Saturday, December 29, 2012

Russian Bear Hunting Dog: Caucasian Ovcharka Nagazi


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.






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41 comments:

Jenny Bennett said...
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Jenny Bennett said...

Wow this dog is huge! People give pit-bulls a bad rap and this dog would eat a pit-bull for dinner.

Anonymous said...

reminds me of a lion. beautiful animal would make a wonderfull addition to the homes security sysstem in south africa. LOL

Anonymous said...

I do prefer big dogs with children as i feel they can take a bit more from them, even though my dog is brilliant with kids still wouldn't leave her alone with one because you just never know. what are these dogs reputations with kids? and what is there intelligence like? such a beautiful dog don't think i could own one which is a shame as i'm not that tall myself lol

Anonymous said...

a Beautiful, loyal dog, but one that should NOT come into the USA... We have too many people too interested in macho "status" breeds that are irresponsible, not to mention some people's continual interest in dog fighting. I would hate to see another beautiful, loyal breed so abused and used.

Anonymous said...

The man who has Nikolai and cannot control him is headed for disaster. If you need a dog that is so serious about security, then you should be in the Witness Protection Program--not advertising what an irresponsible dog owner you are all over TV. Always ask, "What do I have to offer this dog?," not "What does this dog have to offer me?" when considering whether or not to take a canine into your home. The dog deserves better.

Sandi Young said...

I agree completely with Anoymous's last comment. If this dog becomes popular in the US which it probably will, it's going to be a sad situation. Beautiful Dog/Very Dangerous + too many idiots in the US = Disaster.

Tena Hunter said...

I completely agree. As soon as I saw the video I thought great! Another breed for idiots to use and abuse. I pray that this woman does follow ups and more then once. If its to much for her then she needs to hire people to do so. These dogs are in for hell. And that guy on there has no business with Nikolai!

Anonymous said...

Jesus... so beautiful, but when he opens his mouth scares the hell out me

Anonymous said...

a very scary dog ...u wouldn't want it chasin you...far to dangerous..u wouldn't want it livin nxt door to you..

Anonymous said...

I have one of these dogs and he is not like the one in the video. If you can't control them you shouldn't have one. Also, the breeder in that video is pretty irresponsible for letting that guy have one. A properly trained CO is great with other people and will not chase after random vehicles. Training, Training, Training.

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Antor Biswas said...

This is reminding me of when my family rented a summer beach house and the owners left the dog, Puppy, for us to take care of. I know I never walked him. I don't think anyone did. It upsets me now to think about this.

Anonymous said...

So much wrong information about the Caucasian Ovcharka.
Caucasian Ovcharka's were NEVER used to hunt bears with. And they don't get to be that big.
The photo that's right above the last one is not even of a Caucasian Ovcharka. It is a picture of an Anatolian Shepherd dog.
Please stop hyping up this breed, you only make them more appealing to idiots who shouldn't even own a gold fish, let alone a dog.

finnishgirl said...

caucasian ovcharka is most beautiful and trusted. This dog is child friendly if you can training right. This dog won't hurt anyone who is not dangerous.

Anonymous said...

Any dog can be deadly been attacted by many but i am not scared of any dog but i will say is its how u raise them up if u treat them with respect they will do the same alot of reasons to y i got attacted is due to testing dogs tht i dont no.

Anonymous said...

They do.ive seen it on dailymotion.not nice viewing either

Tj Otte said...

I've been trying to find where to get one I'll pay what ever I love big dogs seeing I'm a big guy and having trained military k9s I know how to teach and train a dog so if anyone knows where I can get one of these please let me know

Russell Malcolm said...

look up rockhill caucasians. they breed and do socialization classes with them before u get them. been thinkin of gettin one,and they seem like they have a good program. they keep tabs with u and the dog for two yrs to help with proper training and if any problems occur,and u can return the dog if u cant handle before two yrs. they say they keep returned dogs to live with them...so i guess they must not have too many returned. check their site out. Rockhill Caucasians.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with you. I have 2 beautiful caucasian dogs and they are so amazing, cheerful and friendly. They are not as giant-y as the ones here and are not scary too.

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Anonymous said...

I lived with a 6 foot tall Caucasian mountain shepherd for about a year at my friend's house in Germany many years ago. I didn't know what kind it was until just the other day. He was a massive beast that scared me pretty good the first time I met him on the outside of the iron patio gate. I won't ever forget that image... and I thought he was some sort of German Shepherd on steroids. I had moved in with my Shih tzu and he just about immediately fell in love with her and me. He was our protector. He would follow my dog around everywhere she went. He never let her out of his sight and just patiently waited while she sniffed every blade of grass down and back along the long driveway. His favorite game was fetch with either a round firewood log about 10 inches in diameter or a 2×4. Now that I look back on it, the two alpha males in the family, my friend and his dad, treated me like a sister or daughter and they both had the wherewithal and strength to be in charge of him. I never worried about him hurting me after our first meeting, but I don't know that I would be inclined to get one just because this dog may have been the exception as well as the circumstances. I'll research it more. Thanks for the post:-)

Anonymous said...

I need to borrow one to clean up my neighborhood of all the un chained, unleashed pit-bulls that charge me when I walk my street that I have to fend off with a 4ft fiberglass rods because of irresponsible owner's...

stan d. upnow said...

