It is not difficult to adopt a dog of Caucasian Shepherd breed in our country, but it is difficult to understand if we are the right masters for him. It is disconcerting to see people who are worried about looking for a puppy with a pedigree (the best specimens, those of pure race, are imported from Russia), and then abandon it on the street, at the kennel, in pensions; many times some breeders have been seen to bring back the dog because "too demanding".
It is not to be objected that the Caucasian Shepherd is a very demanding animal. Who, among the various forums and online guides, writes that it is suitable as a first dog and that can be adopted by an inexperienced family, probably wrong, and increases the risk of abandonment of the puppy. The Caucasian Shepherd needs a master with a very strong, decisive character and a vast experience with large dogs: even if you buy or adopt a puppy, do not forget that sooner or later it will grow and its needs will change. hand that grows and the age advances. The dog must raise him and make him understand the right and wrong actions, as any parent would do with his child. It is certainly not claimed that a dog should be treated as good or better than human beings, but the necessary conditions must be created to make him develop his natural predilections. The Shepherd of the Caucasus is so named because it was originally used to defend the flock and the house of the shepherds, from thieves of cattle and predatory animals such as bears, even coming to kill them or to sacrifice themselves for the master. It is well understood that this dog must be educated in an optimal way (or trained, whatever you want.) Even children must be trained to respect the dog, especially while eating: it is a bad idea to take away the bowl of food while it is intent to eat , as well as engage in particularly violent games.You can hurt or hurt even children because of the size of the animal, which perhaps seeks to escape unscathed to the typical little children (the most common are the furrows, the look for ride it, the fingers in the eyes and / or cling to the mane.) It is therefore appropriate to educate the children on the arrival of a Caucasian Shepherd in the family.
The Caucasian Shepherd, for his size and for his very rustic character, needs a house with a garden since he is a puppy, in order not to jeopardize the correct physical and mental growth. It is better that there is a real garden, with the typical turf, but if you have the space it would be better to create a small area covered with rocks and sand, so that the dog, while running or playing, naturally develops the his musculature and a harmonious posture, in addition to accelerating the setting. After all, his ancestors grew up in villages and mountain lands.
It relates very well with other puppy animals, less when it is already an adult, but it is enough to get them used to it and make them understand that they are an integral part of the home. The Caucasian shepherd will become so fond of it that he would fight to be killed for the family members and for the "flock" (the other animals in the house). It is ideal for those who have a single house with a garden, very far from the town, if not isolated. With the Caucasian Shepherd, no other alarms are needed at home, because, like his predecessors, an adult specimen can perceive a stranger miles away, attacking him when he is sufficiently approached to him. Unless you are the master, you should never look a dog like that in the eye, because they perceive it as a sign of challenge, while some agree to be approached gently, without making sudden movements. In reality, the Caucasian Shepherd is not a dog suitable for those who want to subdue it, but for those who want to build a constant relationship every day between the animal and the owner, without using violence, but sweet firmness.
It should not be surprising if the price of the Caucasian Shepherd can change according to the breeding. The price is determined by the characteristics and the quality of the subject, in addition to the bloodline. The bloodline is nothing more than a set of details on the morphology, on the character and all those characteristics that are transmitted by genetic means, so as to identify an accurate selection in a specific race. In one race there may be one or more lines of blood, with more or less different characteristics, but always remaining within a specific race. The quality of the animal and its bloodline are decisive for setting its value, in addition to the qualifications acquired by its parents, and the type of pedigree. The age of the animal is also decisive: the smaller it is, the less it is worth. It is valuable even if a farm provides a written guarantee (usually health, morphological or character).
In Italy there are many shepherd breeding farms in the Caucasus, especially in the north or central Italy. Visiting the Caucasian Shepherd Breeding section, you will discover locations and characteristics of the breeding.
As already mentioned, it sometimes happens that owners not really "civil", abandon this dog, because they do not know or do not want to handle it. That's why, in Northern Italy, two experienced trainers have founded SOS Caucaso, a sort of refuge of the Caucasian Shepherd, in this place the dogs stay until the right master is found. Assisted by veterinarians and with the support of local and international farms, they are able to better advise those who want to adopt a Caucasian Shepherd, not minding whether or not they have a pedigree. SOS Caucaso also manufactures nice gadgets with hair lost by animals, as well as recommending herbal remedies for small health disorders of these extraordinary animals. If you want you can contact SOS Caucaso by consulting the website of the same name.