The Central Asian Shepherd and the Service-Emo-Therapy Dog Trend .

A service dog is one “trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities,” according to the Americans for Disabilities Act (ADA). ... While service dogs do provide comfort and emotional support for their owners, they only meet the federal definition if they do a job the owner can’t perform themselves.

Having a dog who acts as a therapy-service-emotional dog is certainly an appealing thought. Your dog could travel with you anywhere; bring joy to people in need; perform charitable works; all while serving as a wonderful ambassador for your breed. It all sounds pretty wonderful on the surface, but let's dig a little deeper.

 Let's talk about serving as a wonderful ambassador for your breed. If your breed of choice is a Golden Retriever, a Labrador or other gentle, joyful type, therapy-service work could be a job which is well suited to their innate friendly disposition. Since you're reading an article with Central Asian Shepherd in the title, posted on a Central Asian Shepherd breeder's website, I'm guessing your breed of choice is NOT the Golden Retriever.

 The Central Asian Shepherd is a part of the Guardian group of the United Kennel Club. The FCI standard for the breed states it is a 'guard and watch dog'. Like most other breeds that fall into this category, the CAS has an intimidating look. The tightly cropped ears, muscular stature and stern gaze let strangers know to keep a respectful distance. An important aspect of a service-emotional support ,therapy dog is a cuddly, cute, puppy-esque look that immediately brings happiness to the person seeing the dog for the first time. The look of a CAS does not say “Hug me!” at first glance. The intimidating look of the CAS is the first strike against using the breed for therapy work.

 The second strike is the staunchly independent nature of this breed. The CAS has a history which is deeply rooted in guarding livestock. More often than not, this task was carried out without assistance from a human shepherd. As such, the CAS is a dog which has been an independent thinker for hundreds of years. They are analytical, clever dogs who have little need for their owner's input. This trait, so deeply ingrained in the very DNA of this breed, means they have little interest in performing tasks just to please their owner. You may find it difficult to ask your CAS to perform the tasks required for therapy work if they don't find it interesting or practical.

 Lastly, the third strike against using the CAS for service-emotional,therapy work, is their territorial nature and keen guarding instinct. The CAS can be raised in a pack, but it is difficult to get them to accept strange dogs from outside their circle. You may be able to train your CAS to ignore other dogs in public, but if a strange dog lunges at you or them? All bets are off. This is not a breed that will submit and remain calm when challenged by an aggressive dog. The CAS is also very adept at judging people and will not hesitate to let you know they find someone untrustworthy. Asking your CAS to allow a person to pet them, hug them, touch them etc. will not work if the dog feels there is something 'off'about that person.

 While therapy work seems like a great way to get your breed out there in a very positive way, it may not actually work out that way with a guardian breed like the CAS. Even if they seem very loving and happy to accept strangers as a young dog, their territorial nature will one day kick in with maturity. You simply cannot override the DNA of the dog because you wish to prove to the world what a wonderful breed you've chosen. We all want to be good ambassadors for our chosen breed and prove to the world that they can 'do it all!', but we also need to be honest with ourselves.

 If you want a loyal, loving companion for your family, who will perform the task of guarding your home, livestock and property, the CAS may be the breed for you. If you're looking for an adorable, huggable, people-loving dog to use as a therapy animal, do yourself a favor and choose a breed which has been proven as suitable to that role. It's best to respect history and the intended purpose of your breed, rather than learn a hard lesson with a lot of heartache. 

 For further reading on this topic, check out this excellent and in depth article - 



Authored by Meredith Halfpenny

About author: Meredith Halfpenny spent the last decade owning Presa Canario dogs, a dominant guardian breed, as well as an Alapaha Blueblood Bulldog and a Shiba Inu. After many years advocating for the bully breeds, Meredith and her family decided to try something different. They imported a female Central Asian Shepherd from Moscow, Russia.When Mishka the CAS is not carefully watching over the family’s rural property, she participates in UKC shows and enjoys long hikes around Port Dover. Mishka retains the traditional build, type and temperament which respect the history of the breed as a functional, working animal.



you want to breed dogs?

