Above is Larry the Therapy Dog… no just kidding it’s not, it’s a freaking killing machine.
The website these pictures are from describe this as a Caucasian Shepherd Dog. The dog’s uses are supposedly for keeping live-stock protected in Russia, but I think it’s just used to train Predators when Aliens aren’t available… or used to eradicate swarms of the undead when things around Chernobyl go south.
In case you weren’t convinced that this isn’t a therapy dog, here’s one more shot incase the site is slow:
… you should get one of these and give it to a friend with a small apartment for Christmas.
I have a mental picture of someone trying to paper-potty-train Satan’s Bowels (that’s what I named the dog in the picture) with a clicker… I don’t think he likes clickers.
Update #1: On a more serious note, reader Reno is actually from Georgia (the country) where this breed of dog originated and provided a great followup on the background of the Caucasian Shepard and where the blood line originated from (I added the links for anyone wanting to know more):
I am native of Georgia where the Caucasian Shepard comes from. When the Russian occupied us they took the dog and destroyed the petigree and made the killing machine of this dog. The original use of the dog is to shepard sheep flocks in the mountines. The dog has a magical capability to distinct the real threat from a false one. At the time the shelter the sheeps from wolfs on the mountines. According to tradition they can protect the flock from wolfs and kill the wolfs. Often the threat of wolf attact during the spring time when the bitch wolf has the heat period the wolf send one bitch to tease the dogs. Dogs are equipped with a special neclase not to be attracted by the bitch wolf. The real Georgian name of this race is NAGAZI in Georgian.
Pretty amazing that it is such an intelligent breed and bred to be a perfect protector of livestock; having the ability to intelligently discriminate against dangerous or non-dangerous targets.
Looking up the term “NAGAZI” does indeed seem to suggest the breeds are related. It is another very large looking shepherd:
and a bit more searching led me to this… which is adorable and I wanted to share:
Big thanks to Reno for providing the back story for us!
Update #2: Hot on the heels of Reno’s comment a native Russian reader Andrey has commented on the history of this dog:
I’m a native Russian, from kavkaz where this dog came from. There is a Georgian type of this breed but the overall breed is primarily recognized as Russian. IF it wasnt for Russians this breed would be gone today!!! In fact one of the official names of this beast is the Russian Kavkaskaya Ovcharka.
I looked up the breed that Andrey mentioned and Google suggested that I meant “Russian Kavkazskaya Ovcharka” instead. Sure enough it yielded more shots of what I can only describe as a demon monster dog that may or may-not feed on bear blood:
This looks more like a St. Bernard to me than a shepard, but I also fed my rabbit dog food for 6 months because I thought it was a pug… so I’m not great with discerning animal breeds as it is.