Most people do not know what the Central Asian Shepherd is and there are not many found in North America. They were bred to be a multi-purpose working dog that developed in central Asia within the former Soviet Union. The Central Asian Shepherd is known by many names, but the American Kennel Club recognizes the breed as the Central Asian Shepherd. Other names for them include Central Asian Sheepdog, Middle Asian Ovcharka, Turkmen Alabai, Aziat, and Volkadov. Their original purpose was to protect the livestock and shepherds and provide companionship. Later, they were used within the military and also in dog fighting rings across Asia. While not a popular breed in North America, the Central Asian Shepherd is one of the most popular breeds in central Asia.
Central Asian Shepherd Dog Names In Pop Culture
Not being a popular breed in the United States, it is rare to see a Central Asian Shepherd competing at dog sport events such as conformation shows and rally obedience trials. That is why people sit up and take notice when Bauer, or UKC, URO 1 Champion Bossar Bauer Chorasan, steps into the ring. Bauer also holds an AKC rally novice title. Bauer is owned by Bob and Sue Lindquist of Empire State Central Asian Shepherds. Bob and Sue had been admirers of a European dog named Danish Medzal Ala and they were determined to find a male Central Asian Shepherd with Danish’s qualities. Then they stumbled onto two Central Asian Shepherd bloodlines in Europe, Turkmen Alabai and Ortodoks Konvent. These bloodlines are considered the best within Europe. Their female Central Asian Shepherd, Ziva, has Turkmen Alabai bloodlines so they began researching the Ortodoks Konvent lines. Luck was with Bob and Sue when they contacted Juraj and Nisinka, friends in Russia that also bred Central Asian Shepherds. Juraj and Nisinka have a female that has the Ortodoks Konvent bloodlines and they had just bred her to Danish Medzal Ala. Bob and Sue were able to pick a male from this litter. Thus, Bauer made the long trip to Bob and Sue when he was a pup and they were excited to see how he would mature. Bauer has been undergoing much health testing and preliminary tests show that Bauer could be a carrier for Cystinuria. Cystinuria is a lethal disease that is an inherited recessive disorder that will affect the dog’s ability to filter cystine out of the urine. Further testing is planned to determine if Bauer is indeed a carrier of this disorder. If he is a carrier, Bob and Sue will not breed him.
Empire State Central Asian Shepherds is a family owned kennel that has fully embraced the Central Asian Shepherd and is diligently working to inform and educate the general public on this rare breed. They do not simply breed Central Asian Shepherds; they ensure they are producing puppies that are healthy and free of genetic disorders. Bob and Sue spend a good amount of time researching bloodlines, training their Central Asian Shepherds, and performing health testing on all their dogs. Bob and Sue do not sell their Central Asian Shepherds to just anyone wanting one, each potential family must undergo vigorous questioning and have a willingness to learn more about this unique breed. Bob and Sue’s love for dogs started over 50 years ago with the German Shepherd Dog; one, in particular, named Bear. Bear is forever etched in their hearts because of his bravery and willingness to put himself between danger and their two young sons. At just 7 months old, Bear took down a vicious dog in their neighborhood that was threatening their young sons, saving the boys from being attacked by this dog. It was several years later when Sue discovered the Central Asian Shepherds and a new love story began. Bob was soon smitten as well and the rest, as they say, is history.
Central Asian Shepherd Dog Name Considerations
It takes a strong leader and experienced handler to own a Central Asian Shepherd. These dogs are considered one of the strongest dogs in the world and without proper training, they will become aggressive and potentially dangerous to other animals and people. Because the Central Asian Shepherd is not well-known, people are unaware of the strong temperament of the breed. This breed is not recommended for families with young children or inexperienced dog handlers. For those people looking for an impressive dog and have the time and energy to devote to properly training them, the Central Asian Shepherd may just be the breed for them. This dog is not meant for apartment life; if you have a small backyard, make sure you spend plenty of time going for long walks or jogs to help your Central Asian Shepherd expel much of their energy and keep them in shape. Once you have brought a Central Asian Shepherd puppy home, it will be time to find a name for them. Even though the Central Asian Shepherd originated within the former Soviet Union, many people take their name to heart and choose names with a distinctive Asian influence instead of names that lean more heavily towards Russian or Middle Eastern. No matter what you decide to name your new Central Asian Shepherd, make sure the name is easy to pronounce, does not sound like a common command, and is not similar to other dogs’ names in your neighborhood.