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|Other names||Kurdish shepherd dog|
|Common nicknames||Pshdar dog |
|Breed status||Not recognized as a breed by any major kennel club.|
|Dog (domestic dog)|
The name is most likely derived from the Pshdar region of Kurdistan. It was, and still is, specially prized for its high stamina while fighting external threats, especially wild animals and other dogs. It has a fish-like body, broader at the chest and narrower at the waist, which enables it to twist and turn at high speeds irrespective of its huge frame.
The coats of Kurdish mastiffs can be yellow, white, red, burgundy, blue and black. The breed has loose skin, large dewlaps, and non-cartilaginous (soft and floppy) ears. The breed is longer and stronger than the other Asian mastiffs. Its body length is especially eye-catching, since it has a long and slender body resembling the lion. This breed has a significantly larger amount of endurance comparative to other dog breeds. It also has high body strength and is usually longer than other giant dog breeds.
Weight and height
Males weigh between 50 and 92 kilograms (even crossing 100 kg in rare cases), females 45 to 80 kilograms. The height of these dogs at the shoulder is between 75 and 90 centimeters in males and between 70 and 85 in females.
The Kurdish mastiff live on average 9 to 13 years. If they are used in combat, their expected lifespan is reduced to 6–8 years.
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