Caucasian Ovcharka Society of America 

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FAULTS, SEVERE FAULTS & DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

FAULTS:

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and

welfare of the dog.

SEVERE FAULTS

  • Too light or too coarse in build
  • Lack of self-confidence.
  • Deviations in the sexual dimorphism.
  • Head small in proportion to the body; light, narrow, long, coarse, blocky or apple head.
  • Abrupt stop.
  • Muzzle downfaced, dishfaced or snipy.
  • Teeth too small, widely spaced, incisors not set in one line; any deviation from dental (except for absence of the PM1s)
  • Insufficiently marked cheekbones.
  • Eyes large, bulging, very light, showing haw, slack eye lids.
  • Ears large, thin or set too low.
  • Top line roach or sway back; long, sagging or arched loin; rump higher than the withers.
  • Body square, too cobby or long, narrow in both front & rear; too leggy, chest short, flat or shallow
  • Croup short or steep.
  • Stumped tail.
  • Weak bone, muscles and ligaments in joints.
  • Lacking correct angulations.
  • Bowed forearms.
  • Unbalanced movement.
  • Lack of driving power in the hindquarters.
  • Coat that is very soft, curly; has very short guard coat or no undercoat.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

  • Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
  • Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioral abnormalities shall be disqualified.
  • Any deviation from the required bite.
  • Incomplete dental formula (absence of any tooth except the third molars (M3) or the first premolars (PM1s).
  • Entropion.
  • Wall eyes; deep blue; green shaded or eyes of different color.
  • Docked tail.
  • Constant pacing or impossibility to assess the gate.
  • Black colour in any variation; solid, diluted, piebald, spotted or as saddle (except for mask).
  • Genetic blue colour in any variation or nuance.
  • Bluish-grey pigmented nose, lips and eye rims.
  • Genetic brown color in any variation or nuance.
  • Genetic brown nose, lips and eye rims.
  • Tan-marking in black, blue or brown dogs.
  • Height below minimum.
  • Severe deviations in the sexual dimorphism in males. 
  • Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
  • Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.