If you like huge, hairy, protective pups, perhaps the Ukrainian Ovcharka is the perfect pet for you. Rarely found outside of Russia and Ukraine, this sheepdog was first seen in the Crimea region during the 1800s as a livestock guard.
Also called the South Russian Ovcharka, this faithful protector may be a descendant of the Tibetan Mastiff, which explains its size. Standing at about 36 inches tall, the dog has strong, dense muscles covered with a coat of bushy hair that can be up to half a foot long!
The thick coat is ideal for the frigid winters but it also protects the pups from the summer heat. Since they are mostly white, new owners are worried they will often look dirty. However, their coats are self-cleaning!
As a strong, dominant dog, the Ukrainian Ovcharka can be difficult to take care of. They have a possessive nature and consider their family, house and even a whole park as their own. The best environment for them is a large yard, a big family and preferably other animals which they will protect.
If you're a strong owner who knows how to behave with alpha type breeds, consider searching for this big, adorable sheepdog. Keep in mind that it may take some time to train such a strong breed, but it could be an experience that brings you and your Ukrainian bride closer together!