Please meet Scintillating Saffir! Saffir is a 4 year old male Caucasian Shepherd Dog who came to us when his owner could no longer look after him. He is neutered and microchipped.
Caucasian Shepherds are descendants of ancient Molosser dogs and are therefore extremely large, powerful dogs that boast striking markings. The breed is a relatively unknown breed here in the UK, but they are highly prized in their native countries which includes Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, the North Caucasus where these handsome large dogs are used to guard flocks of livestock.
Over the years the breed has earned a reputation for being extremely reliable watchdogs and companions thanks to their loyal, courageous, yet gentle and kind natures in a home environment. The Caucasian Shepherd must be trained and handled by people who are familiar with the needs of these large, intelligent and quick-thinking dogs which means they are not the best choice for first time dog owners.
The Caucasian Shepherd is known to be an intelligent dog, although they can be quite strong willed at times and quite difficult to “read”. With this aid, a Caucasian is always on the alert listening to what is going on around them and watching what’s going on. They are highly prized as watchdogs in many parts of the world although in a home environment they are calm and gentle loving nothing more than to be part of the family.
With this said, their natural guarding and protecting instincts are very strong and as such the Caucasian tends to be suspicious of anyone they don’t know and the same can be said when they meet any new dogs.
They are known to be very even tempered and reliable. They are also very quick and boast having ultra-keen senses which makes them the ideal choice as tracker dogs. Caucasians mature slowly which has to be taken into account when training them. It cannot be stressed enough the importance of socialising puppies and young dogs as early as possible and to start their training early to curb any strong guarding and protecting instincts. Their socialisation must start early for them to mature into well-mannered dogs no matter where they are and who they meet.
Caucasians respond well to positive reinforcement training and do not take well to any sort of harsh correction or heavy-handed training methods. Being such intelligent dogs that like nothing better than to protect and please, they are quick to pick up new things, but this includes the good and the bad. They are not the best choice for first time owners because they must be handled and trained by someone who is familiar with the needs of this breed or similar type of highly intelligent, large dog. Caucasians must know their place in the pack and are never happier than when they know who to look to for guidance and direction.
Caucasian Shepherds are social by nature and are known to be good around other pets they have grown up with. However, they do have a high prey drive and will happily chase anything that tries to run away. As such, care should always be taken when and where a dog can run free off the lead.
Caucasians have a very playful side to their natures more especially when puppies, bearing in mind that these large dogs mature slowly not reaching full maturity until they are around 3 years old.
The Caucasian Shepherd is not an “apartment” dog, they need enough space to express themselves and benefit from being able to have an ultra-secure back garden to roam around in whenever possible. However, garden fencing must be extremely secure and high because a Caucasian is very capable of breaking a fence down when the mood takes them, more especially if a dog thinks they must defend their property.
Caucasians are natural watchdogs and as such they do not need any extra training when it comes to guarding and protecting. Not only will a Caucasian guard their owner’s property, but they will guard other pets, the children and anything else they feel that is part of their family which is a trait that is deeply embedded in their psyche.
The Caucasian Shepherd Dog is an intelligent dog, but they can be strong willed. In the right hands and with the correct amount of training, Caucasians are easy to train, but they must know who is boss and who to look to for direction for them to be truly obedient dogs. The Caucasian Shepherd is known to be a gentle giant and one that loves being in a family environment. They form strong bonds with their families and this includes the children.
Saffir needs an owner who is familiar with the breed, and has plenty of room for him. Saffir is amazing both inside and out, and the most wonderful dog I have ever had the pleasure to meet and foster! Saffir is a clever lad and is always wanting to please. He is fantastic on the lead and brilliant with other dogs although he can be a bit rough with smaller dogs as he doesn’t realise his size!
Saffir is clean in the house and travels really well in the car (now he is used to it!). He can be left perfectly for short periods. Any one who adopts him is going to be very lucky to have him as part of their family! He is absolutely adorable, with a kind, loving heart. Saffir has lived with dogs of all sizes and is fine, however, he is not tolerant to little dogs getting in his face so contact with smaller dogs must always be supervised.
Saffir is a big beauty that would be happiest living on a farm or similar environment – he is very protective of our birds and small furry animals.
Saffir is best friends with our Tibetan Mastiff boy who is older and likes life at a slower pace, much the same as Saffir. Saffir adores people and it will break my heart to see him leave as he really is a wonderful lad! Saffir is also fantastic with kids so homes with children is fine as long as they are used to giant breed dogs.
Can you offer this softy a place in your heart and on your sofa? If you can offer this gorgeous lump a forever home please email the rescue for more info and a pre adoption form!
PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL OFFERING BREED RESCUE SPACE – HE IS ABSOLUTELY FINE WHERE HE IS UNTIL THE CORRECT KNOWLEDGEABLE HOME COMES ALONG FOR HIM.