 10-12 years and can reach heights of up to 30 inches (76 cm) at the shoulder. They typically weigh between 80-120 pounds (36-54 kg). The colors of the South Russian Ovcharka vary from white to cream, with patches of gray or black on its coat.

The South Russian Ovcharka is known for its loyalty and protective nature. It is an intelligent breed that loves to please its owners but can be stubborn at times. This breed needs firm training from an early age in order to become obedient and well-mannered.

The South Russian Ovcharka is generally friendly with other dogs, children, and other animals if it has been properly socialized from a young age. However, it can be aggressive towards strangers if not properly trained or socialized as a puppy.

The temperament of the South Russian Ovcharka is alert and confident but also gentle when around family members or those it knows well. This breed needs plenty of exercise in order to stay healthy both physically and mentally; they are happiest when given tasks such as herding livestock or guarding property as this gives them purposeful work to do which they enjoy immensely!

In terms of health, the South Russian Ovcharka may suffer from hip dysplasia due to their large size; regular vet checkups are recommended for this breed in order to detect any potential issues early on before they become serious problems later down the line!

When it comes to adaptability level, the South Russian Ovcharka does best when living in rural areas where there’s plenty of space for them to roam around freely; however they can also do well in urban environments provided they get enough exercise each day! As pets, these dogs make excellent companions due their loyal nature; they will always be by your side no matter what!


The South Russian Ovcharka is a large, powerful dog that was once used for guarding and herding sheep in the steppes of Russia. The breed is thought to be descended from the mastiff-type dogs of the Central Asian countries, and it is believed that they were brought to Russia by the Tatars in the 13th century. The South Russian Ovcharka was used by the Cossacks in their battles against the Tatars, and they became known as "Cossack's dogs". The breed nearly became extinct after the Russian Revolution, but a few dogs were smuggled out of Russia and taken to Germany, where they were used for police work. The breed eventually made its way back to Russia, where it has become popular once again. The South Russian Ovcharka is recognized as a separate breed by the Russian Kennel Club and the FCI.