Caucasian Ovcharka Society of America 

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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.


  • 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.


  • 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.