Buryat-Mongolian Shepherd Dog

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Mongolia
Translation
Francis Vandersteen
This breed is also known as
Mongolian Buryat
Buryat Sheepdog
Buryatskaia Ovcharka
Altai Herder
Hottosho
Buryato-Mongolski Volkodav
Buryatski Hottosho
The ancient Hottosho is considered by some to be a simple type of Central Asian sheepdog, while others trace its origins back to the Altai dogs of the early Mongol and Tungus tribes. It's also possible that it's a descendant of the legendary Bakharwal dogs of India and related to the Sylvan of Serbia, but the true origin of the Buryat Herder is uncertain. Chances are, there's some truth to all these theories. This handsome Moloss has close links with the Kadartchy Yt and Khonch Nokhoi, as well as with dogs from Tibet and Eastern Europe, but it also contains some hunting and breeding blood from Siberian Laikas. The Buryat-Mongol herding dog is rare today, even in Mongolia, but can still be found in certain regions of modern Buryatia, where it is used as a guard and cattle herder, as well as a property guardian. Occasionally, examples of the Hottosho can be seen at Russian dog shows.

Although highly intelligent, they are quite stubborn and independent, and are ideally suited to an experienced owner. The Buryat Sheepdog appears lethargic, rarely barks and is not easily provoked, but reacts quickly and attacks with great force when threatened. As well as having a longer coat and lighter build, the Hottosho is similar in appearance to the other Siberian and Central Asian breeds to which it is related. Strong and well-boned, but fairly lean, the Buryatian is a resilient, robust and powerful breed. The coat is dense, slightly wavy and perfectly weather-resistant.

Although various shades can be found, the preferred colors are tan-black, black, red, wolf-gray and fawn, with or without small white markings. Uniform white dogs are very rare and appreciated by some enthusiasts. The average height is around 66 centimeters, but smaller specimens can also be found.

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