The United States Caucasian Ovcharka Preservation Society (US-COPS), estimates that somewhere between 300-400 Caucasians exist in the USA at this time, with only a few litters being produced by ethical breeders in a given year. Ethical breeders are taking a cautious approach to the breed's widespread dispersal throughout the continent. Caucasians are not for everyone. Not everyone who wants a Caucasian should have one. Not everyone who gets a Caucasian will be able to handle it. Strong, intelligent, fiercely loyal, and highly protective, the Caucasian is not for the faint-of-heart, or the weak in body. A strong fence, early socialization and consistent obedience training are mandates for owning this breed.
The origins of the Caucasian Ovcharka are covered in the mists of prehistory. A millennium of geographical isolation and the extremely harsh conditions imposed by the Caucasus Mountains of Russia created a process of natural selection, where only the largest and most aggressive animals survived to carry on the breed. Further molded by the Soviet Military into a more trainable and compliant service dog, the Caucasian of today is a noble and magnificent guarding breed that is as sweet and gentle with family as they are tough and aggressive to strangers.
Majestic and dopey, aggressive and sweet, the Caucasian is a collection of opposites, unique in the world of dogs, and for those "at risk", they are worth the extra work they require. It is the Caucasian's heritage to be a defender, and if you work with him to achieve his destiny, he will be a loyal friend and fierce protector, willing without a moment's hesitation to give his life in the protection of yours.In summary, the well-bred Caucasian Mountain Dog offers the best of both worlds: the gentle sweetness and charm of a devoted companion, with the explosive fierceness of a defending warrior. For most of us, the inherent protectiveness of the breed is only occasionally apparent, when a suspicious-looking stranger approaches a bit too quickly, or when an unannounced visitor attempts to pop their head inside the front door. But for a few, their Caucasian will respond to a real threat with the fury born from a millennia of guardianship -- to protect and defend their family from the threat, or to die trying. (Excerpted from: "Caucasian Ovcharka: The Complete Resource on this Ancient and Mysterious Guardian", by Tamara Follett-Orbegozo, 452 pages, 300+ photos.
Information supplied by Tamara Orbegozo - ThunderHawk Caucasians