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5/27/2009 9:12:22 AM
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I saw this dog in Philadelphia a few weeks ago. This dog was massive, and very friendly. The owner said that the dog weighed between 215-230lbs at the time.
He was also talking to a lot of the people who gathered around to see the dog, and was telling them about the breed. I thought I heard him say that they were bred, or popular in Transylvania for roaming large properties to keep them free from wolves...

My understanding of good wolfhounds is that they are generally lean, and tough, and built more for speed, agility, and fighting. This thing just seemed like a big teddy bear, but who knows...

5/31/2009 6:51:24 PM
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Looks like a Tibetan Mastiff to me.
6/2/2009 12:49:19 PM
Posts: 117
google tibetan Mastiff I'm not sure if that's what it is, but thats the first thing that popped into my head when I saw the pic.
6/2/2009 12:54:24 PM
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I found that it was a Caucasian shepherd / sheepdog / mountain dog.
Thanks though!
6/2/2009 8:59:56 PM
Posts: 1
hello, sure looks like a Tibetan's so huge and cute
6/4/2009 2:39:34 PM
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Nope, it's a Tibetan Mastiff. I have seen a few. May have even seen that one in person. The day before Bucks County KC dog show is a Tibetan Mastiff specialty show over in New Jersey.
6/4/2009 3:10:11 PM
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This is definitely a Caucasian Mountain dog, not a Tibetan Mastiff. I've seen Tibetan Mastiffs, and they have more of a Saint Bernard look to them, especially their snout and face.

I asked my buddy who was with me if he remembered anything that the owner said about the dog, and he remembered that it was a Russian breed. The Caucasian breed is known in Russia as "Kavkazskaya Ovcharka"

Thanks for the input everyone, but the riddle has been solved.

Caucasian Mountain dog / Sheepdog / Shepherd
6/22/2009 12:32:20 PM
Posts: 1
Without a doubt this is a Caucasian Mountain Dog...aka..Ovcharka!

Tibetan Mastiffs are more brachycephalic than this breed. I've worked with Oak Valley Kennels in Chatsworth, CA back in the late 80s when this breed was first imported in the US via Russia. I can definitely say that this is not a breed for the beginner nor is the Tibetan Mastiff. It's taken over 2 decades for breeders to find and breed the mellower dogs but this is a very tough and aggressive breed to begin with.