Breed Review: Moscow Watchdog (18 Pics)

Moscow Watchdogs are professional guards, self-sufficient leaders, and fearless defenders capable of turning an attacker to flight by mere sight. Serious and incorruptible, they will never leave their office and will guard the object entrusted to them to the last. At the same time, in an informal setting, “Muscovites” are easily transformed into calm, unassuming pets who know how to get along with children and willingly join any game.

#1 The breed owes its birth to the Soviet kennel “Krasnaya Zvezda” and an acute shortage of canine personnel caused by the Second World War.

At the end of the 40s, the leadership of the military dog breeding school received a state order for breeding a dog that would combine the features of a guard and a protector and could serve in extreme climatic conditions. Despite the fact that the breeding base of the nursery at that time was extremely small and consisted mainly of trophy animals exported from Germany, Soviet breeders managed to accomplish the almost impossible. In just a few years, the kennel managed to breed and present to domestic dog handlers not one, but four breeds, including the Moscow guard dog.

#2 Initially, several canine families participated in the experiment to create the ideal service dog, including the Russian piebald hounds, East European shepherds and St. Bernards.

Well, the final touch to the development of the exterior and temperament of the Moscow guard dog was made by the Caucasian Shepherd Dogs. They began to interbreed with them the offspring obtained from the above breeds so that they would inherit the natural aggression of their parent.

#3 The first “Muscovites” appeared at the exhibition already in 1950.

Six animals - Joy, Despot, Don, Divny, Dido, and Dukat - were littermates and turned out to be quite capable dogs, although not devoid of external defects. In 1958, a separate standard of appearance was approved for the wards of the "Red Star", but until 1985 the breed in the USSR continued to remain officially unrecognized. As for foreign cynological associations, Moscow watchdogs are still dark horses for them. For this reason, it is possible to meet today "Muscovites" only in the vastness of the CIS and occasionally in the Czech Republic and Poland, where single breeders are engaged in the breed.

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