The other type of Caucasian Shepherd dog,the sort favored in Georgia Republic and commonly seen in the capital Tbilisi,is a dark,tan,Large Wolf headed dog.
Many of the Caucasian Shepherds we see in Nigeria look like this but due to the change in climate,may be a little less hairy.
These dogs average 27 inches to 31 inches,and weigh anywhere from 70 kg to 90 kg.
Again there have been reports of crosses with other dogs to get this sub type,the Leonberger has been mentioned but I doubt this.
More like a Tibetan Mastiff.mixed with the original Georgian type.
In any cases the Caucasian Shepherd dog is a proper breed of dog,now recognized by many standard bodies.
It has a few variations in shapes and colors,but all are CSD.
Back then in their native U.S.S.R they were live stock Guardian Dogs-LGDS-,just as the KANGAL and the ALABAI AND THE CAO.
They were meant to ward of Wolves and other predators.
Today they are slowly being converted to guard dogs in Nigeria.
Crosses between the CSD and the Alsatian in Nigeria produce some very interesting puppies,especially when the type of CSD used is the type in the picture below.
CSD Picture courtesy – koinfo.org