ALABAI DOGS THE GREAT CENTRAL ASIAN SHEPHERDS
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My name is Renat and last name is Sultanov.
We’ve been breeding these breeds since 1993.
First time when I saw this breed
it was my serving time in border patrol.
And since I’m from Kazakhstan, I was soldiering border patrol
between Kazakhstan and China.
I never saw Central Asian Shepherd as a child.
Fist of all, because you know, at the time when I was young
we live in the big city and plus at this time a lot of dogs were killed
through the company that this time was a lot of problem with rabies
and the government killed a lot of dogs during this problem.
And we didn’t have a lot of Central Asian Shepherd in my young years.
But officially this breed is our mated breed but it was so rare
when I was a soldier, 25 years ago, 30 years ago
it was very rare in my country.
After few years, I realized that I want to have this breed.
In my country, especially this breed, is a livestock protection breed.
It means they lived in rural area with sheeps, with goats
with horses and they guard.
In Kazakhstan the predators are foxes,
jackals, wolfs, does the most of them.
Wolfs are the biggest population of the predators in Kazakhstan.
There is some legends that one dog can kill one wolf,
but it’s not true.
One dog like that cannot kill an adult, mature wolf.
They should fight at least two with one wolf.
In this case, they can have a chance to be winners.
Otherwise, a wolf will kill the dog.
They follow little bit through the wolf,
but after maybe half mile
they go back to their stock.
I’m talking about dogs, if they saw the wolves,
they can follow for short time or short distance
through the wolf
but after that they go back to the livestock.
This is their main job and if they go through there
for long time, long distance
the Shepherds do not keep them
because there is a problem.
Wolves are smart, they can go,
they never go to take out some animals alone.
They always a few of them and if one dog go
through follow one wolf
at the same time, two other wolves can kill animals,
can kill sheeps or goats.
That’s why Shepherds do not keep them.
Do not keep dogs that follow the wolves
for long distance.
You can lose dog and you can lose your sheeps.
When we’re talking about history,
yes, I can say it’s at least 4000 years old.
Age of the breed, we know that exactly of this age
because scientist, archeologist
found some the-rah-coats.
Is it the-rah-coats?
Like small statue, they found like a…
and it’s, the the-rah-coats, they found it in Turkmenistan.
It’s a part of Central Asian region.
The found this small statue and this statue
looks exactly like Central Asian Shepherd now.
This breed originally land race.
Means nobody care about pedigrees
in their original countries.
They care about actual work.
If they work good, this is good dog.
If they are not good dogs, you know,
they cannot keep them.
The work is very important for this breed.
I can say for any breeds, but for working dog
And because of that, I try to sell our pups
to farmers only.
Or for people who lives in rural areas
and they should have a work.
Without that, they will not have,
will not show you all abilities
of their temperament, they have to have hard work.
And they love work.
They love to be, they like to be with livestock.
For this moment, they are guardian dogs only.
But three years ago, we sold our,
before we have had Nubian goats.
– [Interviewer] Okay.
– But since I start, me and my wife started college, colleges,
we sold our Nubians because they were milking goats
and we didn’t have time to milk them
and we sold them
until we finish our education.
Now they’re just guardian dogs but before
they were livestock protection dogs
and guardian dogs too.
For this moment, I can say that
there is not so much variation.
Before, it was.
Before it was because many countries
in Central Asian region
have these breed like a native breed,
not just one country, at least five countries
in Central Asian Region
and plus additional countries in Asia.
And means, years in past,
there were some different types
but now since the selective program
use dogs from each of these regions
and they are mixed together.
Now we don’t have lot of variation
but we still have lot of head types.
We still have different coat types.
And of course, a lot of different colors.
If you’re talking about showing,
nobody divide this breed but variation.
Means in one rink, you’ll see a long haired dog,
short haired dog
and middle size of haired dog, all dog, you know
and if you are talking about heads,
yes, there is some variation
of type of heads, but anyway,
all of this variation
should be in standard, you know.
The female should no less than
65 centimeters in width.
And the male should be no less than
70 centimeters in width.
But average size of the show dogs is higher,
females are near by 70 centimeters in width
and males about 75, 78 centimeters in width, total.
Average weight is about 120 pounds, 125 pounds for females.
And 150 to 160 for males, for show dogs.
The working dogs about, okay the males about the same size like females in show rink,
means 120 or 50-55 kilograms.
And females lower, my dogs are show dogs and working dogs.
And since I do not breed gigantic dogs,
my dogs are working dogs
and I never, you know, here there is a tendency,
again, many people call me, American guys, call me
and their first question: what is the weight, what is the size?
And for me, it’s not right questions.
Because I know some breeds and some guys
count their quality by weight
like English Mastiffs.
Oh, my dog is 220 pounds.
This is not…
Weight is not a measurement of quantity or quality.
For me, more important is their temperament.
They have a very different temperament
than other dogs
and other breeds, in comparison.
And I am professional guy and I know many breeds
and I can compare.
These guys are very special.
If can describe, if you ask me about description,
I can say three words about these dogs,
it’s independent, loyal and self-determined.
Three words of the best breed in the world
for livestock protection dogs.
We sold maybe 10-15 pups to the farmers
and I’ve got some notes from those guys
about the different of this dog
in comparison to another large guardian dogs.
These dogs are more stronger and they do not afraid
to wild animals including bears.
Because they are more natural,
they’re more closer to nature.
Some of my buyers before have had some
You know Italian large guardian dogs.
Many of them are afraid of wild animals.
