The Caucasian Mountain Dog comes from a region in Eurasia known as the Caucasus Mountains. Recently, this ancient breed has gained popularity in the U.S.. Fair warning Yanks, this 6 ft 185 lb pooch is unlike anything Americans have known.
VIDEO: National Geographic profiles the Caucasian.
Caucasian dogs are hybrids of more established breeds across Europe and Asia -- including mastiffs, molossers and bandogs
Far from being mutts, the Caucasians are highly specialized tools to protect properties, guard livestock, kill wolves, and hunt bears.
This stately canine is NOT a suburban-friendly Golden Retriever. Experienced owners do best with Caucasian Ovcharkas because they only respect and obey dominant handlers.
Many consider the Caucasian a loose cannon. Despite rearing and training, this dog will make its own decisions on how best to protect its family or property--sometimes despite the commands given to it.
Once pecking order has been established with its (human) family, the Caucasian is a laid back breed. At least until some unfortunate creature (man or beast) triggers its territorial instincts. Then it's all business.
This is a screenshot from the video above. The breeder is socializing a young Caucasian. A passerby offers his daughter's assistance. If you know this bonehead dad, please send him a link to this blog.