Fédération Cynologique Internationale



FCI-Standard N° 326

South Russian Shepherd Dog

(Ioujnorousskaïa Ovtcharka)




The sequence might differ slightly from the original breed standard.

ORIGIN

: Russia.

DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD

: 30.09.1983.

UTILISATION

: Sheepdog.

FCI-CLASSIFICATION

:
Group 1Sheepdogs and Cattledogs
Section 1Sheepdogs
Without working trial


TRANSLATION

: Mrs Peggy Davis.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

: The Owtcharka of meridional Russia is a dog of robust constitution, of above average size; he is fierce and distrustful of strangers, not very demanding and adapts easily to diverse climatic conditions and temperatures. Robust, lean, with massive bone structure and a strongly developed musculature.
Sexual type: Well evident according to sex. The males are courageous, stronger and more massive than the females.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

:
Index of bone structure Males 17 - 19; Females 16 - 18
Length index (Format) 108 - 110.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

: Type of highly nervous activity, strong, balanced, lively. Dominant reaction active way of defense.

HEAD

: Elongated shape with a moderately broad forehead; the occipital crest and the zygomatic arches are strongly pronounced. The stop is barely visible. The nose is big, black.

FACIAL REGION

:

Jaws/Teeth

: White, big, fitting closely. The incisors are set regularly and close in scissor bite.

Eyes

: Oval shape, set horizontally, dark; the eyelids lean, tight.

Ears

: Relatively small, of triangular shape, hanging.

NECK

: Lean, muscular, of moderate length, set high.

BODY

:

Withers

: Apparent but not high.

Back

: Straight and strong.

Loin

: Short, broad, rounded.

Chest

: Reasonably broad, slightly flattened, deep.

Underline and belly

: Moderately tucked up.

LIMBS

:

FEET

:

Forefeet

: Oval shaped, strong, well arched, covered with long hair.

Hind feet

: See Forefeet.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

: The gaits are free and extended. The natural gaits of this dog are the heavy trot and the gallop. At the trot, the legs move in a straight line with a slight convergence to the median line. The articulations of the fore- and hindquarters straightening up freely.

COAT

:

HAIR

: Long (10 – 15 cm), coarse, thick, dense, of equal length on head, chest, legs and tail, with a well developed undercoat.

COLOUR

: Most often white, but also white and yellow, straw colour, greyish (ashen grey) and other shades of grey; white lightly marked with grey; grey speckled.

SIZE

:

Height at withers

:
Males a minimum of 65 cm.
Females a minimum of 62 cm.

FAULTS

: Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

:
Aggressive or overly shy.
Everything which does not correspond to a correct closure of jaws in scissor bite.
Hair short or straight.
All the shades of the coat which have not been taken into consideration in the present standard.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.