According to Wikipedia:
This is an ancient breed from the regions of Central Asia. It is not the result of artificial selection: the native breed called alabai historically common among Central Asian peoples. Used by shepherds, as well as to protect and guard duty.
The Central Asian Ovcharka (/ɒvˈtʃɑːrkə/) is a large breed of dog recognized by FCI, as a Molossoid type dog breed of Soviet-era origin under Russian patronage. Numerous breed representatives reside in Russia, and local kennel club officials refer to Central Asians as one of the most popular dog breeds in the country, rating them as the #1 breed in country around 2000.
Well, we got one about three months ago to guard our livestock. She is amazing. And HUGE!
Since she is not too fond of the heat she spends a lot of the day sleeping in the washing room of the Little Farm and then runs around chasing coyotes ( who have eaten 11 of our cats over the years) all night which is her job. She is incredibly sweet and gentle ( and weighs 120 lbs right now and will grow to 150 by 3 years). She is now 9 months old and her name is Smokey. Such a smart dog – learned to sit, stay and heel without the leash in three weeks – can be VERY stubborn but realizes that I am the alpha dog and so we got that straight early on!
Here she is – and then she poked her head out of the doggie door to check if I was really going to take her for a walk or was just going outside myself. As you can see she has the intelligent eyes of a human. One smart dog ( I call her my horsie dog as she is truly enormous….and growing!)