Central Asian Shepherd Dog
The Central Asian Shepherd Dog (Russian: Среднеазиатская овчарка; Алабай, romanized: Sredneazïatskaya ovčarka; Alabay) is an ancient livestock guardian dog breed from the Central Asia region. Traditionally, the breed was used for guarding sheep and goat herds, as well as to protect and for guard duty. It is a large breed of dog recognized by FCI as a Molossoid type dog breed of Soviet-era origin under Russian patronage. Numerous breed representatives reside in Russia, and local kennel club officials refer to Central Asians as one of the most popular dog breeds in the country, rating them as the #1 breed in the country around 2000.
Also known as
This breed is also called Alabai, Aziat, Cao, Central Asia Shepherd Dog, Central Asian Ovcharka, Central Asian Ovtcharka, Central Asian Sheepdog, Central Asian Shepherd, Nardicum Muhtar, Sredneasiatskaia Ovtcharka, Sredneaziatskaya Ovtcharka as well as Turkment Wolfdog.
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