South Russian Ovcharka

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South Russian Ovcharka
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Other names Ioujnorousskaïa Ovtcharka
South Russian Sheepdog
Ukrainian Ovcharka
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. 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.

Russian Sheepdog circa 1915

An undemanding dog, it can adapt to most weather conditions.

See also


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

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