Giving Credit where Credit is Due 1920's to the Late 1980's
As it relates to dog breeding NOT politics, war or religion which all had say in the development of these dogs
If not for the former USSR 70 years of working dog breeding we may not of known the dogs of Central Asia today.
The former USSR Dog breeding practices & work ethics were UNMATCHABLE by any other countries breed standards.
They created a standard based on studies of the breeds back in the 20's..
They of course bred DIRECT Imports from Central Asia & had a free flow of genetics available to them.
They culled heavily, breeding only for Working dogs.
They employed experts that they themselves educated, _ called __Kynlogists.
They did many field studies and they kept these dogs out of the hands of modern civilization .
They did NOT select for color or size.- Looks did NOT matter- giant dogs could NOT work & were too expensive to feed.
Simply if the dog was healthy - good character and was big enough to take a wolf that is all that mattered.
They required ALL dogs to be bred for WORK and they prohibited exportation.
They held dog shows once to twice a year where the dogs would be judged go the standard they themselves expected
all dogs to meet , they REMOVED any dogs from the State Breeding programs that did not qualify.
They had strict requirements for temperament and training. Dogs with unstable temperaments were killed,
They developed different lines based on function some for livestock work some for factory guards.
Pedigree's were kept by FUNCTION.
Example Meat factory guards , their pedigree's were kept by the part of the government who ran meat factories etc.
Some lines were crossed with other breeds by Red Star Army in order to experiment in the creation of a new
Russian Breed Black Russian Terriers... Many dogs that were given away from the Red Army kennel to people were of
crossed origin that did not make the cut in the creation of the Black Russian Terrier or the Moscow watch dog.
Dogs were NOT bred for the pet fancy or by free enterprise since both did NOT exist..
Pets were simply NOT owned by the vast majority of the Former USSR.
Dog Fighting as it relates to a major gambling blood sport did Not exist yet.
Just think about this , Since the fall of the former USSR the Olympics are NO longer dominated by the
athletes of the Former USSR . Why? those athletes were born, .selected & trained to win.
They set tons of records in every sport they participated in.
They set the bar higher for us Americans. This level of commitment did cover their dog breeding as well.
When the former USSR divided itself in 1991 and left the Republics Central Asia they occupied for decades.
This started a domino affect that lead to the ruination of the dogs .
Taking the worse turn in the year 2000 when they changed the 70 year standard for the breed
Dogs are Now bred for profit no longer meeting any form of Working- temperament or structure requirements.