Central Asian Shepherd
The "Volkodav" Shepherd is so named because it is traditionally used to protect flocks from Wolves, thus the name, "volkodav," which in Russian means, "wolf crusher." The common name used today in the USA is, "Central Asian Shepherd," but it traditionally goes by many names according to which region it is from.
Native to countries such as Kyrgyzstan, Tadzhikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan. But they are very popular in Russia, Ukraine and Eastern European countries as reliable guardians.
The breed is typically large and primarily bred to fend off wolves, bears, jackals and any other intruding predator. They are commonly known to kill snakes, which is an odd but sensible trait for a flock guardian dog.
There are different sub-breeds of the over arching breed name of Central Asian Shepherd. Some are bulky and muscular with short coats, and others are thicker coated with longer legs. We choose those with winter hardy long coats, and long legs for long distance trotting for travel.
They are both of Turkmenistan stock and are very winter hardy. Darius, our male is imported from Slovakia from champion parents. Olga, our female is only one generation away from a sire imported from Turkmenistan directly.
The breed at present has no fixed standard in the USA, and in the countries of its aboriginal origins, performance is more often considered rather than color, size or coat length. Because of this diversity it is possible to breed for various traits and modify them to particular new environments.
Our intent is to breed large, powerful, winter hardy guardians for our remote mountainous homestead in the interior of Alaska. Known for running down wolves and killing them, and having courage against intruding bears, the breed is ideal for Alaskans who may encounter large predators in the wilds of the far North.
For those who are concerned about violent crime and theft, this breed may be ideal for protecting home and family.
Darius shows his stature next to my wife.
Darius has not been weighed lately, but he is well over 100+ pounds and expected to get over 150 pounds. He is suspicious of strangers and when in the mountains at our homestead he will place himself between any intruders and our family. He does not run or back away from a threat but heads towards it.