Caucasian Mountain dogs in the USA
If you are living in the U.S. and thinking of owning a Caucasian Mountain dog (it may be also called Caucasian Shepherd or Caucasian Ovcharka, but these are all the same breed), this information may be useful for you.
Where to buy a Caucasian Mountain dog in the USA?
You can buy the dog from local US breeders or order it from Russian kennels. The first option may save your money at the first stage but also may become a reason of serious problems with your Caucasian Shepherd in the future. The second way may seem quite complicated and expensive due to the shipping costs and terms, however eventually it will prove its rationality.
Why to buy Caucasian Shepherd from Russia but not from local breeders?
Caucasian Shepherd is a rare breed in the U.S. Origin of the breed is reflected in its name – The Caucasian Mountains, the territory between the Black and Caspian seas, the former USSR. The breed has a long and sometimes sad history in Russia – in 30s of XX the Caucasians were at risk of missing as the breed. And the Russian kennels have done a really significant work to save and restore the breed’s quality and quantity.
Quality of the breed means the dog posses all the strongest properties of the breed – exterior, behavior and health. Breeding is both an art and a science. I have read sad complaints of people who had bought Caucasian Shepherds from local US breeders telling the dogs had poor health and usually suffered from joint dysplasia, heart or eyes diseases. I do not want to claim that US breeders of Caucasian Shepherd are worst then the Russian ones. I just want to say that Russian have more practical experience and strong theoretical base proved by the time.
So if you have decided to buy a Caucasian Shepherd from a Russian Kennel (I would be happy if that will be our kennel), I can tell you how to do that.
How to import Caucasian Shepherd puppy or dog to the USA?
1. Vaccination certificate against Rabies
The main requirement is a Rabies (Hydrophobia) vaccination done at least 30 days prior to arrival to the country. Puppies are usually vaccinated against Rabies after 3 months of age, so you can import into USA only a Caucasian Shepherd puppy aged of 4 months at least.
Adult Caucasian Mountain dogs aged 15+ months previously vaccinated against rabies in the age of 3+ months which vaccination has expired maybe imported right after the booster vaccination without 30 days waiting period.
The dog’s rabies vaccination certificate must include the following information:
- Name and address of the owner
- The dog’s breed, sex, age, color, marks.
- Date of rabies vaccination and the vaccine information
- The vaccination expiration date
- The veterinarian details – name, license number, address, and signature of a person who made the vaccination.
2. International Health Certificate
The International Health Certificate must be issued by the vet doctor within 10 days before the dog’s departure. Russia is not included in the list of countries that USDA considers to be affected with Screwworm, so the inspection for this disease is not obligatory.
It’s not obligatory in the USA for the imported dogs to be identified with a pet microchip, but it is recommended to microchip the dog with a 15 digit ISO 11784 compliant microchip and register the owner’s contact information prior to traveling for easy identification in case the dog be lost.
We vaccinate all our Caucasian Shepherd puppies against the Rabies at the age of 2 months. The puppies have vet certificates, Pedigree FCI and Microchip.
How Caucasian Shepherds live in the U.S.
The climate of The Caucasian Mountains depends mostly on the vertical zoning, with moderate and subtropical climatic areas in the south valleys and long winter and summer snowing in the high-elevation areas.
That’s why the Caucasian Mountain dogs have ability to adapt to various temperatures range. They have no problem with the frost due to their thick coat, they can withstand the heat as long as they have enough water and there is a shady place to hide from the sun. They are mostly outside dogs but they must stay inside of the house or other dwelling during bad weather conditions.
Our clients who got our Caucasian Shepherd puppies to the USA say
Hello Alexander again for the dog, he is a great addition to our family, he is growing very fast and it showing good signs with the house training.
The puppy has arrive all is okay. And he is beautiful. Thank you.
First, let’s give Honor, where Honor is Due, thank you so much Mr. Alexander for being a find Measure of a man, and for being a man of your word, you have made a whole family in The United States Of America, so proud to be an owner of the most top quality Caucasian Puppy in The U.S.A., thank you Sir, I Salute you.
Photos from our clients published on our Facebook page
How to ship Caucasian Shepherds from Russia to the USA
The puppy has 2 options to get to his new home. You or your representative can go to Moscow, Russia and pick the puppy from our kennel’s representative. In this case the puppy will travel in the crate on the plane as a baggage.
If you cannot go to Russia we can have the puppy shipped to you alone via pet cargo service. The shipping will cost from $1200 to $1600 depending on the state and the cargo service selected.
The following Airlines ship dogs:
Please contact me with any question regarding the Caucasian dog shipping and purchase, I will help you to select the best way to bring your puppy.