South Russian Ovcharka

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South Russian Ovcharka
South Russian Ovcharka.jpg
Other namesYoujnorousskaïa Ovtcharka
South Russian Sheepdog
Ukrainian Ovcharka
South Ukrainian Ovcharka
South Russian Shepherd Dog
OriginUkraine, Russia
Classification / standards
FCI Group 1, Section 1 Sheepdogs #326 standard
UKC Herding Dog standard
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The South Russian Ovcharka, also known as a Ukrainian Shepherd Dog, or South Russian Sheepdog, is a sheepdog from the Ukrainian steppes between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

Russian Sheepdog circa 1915

This mountain dog is an undemanding dog, which can adapt to most weather conditions.


Males should stand no less than 25 inches (64 cm) tall,[1] 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.

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  1. ^ "Breed standard". UKC. Retrieved 13 February 2015.

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