- 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: 4 Years 6 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 mix - once she was at Safe Haven, it was discovered that her unique appearance (docked ears and tail) is exactly what the rare breed of "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 breed 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 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. Their history of fighting off wolves in Russia, earned them the nickname "Voldokov" which means "Wolf Crusher". 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 while Zoe seems to love everyone she meets so far, her forever family should also be prepared for Zoe to potentially be highly protective of her family and property. Zoe will do best with a large fenced in yard so she can safely get exercise, and she will enjoy a family that enjoys daily walks.
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 seems to like everyone she meets, but 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. This big girl is a very unique rescue dog, that we know will be a faithful companion for years to come.
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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