South Russian Ovcharka
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|Other names||Ioujnorousskaïa Ovtcharka
South Russian Sheepdog
South Ukrainian Ovcharka
South Russian Shepherd Dog
|Country of origin||Ukraine, Russia|
|Dog (Canis lupus familiaris)|
A South Russian Ovcharka, also known as a Ukrainian Ovcharka, or South Russian Sheepdog, is a large, long-haired (12 centimeters), white sheepdog. Breeders have not yet developed a precise theory of the dog's origins. However, it is agreed that its ancestors lived in the Crimea region between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. Standing about 36 inches tall, it has a long head, with dangling, small, triangular ears. Its coat consists of long, thick coarse hair, usually white (although sometimes white with yellow, or with shades of grey), that is bushy and slightly wavy.
An undemanding dog, it can adapt to most weather conditions.
- Standard on Rusdog.ru (at Internet Archive) (Russian)
- http://www.pets-corner.net/breed/149.html Detailed information on the breed.
- http://sro.rusdog.ru Russian National Club of SROs.
- http://www.southrussian.ru Data Base of SROs.