I can say many of them are modern breeds,
not so old.
They’re close to Central Asian Shepherds
but they’re modern breeds too.
– [Interviewer] Of course.
– Some Anatolian Shepherds are very nice
but since hearing you say in Great Britain,
they started to breed this breed for at least
100 years ago,
not maybe in USA, but in Great Britain exactly,
they started to breed it like a breed, you know.
Means, in my opinion, maybe they can lose some abilities.
But if you are…
If you breed some Italian Shepherd from Turkey
of course, I think, 100% they’ll be better
than the Alabai from some breeders here.
Because they’re close to nature.
Central Asian Shepherds are very territorial dogs.
Means they can, they know their territory.
And there’s interesting things that, for example,
their territory can be anything, you attach it.
Means if you attach the dog to the tree,
it will guard the tree.
If you attach the dog to the trailer,
it will guard the trailer.
If you put the dog to the car,
it will guard the car.
And it’s interesting.
Some dogs, you know,
I don’t know it’s possible
but some guys bought dogs from us
and they do not have fences all around their lands.
If you have 10 acres,
it’s hard to make a fence.
And some part of their lands
do not have fences around.
But their dogs, after two, three days,
they know the border.
When their land…
There is no fences, but the dogs,
after two, three days,
since they came to this new land,
after two, three days,
they know the border of their lands.
I don’t know how,
how can they do it
but they are territorial,
they know their territory.
His official name Mountain of Glory Alamak.
He will be two years old and we just got it.
He imported from Central Asia,
from the country is Kazakhstan.
He contains most of famous dogs,
what I know in his blood.
He has very nice temperament.
He’s not so heavy right now,
because he is still young.
And this breed tends to mature
for very long time
to see their fully, their conformation.
You have to see the dog,
males at age of three or four years old.
The young boy, if he’s 11 months old,
very tall guy, very teeny guy.
His full name is Ali Aladja Tibul.
He is from another Central Asian country
which is close to the Kazakhstan.
And we bought him last year in December.
And he is very tall,
the tallest guy what we have now.
But like I said, the size is not important for me.
For me, important, the temperament.
Okay, I do not, we do not produce gigantic dogs.
Because I know if the dog is gigantic,
it cannot work.
It will sleep only.
If you would like to buy some toy,
buy gigantic dogs.
But at the same time,
they have short life.
I’m talking about gigantic dogs.
Our dogs average life is 12, 13 years of their age.
We have one long haired dog right now.
Her name is Soul of Asia Mishka.
She’s a daughter of our champion
of Ukraine and Maldawa of Alabai Akush.
Mishka is our second generation here.
And she’s very massive,
very typical dog for Central Asian Shepherds
and she is very typical for Alabai dogs,
for Turkmenian lines.
Because many Turkmenian lines,
many Turkmenian dogs are long hair.
The Panda, she was not born in our kennel.
But she is American born dog.
And we got her from Texas,
from one Russian lady.
And Panda has very nice pedigree too.
His mom from one of the best kennels in the world.
The name of the kennels is Buy-as Boo-ree.
This kennel is from Ukraine originally
and she’s very typical dog too.
But she keeps some blood in her body
from another part of Central Asia, from Tajikistan.
And their dark color is very typical for Tajikian dogs.
And she is the most taller female what we have.
She is about 75 centimeters,
it’s nearby 30 inches in width.
She is very tall.
She is nearby exactly like average males.
Adilya, she is like fawn and brindle female.
On the video she will be like white but she is brindle, officially.
And she is a daughter of a long hair female, Mishka.
She is about 70 centimeters in width
and very massive.
She’s just nearby three years old,
short hair female.
Very nice temperament.
She is very nice guardian dog.
My vision, or my wants,
to see those dogs on farms.
Since this is a working dog,
I would like to see them in farms,
in rural areas and if we sold them
to the people who lives in the cities,
we always check out the background
of what experience with other breeds.
What breeds did they have before.
For us, it’s good point to sell the puppy
to potential buyer
if he have had an experience
with Molosser type dogs.
Like Pitbulls, Rottweilers, Great Dane,
something like that.
And it’s not good dog for the first time buyer.
It’s not good.
We want good experiences,
we do not sell the dogs.
And if you sell the dogs to the cities,
we also check out the size of the backyard.
If it’s small,
we will not sell the puppy.
But usually, we sell the pups to the farms
and to the rural areas only.
Because our point is to introduce them
like they are working dogs here.
We always ask about main purpose.
What would like to see in this dog?
Many people think if they saw the dog,
oh, they’re beautiful.
They’re really beautiful
but they’re working dogs
and they’re not toy dogs.
They’re not pet dogs.
In some point, they’re pet dogs for your family.
But they’re not pet breeds like many different
big breeds like right now, you know.
Because some people like to go to the dog parks
or something like that.
With this breed it’s very often hard to do it.
When they are puppy, it’s okay.
But when they’re starting to mature,
and starting to introduce them
to other dogs, it’s harder and harder
because they’re alpha dogs.
They’re very dominant dogs
and they starting to dominate.
If some male tried to dominate over them,
they’ll always try to be winners.
In this case, I do not recommend these dogs
like pet dogs or for people who,
and also, of course, the person who
want to buy this dog,
he’ll be not so old
because they’re strong.
Very strong guys and if some lady
wants to buy and maybe she very old.
How can you keep him or her
in your own?
It’s strong dogs, you know.
Thank you guys for watching this video
and we glad to share this unique breed here
and you see.
And thank you again.
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