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She is the puppy in the front of the picture.  Alabai from Russia
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Super cute!
 
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What's her story?

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I'm getting her from a breeder in MI that imported the parents from Russia.  They are considered to be one of the oldest dog breeds in existence.  She is just over a month old now and will be ready for me to pick her up about Mar 6th.
 
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Tibetan mastiff or Caucasian mountain shepherd dog?

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EDIT: Sorry, Alabai, I missed that somehow. That's the Central Asian Ovtcharka.
 
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Chris Kott wrote:Tibetan mastiff or Caucasian mountain shepherd dog?

-CK

EDIT: Sorry, Alabai, I missed that somehow. That's the Central Asian Ovtcharka.



Yeah Chris, also called the Central Asian Shepherd, but that isn't a very apt name, because they have never really been used a shepherd dogs. There just isn't a very good translation for the word.  I don't use Ovtcharka because I don't know how to pronounce it correctly :)  I'll learn how from Katerina when I pick the dog up.  Anyway, her name is Dasha, so that's easy enough to pronounce.
 
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I just read all about Central Asian Shepherds on wikipedia and they sound like just the kind of LGD I'll be looking for here in the not too distant future. I believe Dasha will make a fine LGD for your needs!
 
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James Freyr wrote:I just read all about Central Asian Shepherds on wikipedia and they sound like just the kind of LGD I'll be looking for here in the not too distant future. I believe Dasha will make a fine LGD for your needs!



Thanks James.  Alabai's are said to make really good personal protection dogs as well as LGD, and Dasha will really be a pet with additional duties :)  I haven't trained a PP dog for a while, so it will be fun to do some of that work again, as well as just adding another family member.

Dasha's parents and litter mates can be seen here:  Guardian Dog
 
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Nearly old enough to move to her new home:

Dasha

 
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So far, I'm very pleased with the choice to go with an Alabai as a LGD.  At 10 weeks, she has low prey drive, and interacts well with my cats and doesn't even pay much attention to the chickens.  She is a little curious, but not aggressive towards them at all.  She is obviously not allowed to be around them without supervision yet, but she is doing really well for a puppy of this age, much better than I expected.  Dasha is a pretty independent puppy, as I expected from a LGD.

At 9 weeks old she was 24lbs, so I expect she will end up in the 125-130lb range.  Her mother is 128lbs currently and I would expect about the same from her, but she may be a little larger.  130lbs is a size I am happy with.  It's large enough that I don't need to worry about her with predators, but small enough that she should be able to move really well and have great endurance. 

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Dasha at just under 10 weeks
 
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Oh she's gorgeous!

I am so glad she's working out for you.

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Thanks Chris, she is doing great.
 
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