Pretty often I receive calls and emails from people who want to get a puppy from me for breeding.99% of these people never heard about this breed and never met in person.or cant even spell the name breed correctly.many are willing to crossbreed, and so many are not willing to promote and preserve the breed. Some people purchased  dogs from overseas but either have not legit paperwork, no health testing or either.I do believe that breeding of this serious ancient breed is not for newcomers.

Please see table about types of breeders




what is pure Turkmanistan blood central asian shepherd?

Central asian shepherd,Tobet,Alabai, alabai..what are they?

what is pure turkmanistan breed central asian shepherd?

it's dog who was breed in a kennel with ONLY TURKMEN BLOOD.Turkmenistan ist country in central  Turkmen bloodline dog its  a dog from this area.
such kennel contains only thoroughbred Turkmen Alabai. All puppies were obtained as a result of breeding only within the group of tested imported Turkmen blood and their descendants. Infusion of the blood of dogs of cultural breeding is excluded. 

how they got bred?

Breeding work of the kennel is based on the method of linear breeding. The main objective of this method is to obtain descendants with pronounced features of the legendary ancestor - the ancestor of the line.

The dog who considered as Turkman bloodline is described by pedigree where All  dogs are the nearest descendants of aborigines, taken directly from Turkmenistan (from the second to the fifth tribe).

There are very few breeds In the world that were formed as natural, Turkmen Alabai is one of those few breeds that has reached our days in its almost original form. The brutal selection over several millennia has created a breed that meets the needs and character of man, it was created to help people in their work and all of their centuries- this breed deserved the right to its worthy preservation.

Breed preservation or make it fashionable?

Please pay attention to the old photos of dogs of Central Asian descent. These dogs are not super known to many, they can not be considered as best example of breed, but pay attention to their type of constitution. And now open the photo catalogs of the latest exhibitions and look at the type of constitution of the winners of the CAO or dogs who imported or bred and judged by weight and heights only?. Do you see the difference ?! Most of the modern dogs are completely different from the original material of dogs in Central Asia! What is happening now at kennels with the commercial direction of breeding causes irreparable damage to the CAO breed. Gigantomania, saggy skin, wrinkled faces, friability, not functionality, weak immune system, weak nervous system ... is not a complete list of the characteristic features of modern CAO.
Friends, a huge request to all breeders - stop "improving" the breed, just try to keep it in its original form! And our descendants will be grateful to you.

Dog reincarnation

My first central asian shepherd was Chingiz, my stepdad(who died on Jan 6 2018)presented me this pup in 1994. On January 4 2018 we have litter delivered from Aya and Safar.Aya have same great great great grandparent as it was the grandparent of my 1st dog Chingiz. and here new Chingiz was born, 24 years after. New pup Chingiz is copy of my first dog.

Here collage of pictures  with Chingiz and Chingiz jr


Legendary bloodline scam

I see many advertising about LEGENDARY central asain shepherds, who re mostly oversized dog of shady origin. Truly legendary dogs are working old lines who were known for exceptional work at their land and producing generations of wonderful examples of breed. legendary not mean just fighting dogs or dogs who re over 200 lbs:)...its misused word to sell some mixed breeds!

