Georgian Shepherd

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Georgian Shepherd Dog)
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Georgian Shepherd Dog
Georgia Shepherd.jpg
Georgian Shepherd
Other namesGeorgian Mountain Dog
Common nicknamesQartuli Nagazi or Nagazi
Height Dogs minimum 65 cm (26 in)
Bitches minimum 60 cm (24 in)
Weight Dogs 50 kilograms (110 lb)
Bitches 45 kilograms (99 lb)
Coat Thick double coat—thick undercoat
Color any color, white
Litter size 3–10 puppies
Life span 11–12 years
Kennel club standards
Cynological Federation of Georgia standard
NotesNational animal of Georgia.
Dog (domestic dog)

The Georgian Shepherd, also known as Georgian Mountain Dog, is a breed of guard dog and livestock guardian dog from the Georgian Caucasus.


There are two kinds of Georgian livestock guardian dogs: the short haired "Lion" type, typically pure white or white with dark patches on its coat and the long hair "Bear" type are typically dark brown to black head and lighter brown covering the rest of the coat. In Georgia they are known as, Qartuli Nagazi. The short hair "Lion" type is considered to the oldest or Aboriginal variant of the breed, with the pure white being the rarest coat color. The "Lion" variant was predominantly found in the north-east regions of Georgia.

Physically, these dogs are strongly-boned, muscular, and athletic, with a large head and powerful legs. Georgian Shepherds tend to be assertive, brave, and alert. Shepherds traditionally used Georgian Shepherd for defending sheep from predators.[1]

See also[edit]