The CASD is a robust dog that is popular for its sturdy built and unmatched strength. A medium-sized CASD features a solid head, short neck, and short and cropped ears. It comes with a long tail and a broad body. These dogs have long, skinny legs, boning is quite heavy, and a defined angulation is visible.

You will find these canines in a range of colors such as black, white, fawn, deep red, and brindle. Some of these are seen flaunting black masks. A medium-sized dog weighs up to 176 pounds and stands tall at 28 inches maximum.

Since the dog is overall large and sturdy, it consumes more food than what other breeds do on a regular basis. To meet their energy requirements, make sure to give them meals adequately and insure a balanced and nutritional diet as much as possible. The average lifespan of this muscular canine is 14 years or more if it exercises regularly and is well taken care of.

As for the temperament, these dogs are generally found displaying different behaviors based on the breed type. Not all CASDs behave the same way. Some tend to be more aggressive while some are more of a calm nature. Dogs that belong to the fighting lines tend to demonstrate more aggression, and these require more socialization as well as supervision when they are around other defenseless pets.

Overall, this canine is quite self-assured and smart type, and they are extremely brave too. If they sense their owner is in danger, they react immediately, and this usually takes the form of attack. These dogs qualify as excellent watchdogs and guard companions. To have them behave nicely with other pets, socializing is mandatory.

The Central Asian Shepherd Dog originated in the regions of the Ural, the Caspian Sea, Asia Minor, and China. There are numerous other breeds of the CASD based on the region of origin and terrain. They extend from the mountains of Mongolia all the way to the Karakum desert.

The history of these canines may be traced to the history of the famous Silk Road. It was during those times when tribes could not guard themselves against other invading tribes, so they needed guard dogs. The various breeds of CASD were used to guard what these ancient tribes held – their families and mode of transportation in the form of horses and camels.

In the modern day, these dogs are traditional livestock guardian dogs, and the territorial breeds are deployed to watch people and their dearly held possessions. Based on their exceptional guarding traits since inception, these canines guard anything and everything that is placed under their supervision, be it people, animals, or tangible possessions.

The first standard breed was created in Russia by the former USSR, but its modern version Central Asian Ovcharka rose to fame in later years.

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