Central Asian Shepherd

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Central Asian Shepherd History

The Central Asian Shepherd, also called the Karakalpak or Karabash, is a herding and guard dog from Central Asia. The Karakalpak is a medium to large-sized working dog characterized by a thick, harsh coat, almond-shaped eyes, and a heavy, broad head. The Karakalpak is descended from ancient Asian shepherd and farm dogs. They are believed to have been domesticated by people in the regions of modern-day Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan. The Karakalpak is a medium-sized, agile, and muscular herding and guard dog. The hair is short and dense, with weather-resistant, coarse outer hair and a dense, woolly undercoat. The tail is docked and the ears cropped. The coat can be any color, including white.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin



Tibetan Mastiff

Central Asian Shepherd Physical Characteristics

The Central Asian Shepherd is a medium to large-sized herding dog that originates from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Their name comes from their country of origin, Central Asia. These dogs are usually white, gray, or red with white feet and legs, and a white or black mask. They are usually tall, muscular, and rectangular in shape, and they have a thick, double layered, long-haired coat. They have a large, wide head, with wedge-shaped ears, and almond-shaped eyes. These dogs are docile and affectionate, and they make good family pets.

Eye Colors

Hazel, Brown

Nose Colors


Coat Colors


Height Range

Male Height Range: 27 – 32 inches

Female Height Range: 24 – 27 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 121 – 176 lbs

Female Weight Range: 88 – 143 lbs

Central Asian Shepherd Health

Description of breed health.


12-14 yrs

Central Asian Shepherd Health Concerns

Hip And Elbow Dysplasia, Usually A Very Healthy Breed

Central Asian Shepherd Temperament and Behaviour

The Central Asian Shepherd is a large, muscular, and agile breed. They are playful, but can be shy with strangers. They are not overly aggressive, but should not be provoked. They are known to have a fearless personality and will not hesitate to protect their family if necessary.

Central Asian Shepherd Activity Requirements

Central Asian Shepherds are a medium to large breed of dog that originated in the mountainous regions of Central Asia. Today, this intelligent and loyal companion is a popular pet around the world. These dogs are great companions and do well in a variety of different home environments. However, they do require regular exercise in order to stay happy and healthy. A daily walk or jog will help to keep your Central Asian Shepherd fit. If you are looking for a great running partner or hiking buddy, the Central Asian Shepherd may be your perfect match. They are well suited to both jogging and hiking and will love joining you on your favorite trails.

Miles Per Day


Activity Per Day


Daily Food

4 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Central Asian Shepherd is part of the Foundation Stock Service group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Central Asian Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Central Asian Shepherd is part of the Utility group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Central Asian Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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