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It does KIND OF look like a golden, but it acts nothing like one! The natural ears for this dog are floppy, but not like a golden’s. I remember reading somewhere about some fool who went to the Caucasus looking for some new blood to put into his golden or Russian retrievers. He arrived in the summer when the shepherds had their flocks in the mountains, and when he saw the dogs, he realized that he didn’t need these behaviors in his working retriever lines. This was back when most of the Caucasus were under the control of the Russian Empire.

BTW, if you want one of these dogs, they are NOTHING like retrievers or 90 percent of domestic dogs found in Noth America. The closest thing to them in behavior is the Fila Brasileiro, which is a breed of mastiff from Brazil.

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Remember how I said that there was a Russian sheepdog from the Caucasus that the golden retriever is said to descend from?  It exists. Most are this wolfish colored, but some are fawn in color. However, it is nothing like the golden, as you can see. No one would ever cross this with a retriever. Retrievers are not dog aggressive at all. At a weekend shoot, retrievers have to mill about with other dogs from other places.  This is the Russian Tracker from the Caucasus. My guess is no one used them as circus dogs either.

This breed and the Fila Brasileiro are the most aggressive dogs.

I have a question: Why would anyone in America, with our tort system, want a dog that creates that kind of liability?

Socialization works, but it is not foolproof!

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