We had thought of a Mal but the Ovcharka is just so different from everything and everything we have read about them sounds good, hard work but worth it.
Newt wrote:Also be prepared for nighttime barking, lol.
And to clarify you may never be able to have your CO off leash.
I can't stress enough to research your breeders, there are more bad then good.
Have you ever owned a guardian dog?
What breeds have you owned/ worked with?
Are there reasons behind wanting a LSG?
My Dad is fine with night time barking, he lives in the middle of. . . quite a few acres of land so has no neighbours and is accustomed to my foxes in mating season which are INSANELY loud as well as his macaws which can be loud on occasion, again normally when they are trying to woo one another.
Not being able to walk it off lead is fine, we had a Siberian husky when I was a child and due to his strong will we could not walk him off lead.
We planned to look into breeders very thoroughly, even importing the dog from another country if needs be.
We have an German shepherd x Collie who is very much a guard dog and acts more like a German shepherd then a collie. My Dad also has 4 Irish Wolfhounds.
My Dad has worked with various large breeds in his life having large dogs since he was about 6. He and I are very good at training less trainable animals such as my foxes and my Dad's raccoon (said raccoon will only listen to him as he is very stern).
My Dad would like a Ovcharka as he has a large estate and is planning on getting some more exotic mammals so he would like a dog that he can have around them that will not try to attack them as many dogs with a high prey drive might. As he looks after my foxes for me when I go away he would like a dog that would also get along with them or more put up with them that is larger then my papillon.
He would like a dog that is a challenge as to some extent all of his dogs have been and that is large enough to play with the others.
He is aware that the require heavy socialisation which is fine and as he lives so far away from anyone else he will have no trouble if the socialisation does not work as well as planned. He walks his dogs on his land so never really encounters anyone else but he plans to take the dog to puppy socialization as a pup and basically take it everywhere with him as he does his other dogs.