Several bluffs for an introduction 13
Preface to the second edition 15
Several words for the introduction 21
The Central Asian dog is when 23
Exterior of Central Asian dogs 63
Standard of the breed 93
Breeding in the countries of origin 111
We are guarding, watching, protecting 124
Beware, bad dog! 136
Breeding of Central Asians in the Czech Republic 142
Character of the dog 164
Several bluffs for the closure 242
Character of the dog
||I consider it an offence to the canine race when I hear: The bitch is so clever - she can almost talk! stated the female dog Aura firmly.
Oh, how sensitive you are, Aura Aurovna? said the dog Mon honestly surprised.
While I communicate tens of meaningful things with one look, people have to say tens of words to communicate one stupid thing! said Aura.
Before we talk about the character of a Central Asian, please first think about our character, about yourself. I know it is a hard job. Nevertheless, a moment of self-searching never hurt anybody and since you are considering purchasing a Central Asian puppy it will only be beneficial. The only exception is my friend Vaclav - once he was searching his inner self and returned home after two days, totally drunk, without his apartment keys and ID. Nine months later he was called to court to pay alimony for a child whose mother he says never saw! Why do I tell you this? Maybe because he is also a passionate dog lover. In a weak moment he confided to us that he has a weak spot for bitches! Oh well, Vaclav will never change.
However, let us concentrate on the basic formula:
I + Central Asian pasture dog
Anybody who wants to raise a Central Asian dog must have, for his own sake and that of the public, a clear idea about the dog’s specific character. The person must know what is possible to require and what is not, and more importantly, what to expect from the dog. An understanding of which requirements placed on the dog are nonsensical, or even non-permissible, is necessary because they contradict its physical and psychological qualities. One must be aware that he will have a hard time forcing this kind of dog to do something against its will, which means against its nature. It is very easy to turn a peace-loving dog into a wild animal. This metamorphosis can be brought about only, and I mean only, by man and
not by the dog.
Everyone who wants to breed or own a Central Asian must come to a non-distorted conclusion for himself of whether he is able to communicate on an every day basis with the animal in the same way as with an equal partner. And, unlike many of his closest
relations, the animal has a real personality.
He must evaluate if he will have the constant patience to rectify the behavior and actions of a huge, dominant animal, not by means of physical power but with the power of his reason, a bond of positive emotions, a kinship of souls and a resonance of mutual consideration.
He must be able to honestly say to himself - I am choleric, a freak and a hot head. I feel like kicking something or somebody quite often, or would like to kick out my employee, break my
mother in law’s neck, shoot my wife to the Moon without a space suit, set my own run down house on fire… Such an individual has a lot of work with controlling his own aggression. It is absolutely wrong to add more worries or nerves with an Asian, Caucasian, Rottweiler... Firstly his negative feelings and mental divergences will be automatically transmitted to the animal causing it, not by any fault of its own, to be worked, into an aggressive frenzy. Secondly, there is a serious risk of financial penalties if the dog gets out of hand and bites or kills a stranger. A psychologically unstable person can not bring up anything but a psychologically unstable animal.
He must consider if he is capable of casting away the traditional view of dogs as subordinate creatures in all aspects. He must also know if he is able to respect and worship a pure natural element that if taken in good hands will serve him as the regulated courses of wild rivers serve man.
The owner of the Central Asian must not only love cats but must understand their individual character and magic soul that comes from being a not totally domesticated beast of prey living close to man for hundreds of years. Why? Because the Central Asian is rather more like a huge cat, a cat cunningly living in a dog’s skin! That is why! My many years of experience confirm that owners of fantastically managed Central Asians and Caucasians are not only enthusiastic dog fans but also “cat people!”
Let us be honest with ourselves at least once in our lives, and if we come to the conclusion that we are not psychologically, physically or financially strong enough to keep such an animal, let us not acquire it! It is not any shame to admit the above listed circumstances - vice-versa, it is much braver and more admirable than pretending a scenario that does not exist, because the truth will float to the surface sooner or later anyway. The person who can
perfectly manage a stubborn Dachshund or a saphead Chow-Chow is as admirable as the person who can perfectly manage a Central Asian or a Caucasian.