In my own breeding choices, I especially emphasize the character and health suitable for the animal guard. Shows and titles are therefore not an important criterion for me at all for CAOs, but the priority is specifically working use based on the original purpose of the breed, and I plan litters primarily for my own use to protect the sheep.

If you are interested in getting CAO from us, you must have a job for it, either with animals or as a territory guard, and an area fenced with a sufficiently high and durable fence, where the CAO can do its work.

History, temperament and health

CAO is one of the oldest dog breeds, an original livestock guardian breed from Russia. The breed developed through natural selection over a period of more than four thousand years in a very wide area. The CAO was mainly used as a protector of livestock, caravans and its owner's residence, the breed has also been subject to harsh natural selection. The demanding habitat and the constant fight against predators have left their mark on both the appearance and character of the breed; made it strong, fearless and energy-saving.

Purposeful breeding of the breed began in the Russia in the 1930s. 

CAO is self-confident, balanced, proud and independent. The dog must be very brave, highly functional and durable, it has a natural tendency to guard its territory. Fearlessness towards large predators is a characteristic of it. The breed is also characterized by a lot of guarding, so when acquiring a CAO, it is necessary to take into account its original purpose, which is why the CAO is not suitable for an apartment building or a terraced house, or even for an urban area. The CAO is at its best an independent and strongly guarding dog, which should have a high reaction threshold. When acting in a breed-like manner, the CAO's guarding behavior intensifies in its own territory and the dog reacts quickly.

CAOs are very intelligent dogs and you should never try to control them with coercion or physical force, because the end result is usually the opposite of what you want. The breed is considered difficult to motivate and therefore challenging to train, because it has almost no desire to please. It is innately wary of anything foreign and threatening, which is why special attention must be paid to socialization.

Due to its large size, the CAO as a breed is generally affected by musculoskeletal diseases, hip and elbow joint dysplasia, sometimes also spondylosis and cruciate ligament problems. In addition to these, the breed also has some gastric torsion, heart defects and wrong positions of the eyelids.