The Saint Bernard passed to the Moscow Watchdog its prodigious size and soft character, while the other main contributor, the Caucasian Ovcharka, endowed it with excellent guarding and pushing traits. The breeders got the dog which possesses Siberian health, impressive stamina and was highly adaptable to Russian climate. In the late 1960s the first standard of the breed was written in which it was named Moskovskaya Storozhevaya Sobaka («Moscow Watch Dog» from Russian).
It served as a guardian of areas for rocket launching and in military airports as well as participated in military parade marching alongside with troops on the Red Square. This breed was prohibited from adopting by civilians until the collapse of the Soviet Empire.
The dog has lately reached the America and European countries and is earning more and more fans there. The Moscow Watchdog is not acknowledged by the American Kennel Club (AKC) or any other significant kennel clubs but the efforts are now being applied to achieve recognition of FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale).
The guarding of the property and the family is a primarily goal of the Moscow Watchdog so it’s no wonder it stays always on alert with strangers. A well-trained dog will be polite and decent around them but most likely it won’t appreciate if the stranger intends to pet it. This exceptional guard dog will bravely and without hesitation confront much stronger adversary and will sacrifice its life to defend its territory and family.
Other dogs can be accepted by the Moscow Watchdog only if they have been raised together. It’s not advisable to keep this breed and other non-canine animal at the same household since the size of the dog is already enough threat not mentioning the possible aggression issues.
• canine hip dysplasia;
• gastric torsion.
The only way of successful training and socialisation of the dog is to set concrete rules and hard boundaries in its communication with the world. The trainer should be firm, assertive and confident and preferably use positive reinforcement and reward-based training techniques.