Do not promote a breed as being "badass;" even if they are. Too many idiots out there that know nothing and care nothing about a breed. Too many interested in fighting dogs. There should be licenses issued for pet ownership with mandatory classes on the specific animal. Especially true for breeders. EVERY breed that becomes popular gets ruined. Stupid breeders try to "breed-out" the breed's historic traits in order to make them better pets, and thus sell more. They care Nothing about preserving the breed's characteristics.

tenletters said...

Hm. I actually own such a dog (I'm from Russia) and never heard it was bred to hunt bears. It's a sheperd breed, as in "caucasian sheperd", and a good protector, but a hunting breed would need a quite different set of traits. It's pretty big, true, but most specimens are of a size of an average St. Bernard or a little larger.
All the other facts from this article seem true from my experience. Do NOT buy this dog if you have children or elders at your house: it is absolutely cute as a puppy, but some day it will try to raise its status in a pack (i.e. growl at you and/or attack you). When this happens, you'll need to put the dog on its side by force and keep it this way until it submits. If you share your house with anyone who won't be able to do this - please DON'T buy this dog, for it's sake and yours. It absolutely requires power, dedication, patience and proper conditions to be raised and trained properly.

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Zaza said...

are you kidding? what do you mean "Russian Nagazi?" Nagazi is a Georgian word. It is the Georgian name of Caucasian shepherd, which is completely Georgian breed, not Russian! This dog is Georgian

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Unknown said...

They are NOT bred to be pets. They can be very unpredictable and when on guard, almost impossible to control. These dogs are used at many Russian prisions as the final line to thwart attempted escapes. For all you who say how wonderful they are and great with kids, you're dead wrong. My neighbor had one(named Guido) nd had this dog professionally trained at a training facilitate that train police K-9s, my neighbor kept up the training. My son, Taylor (who was 6), had known Guido since a pup (so about 3.5 yrs.). No one has ever been able to explain to me why this dog literally tore my son apart. We beat Guido with a bat, crow bar, pepper sprayed him to attempt to get him to let go of my sweet boy. When the sheriff showed up it took two bullets (one to the head and one to the throat) to kill that beast. When that thing died and let go of my baby, an arm and his lower spine had been ripped out....it literally fell to the ground. The love of my life had a face that was not recognizable. My son was buried 4 yrs, 2 mos and 7 days ago. So for all of you that swear these animals are "sweet" "great with kids", etc. you may want to think of my little boy who died in the most horrific way....imagine hearing your baby screaming how scared and how much pain he feels, crying for you to make the dog stop, begging you to help him, and then the horrific gurgling noise and finally the worst noise ever - silence. Imagine yourself and neighbor beating this behemoth, trying ANYTHING to stop the carnage and knowing you are helpless....learn from me and my son's death, they are NOT family animals and were not bred to be. Prevent the nightmare I live with everyday.

Anonymous said...

If you can prove your dominance, they will be loyal to you. If you show weakness... pray for your survival.

Anonymous said...

Indeed. I think maybe, if I'm up for the challenge, I would like to own one of these dogs. But if I'm not ready, I will settle for a smaller dog breed.

Anonymous said...

To unknown who lost his child to this breed. My heart hurts for you. Thank you for sharing such a gut wrenching story with us. Anyone who still wants this breed, had better be prepared for the consequences, and I can assure you, that there will be some. Thank you for having the courage to speak out and to try to open the eyes of the public. Bc

Mark said...

This is a large breed, and the individuals that own the dog need to be strong, fearless,but be loving at the same time and respectful to the dog, but the dog has to respect you as well, it's not a chihuahua,this is a dog that was bred as a guard dog. People need to do reviews, talk other people that own them and find about the breeders and the breeders need to interview the people that want to buy the dog for consideration for the dog,and the new owners.

Steve Bell said...

To Sandi Young's comment,

Yeah like americans have a monopoly on stupid - you are a prime example of that not being the case.

Dogs can be trained, you just have to let them know without a shadow of a doubt who is the ALPHA dog in the relationship. Go back to cleaning your dishes retard.

Unknown said...

The owner of this breed needs to be experienced with dogs, great breed but not for everyone.

Lev Last said...

The owner of this breed needs to be experienced with dogs, great breed but not for everyone.

Animallover804 said...

I highly doubt this story has any truth but if it is then one dog doesn't make up for the entire breed you idiot so stop trying to make this breed seem like their not fit for any human families and too dangerous to be around kids I have one (caucasian shepard female 1 year 145lbs)and a akita(male 3 years old 110lbs) my little brother plays roughly with both neither of them ever showing aggression it's different for other kids that's not been raised with the dogs though they'll rip apart any other kids they would dare such a thing but bottomline this beautiful breed is very dangerous to anyone it doesn't know it obviously it wasn't close to your boy as you thought sense you claimed knowing so much about the breed you shouldn't of let your so called son around the viscous killing machine in the first place������

Animallover804 said...

You pretty much right about the bear stuff. But the size no, it's unreal how the authentic pure bloodlines get 200+ on average very very large high dense bones large heavy muscle mass, slightly lightweight skeletal frame that all make up that extreme weight the fur they have really doesn't do ya justice let you see these dogs until you have one or see one in person and that dog was a Turkish kangal not a anatolian shepard two totally different dog breeds oh you people kill me with trying to show you know so much lol its so amusing to sit back and watch your ignorance but back on subject 85 90% percent of the things stated in this Web page were true don't believe it cross reference it to fact check.

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Sean Richard said...

Great article!! This stands true for first time hunters of any age. It’s the experience that makes or breaks their decision to continue.