South Russian Ovcharka: Breed information

South Russian Ovcharka

Are you a true animal lover and would you like to take a companion into your home? Maybe you have already thought about which breed of dog you would like to take into your home or you’re still busy thinking about which dog breed suits your needs.

In this article we would like to tell you more about the South Russian Ovcharka, so you can make the right decision whether you want to take a devoted and dominant South Russian Ovcharka into your home. Why for example are they so affectionate but at the same time so dominant? That and more you can read in this article, so read on to learn more! 


The history of the South Russian Ovcharka 

When you see name South Russian Ovcharka listed, you will most likely assume that this dog breed comes from Russia. This is true, but this is not the only country where this dog breed comes from. In fact, in addition to Russia, this dog breed also comes from Ukraine. Isn’t that special?  


The character: dominant, courageous, and intelligent 

The South Russian Ovcharka is a dog with many different characteristics, which actually makes this dog breed very special. It is namely a dog that is very dominant, but also very affectionate. Precisely because they can be dominant, they are also very good watchdogs. This is because they are very courageous.  

It is nice to know that this dog is affectionate, but it is important to keep in mind that the South Russian Ovcharka is sometimes distrustful of people. This is an important reason why you should take a lot of time to build a good bond with this dog breed.

They are very intelligent and know who they are facing. If you have a good relationship with them, they can be very watchful of you. That they are watchful is in their character, but to ensure that they can be a good watchdog for you it is important to give them time to get used to you. 

South Russian Ovcharka with owner

The appearance: a muscular dog with a long coat 

When you see this dog, you might not immediately think that it is a muscular dog. This is mainly because their body is covered by their long coat. Nevertheless, these dogs are very muscular and can get a shoulder height between 62 centimeters (females) and 65 centimeters (males) and can weigh between 40 kilograms and 60 kilograms.

Due to their long coat, their eyes are not always very visible because the coat hangs in front of their eyes. The eyes are usually dark in color and their fur is often white in color. Their long coat continues through their long tail, which is often carried downward. They have a long muzzle and drooping ears. 


The care of the coat 

Since the South Russian Ovcharka has a long coat, it is important to maintain the coat well. But what is the best way to do that? Grooming your dog is always important. It is important to pay a lot of attention to the coat. It is probably good to know that grooming the coat is not a difficult job. The best way to take care of the coat is to brush it at least once a week.

This is recommended because the dogs do shed a lot, which is not surprising with their beautiful long hair. Has your four-legged friend become extremely dirty? Then a bath is never wrong. Try to get them used to a nice clean bath every now and then. Because of their long coat, dirt and unpleasant odors can easily get into the coat. That you’d rather avoid! 


The diseases that a South Russian Ovcharka can get 

You want of course not think about that your dog gets sick, but it is for certain reasons very important to keep in your head that this can happen. You do need to have the right options in place to properly care for your dog, so too if he gets sick. Certain breeds of dogs can suffer from several illnesses more quickly. Of course, the possibility exists that any dog can get sick and suffer from various diseases, but the South Russian Ovcharka is more susceptible to, among other things: 

  • Gastric Torsion  
  • Hip dysplasia  
  • Elbow dysplasia