- Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info)
- Adoption Fee: $200
- Species: Dog
- Rescue ID: 20-2288
- General Color: White with Red, Golden, Orange or Chestnut
- Color: White with cream patches / Patches
- Current Size: 106 Pounds
- Current Age: 5 Years 7 Months (best estimate)
Zoe was found as a stray in Missouri and put into a city pound. There was no shelter in that area to take Zoe in, so when her time was up in the pound she was transferred to Safe Haven. While the vet in Missouri had guessed Zoe to be a Great Pyrenees - commonly used as a "Livestock Guardian Dog" or LGD.
Once Zoe was at Safe Haven, it was actually discovered that her unique appearance (docked ears and tail) is exactly what a rare breed of LGD dog known as "Central Asian Shepherd Dog" or "CASD" looks like. Zoe looks and acts identical to this breed standard pictures and descriptions. Central Asian Shepherds are a pretty rare type of Livestock Guardian Dog here in the United States yet - and was not even a choice on our website as a breed, so she was listed just as a Pyrenees and Shepherd.
The Central Asian Shepherd was first developed in Russia several thousands of years ago. This breed is commonly bred to be a Livestock Guardian Dog, similiar to the Great Pyrenees, and would guard the livestock flocks from large predators, such as bears and wolves. The Central Asian Shepherd Dogs have their ears and tails docked when young, because they often fight off wolves while protecting their livestock - so having their ears and tails docked, protect these dogs from having a predator attack and bite their ears and tail.
Central Asain Shepherd Dogs are known to be large, powerful, intense and fearless - and therefore are not suitable for first-time dog owners. They are an intelligent and independent breed, which can prove difficult to train. Possible owners should be experienced and firm, and Zoe's forever home should also be prepared for her to potentially be highly protective. Zoe will do best with a large fenced in yard so she can safely get exercise, or perhaps even a farm home where she may enjoy a chance at guarding livestock.
The vet estimates Zoe to be 4 & 1/2 years old and she tips the scale at 106 pounds. We think she likely has some stories to tell as to how she became a stray, but all we know for sure is that she has some better days ahead! Zoe will need to be the only pet in her home as she has shown aggression towards other dogs she has met, and appears to have a pretty high prey drive.
Zoe was briefly adopted by a loving couple, and she bonded very quickly with the male in the home. This bond did cause a problem as Zoe's protective tendencies came out toward his wife, including two minor bite incidents - and even though they both loved Zoe, they did decide it was best to return her to Safe Haven before anything serious happened. Since returning to Safe Haven we have noticed Zoe does not like to have humans down in her face or standing over her - she does seem to feel threatened in those situations - so any possible adopter must be aware and understand how important it is to avoid placing Zoe in these situations.
This big girl is a very unique rescue dog, that we hope can find a home suited to keep her safe and happy - and a home that has experience with Livestock Guardian Dogs would likely be best suited for Zoe.
Interested in adopting Zoe? If you are viewing this description on our website, please click the (adoption info) link above. And then click on the "Online Application" link at the bottom of that page.
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