This is an interesting article with an interview to a person who created new breed in Chelyabinsk(city in Russia),article dated 2008.The title of it : Person from Chelyabinsk created new kind of Caucasian dog.Then article describe how he mixed dif kinds of dogs and breeds,co(caucasian dogs) and and cas(central asians) and called this result as Grigorievs volkodaws(Grigoriev is his family name)...since none want to buy dogs with no papers and no official recognition ,he (using his connections with government levels) got his dog a pedigree as central asian. Right now grandkids of this so call cas are in new york area,Midwest(Chicago area) and more places, sold and bred as CAS.The dog name from artickle is Sultan Zherimbet is Nikolskoy roshi. he never been a Central asian shepherd dog. so if you see Sultan name as legendary CAS,it scam..and pups can be considered as pure Central asians as same as so-called pitbull Hulk in USA considered a pure pitbull....while he has not pit dogs in his pedigree on mom n dad sides

here this dog in database-mentioned as CAS-he can be compared to pitbull Hulk...but even with less percentage of CAS blood in him...

text of the article in Russian

and translation

The head of a three-year Caucasian wolfhound named Sultan the size of a TV set. one bite with such teeth and result is a broken wolf's back.

Sultan does not look especially at people. To strangers does not fit at all. To what it is to him. Yes, they-people themselves shun him! But on those who feed him and walks, the dog looks condescending: they say, come, I authorize. And only his host, Sergei Grigoriev, meets in a special way. Twists his tail like a helicopter propeller.

By the spacious yard where the record holder lives, two fluffy madness-two teenage puppies-rush to and fro. The dog does not drive away the fry, only grumbles at them kindly.

Wherever the Sultan appeared, his head would be twisted: well, the dog!

"You can, of course, even feed him up to 120 kilos of it," Grigoriev says. "But then the speed of reaction will disappear." And now he is in great shape, with ease in the test sparring defeats the strongest opponents. His first victory in dog fight - the title of champion of the Urals - Sultan took immediately and do not intend to give: not yet in the country of the same huge and strong "Caucasians."

The breeding of the Central Asian sheep-dogs, known as wolfhounds, Sergey did not even think to do. he says:Eight years ago I bought a puppy for myself. So brave dogs became the main passion of his life. Studying the ancient breed, Grigoryev traveled all over the Caucasus, met with local famous breeders and experts.

"Since time immemorial, wolfhounds have lived side by side with man, and no one is better guarding the flocks of sheep, like these dogs," he says. - Gray predators they feel for a mile, fearlessly rush to the wolves and tear. Without "Caucasians" in the mountains, sheep breeding is the oldest occupation of local people.

Sergei shoveled tons of special literature, collected and wrote down the opinions of recognized specialists on the possibilities of breeding. Experimented, crossing, for example, a lean tall bitch and a heavy powerful male. The mother's lightness and father's strength are transmitted to the offspring. And puppies always work out even better than parents.

There was even such an expression: "Grigorievsky type of breed". In just eight years, the Chelyabinsk Grigoriev, far from the foothills of the Caucasus, has excelled in improving the breed. Now he does not buy puppies from aborigen folks - they come to the South Urals and admire the Grigoriev dogs. And he have more than 30 dogs.

A large dog needs space: a booth with a fragrant hay inside, a snow creaking in the frost under the paws, sharp smells of smoke and pine branches exhilarating the wet nose. "Caucasians" Grigoriev now live on private farmsteads of his friends and in his home in the Nagaibag district. But over time, he will have a large nursery, where there is enough space for all his favorites.

Sergei Grigoriev bought the first puppy only eight years ago. And today the dog breeders already have such an expression: "Grigorievsky type of breed".



Pure bred or mixed?

I want to use a quote from USA breeder of other famous rare LSGD(live stock guardian dog)  Komondor.

this is what she said and I'm 100% agree on it:

`` I am a huge believer in purebred dogs - of any sort. The LGD breeds were developed over centuries with very specific and strict criteria used. Just because nomadic folks didn't keep written records doesn't mean the didn't have a goal in mind. Producing these multitudes of mutts is getting no one anywhere. It muddies the genetics, produces unpredictability and is exponentially increasing the numbers of dogs/puppies in shelters, rescue and plain old shot. I believe folks, especially newcomers, should work with responsible breeders who support their dogs, have years of experience (or a mentor who does), make efforts to breed only the best examples of their breed and every effort to produce healthy puppies.``