Devoted dog lovers can sometimes feel like they know everything about canines. In fact, some might claim that they’ve heard of every single dog breed out there. (That’s a mighty big claim, seeing as there are more than 330 recognized breeds, according to the World Canine Organization!)
Of course, even the biggest dog lover isn’t familiar with every pup in the world. If you think you know about all the awesome large breeds, you’d better think again! Here’s one big guy you likely haven’t heard of, and he just might be your new favorite…
Even the most experienced dog lovers might not recognize this one: the Caucasian mountain dog! These giant pooches were bred to hunt bears in the Caucasus region of Russia, and by the looks of them, it seems that was a feat they achieved easily.
That’s right: these dogs were bred specifically so that they could be strong enough to take down a bear. Can your pit bull do that? Probably not! Even as puppies they look enormous…
These big boys can weigh up to a whopping 200 pounds, and with their super-thick coats, you can bet that they shed almost their own body weight’s worth of hair every day. Woof!
Can you imagine how long it would take for the groomer to keep these doggos looking fresh? Just check out how much fur this dog shed during the spring. It’s almost the size of a whole other dog!
You certainly wouldn’t want to cross one of these dogs. Think about it: would you really want one of these big boys to come after you with all their strength and those sharp teeth?
Caucasian mountain dogs are naturally suspicious of strangers, which makes them great guard dogs. Still, that doesn’t mean they aren’t lovable and affectionate. In truth, they make for absolutely wonderful pets!
While they are capable of really scaring off thieves or strangers, Caucasian mountain dogs are known to develop close bonds with their immediate family members. When they’re with someone they love, they’re total pushovers.
Caucasian mountain dogs are some of the most loyal and protective breeds around, and they can even be trusted with newborns! Check out how content these two pups look while watching over their little brother. Full-time babysitters, at your service!
The Caucasian Ovcharka, as these dogs are also called, were actually first bred in the mountainous Caucasus region located between the Black and Caspian seas. How regal!
At that time, breeders weren’t raising these dogs for their looks; rather, they were breeding them purely for practical purposes. This helps to explain their massive frames and coarse coats.
This breed has been around for around 600 years. In addition to being bred to hunt bears, they also helped protect sheep flocks from predators, like wolves. These sheep don’t seem nervous in the least! Could it be that they think the dog is one of them?
It goes without saying that, if you made a living as a shepherd, you’d definitely want one of these dogs by your side. Just think about how much fun you would have raising a litter of these fluffy pups!
Caucasian mountain dogs are a hard-working breed and they like to stay busy, so if you aren’t home much or you don’t live a particularly active lifestyle, this breed of dog might not be an ideal pet for you.
It’s good to know what kind of life a breed needs in order to be happy and healthy before you adopt. You might think these dogs are perfect, but if you aren’t fond of the outdoors, you’ll all wind up miserable.
Caucasian mountain dogs are also described as some of the most fearless and loyal of all dogs, so if you’re looking for devotion and courage, you need look no further. They’re amazing canine companions!
It’s safe to say that this big fella won’t let anything hurt you… unless, of course, you happen to be a tennis ball that keeps getting lost in the snow. In that case, look out!
These types of dogs are huge, but they don’t start off that way—and that can be tricky when you don’t realize how much they’ll grow. In fact, these dogs will grow up to be larger than most small children—and then some.
No matter how much these adorable faces are calling out to you, it’s important to think about what kind of dog you’re adopting. When you adopt any animal, you become responsible for it for life—and you’ll certainly have your hands full with these pups!
Not every dog is suited for every setting—particularly bear-hunting dogs who surely become hot in climates that are too warm. You need to live in the right kind of environment for these pooches to be happy and comfortable.
But even if you decide this breed isn’t for you, you have to agree they’re pretty awesome all the same! Even looking at these photographs is enough to make you consider making one your own forever friend.
Wow, can you believe that dogs this size even exist in the first place? Caucasian mountain dogs are totally stunning and they look like something out of a fantasy novel.
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