Moskovskaya Storodzevay Sobaka(RUS)
Moskow Guard Dog
Height: (Approx.) 25-28 In.
Weight: (Approx.) 100-160 Lbs.
Coat: Medium Length And Thick; With Fringing
Color: Red And White
Head: Massive and powerful. Eyes: Dark brown, medium size, set to front. Ears: Medium size, set high, drop to side of head. Muzzle: Wide and well tapered. Nose: Black and self-colored according to coat. Bite: Scissor or level. Neck: Strong, carried erect. Topline: Level. Chest: Well arched, moderately deep and wide. Body: Mighty and tall. Legs: Strong, very muscular. Feet: Broad with strong toes. Tail: Plumed, almost floor length. Movement: Strong and driving, yet very agile. Temperament: Protective and aloof with strangers.
Moscow Watchdog (Russian: Московская Сторожевая) is a breed of dog created in Bolshevik Russia by the Soviet Red Army to guard. It descends from crosses between the St. Bernard, Caucasian Shepherd, and Russian Spotted Hound breeds. The breed is very large and weight is between 100 and 150lbs. Unlike its modern St Bernard counterparts, the breed needs lots of vigorous exercise. They do not drool like many of the other molossers. Until recently, Moscow Watchdogs were very hard to find outside of the Soviet Union, however are now becoming more popular in Europe and have recently reached the United States.
The breed standard was first published in 1985 when it received "official status" in Soviet Russia. In 1992, the Federation of Dog Breeders of Russia approved the standard and then 1997 the Department of Animal Breeding and Pedigree of The Ministry of Agriculture of Russia. The standard was also approved by the Russian Kennel Club in 1997.
The Russian Kennel Club is working with the International Kennel Federation (FCI) to gain official recognition. Currently, the Moscow Watchdog is considered by the FCI as part of the 2nd group Molosser. In FCI sanctioned dog shows, they are shown in what is referred to as a "Special Show." Inside Russia, they are widely shown and a recognized breed.
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