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South Russian Shepherd Dog
The sequence follows FCI breed standard.
CLASSIFICATION: Herding Dog
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: The history of the South Russian Shepherd Dog is shrouded in antiquity. There are many variations in the descriptions of their origin that are available. One thing seems certain; this is a native Russian breed, directly descended from the wolf, with additions of local shepherd dogs and sighthounds. They were used as flock herders and guardians in the Russian steppes. The South Russian Shepherd Dog was originally recognized on January 1, 1996 by the United Kennel Club as the South Russian Ovcharka. Effective January 1, 2009, the breed name was changed to South Russian Shepherd Dog, and the breed moved from the Guardian Dog Group to the Herding Dog Group.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: The South Russian Shepherd Dog is a dog of above average size and robust constitution, with a thick, dense, double coat. The breed is lean, but with massive bone structure and strongly developed musculature. Secondary sex characteristics are strongly marked, with the males being stronger, more massive and more courageous than the females.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: Fierce, distrustful of strangers, and dominant in character, the South Russian Shepherd Dog is capable of adjusting to a wide variety of climatic conditions and temperatures.
HEAD: The head is elongated in shape, with a moderately broad forehead. In basic shape, it is similar to the wolf.
Skull: The occipital crest and zygomatic arches are strongly developed. The stop is barely visible.
Nose: The nose is large and black.
Muzzle: The muzzle is approximately the same length as the skull, with a straight nasal bone and tight lips that are black and fully pigmented.
Jaws/Teeth: The South Russian Shepherd Dog has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.
Eyes: The eyes are oval in shape, with dark, tight rims. They are set horizontally, and are dark in color.
Ears: The ears are relatively small, triangular in shape, and hang close to the head.
NECK: The neck is moderately long, lean, muscular, and set high.
BODY: The body is slightly longer than tall. The chest is deep, reasonably broad and slightly flattened. The withers are apparent but not high. The back is straight and strong. The loin is short, broad and slightly arched. The belly is moderately tucked up.
TAIL: The tail falls at rest, reaching to the hock. It has a slight upward curve at the end.
FOREQUARTERS: The angle formed by the shoulder blade and the upper arm is approximately 100 degrees.
FORELEGS: The forelegs are straight, parallel and relatively long. The pasterns are wide, long and slightly slanting.
FEET: The feet are oval in shape, strong, well arched, and covered with long hair.
HINDQUARTERS: The hindquarters are powerful, wide set, parallel and well angulated.
HIND LEGS: The upper thigh is well muscled. The stifle is well angulated. The hock joint is clean cut and angular. The rear pastern is strong and long.
GAIT / MOVEMENT: The natural gaits of this breed are the heavy trot and the gallop. The gaits are free and extended. At a trot, the legs move in a straight line and tend to converge toward a center line.
HAIR: The coat is long, coarse, thick and dense, with a well developed undercoat. It is of equal length on the head, legs, chest and tail.
COLOUR: White, white and yellow, straw colored, ashen grey and other shades of grey, white lightly marked with grey and grey speckled.
Height at withers: Height for males is a minimum of 25 inches. For females, it is a minimum of 24 inches.
Teeth: Small teeth, lack of premolars.
Eyes: Light eyes.
Ears: Ears that lift away from the head.
Body: Square in shape or excessively elongated. Weak or roach back. Chest not let down to elbow. Excessive tuck up or sagging flank.
Coat: Straight hair.
Characteristics: Uncontrolled excitability or cowardice.
Teeth: Any bite other than scissors.
Nose: Pink nose.
Eyes: Eyes of different colors, pink eyerims.
Coat: Short coat, soft texture.
Color: Black, brown or any color not specifically stated in the standard. Strong speckling.