The Caucasian Volkodav
Some other names for the "Caucasian Volkodav landrace" are, North Caucasian Volkodav, Daghestan Volkodav, Nagazi and Georgian Mountain Dog.
Kaplan in the picture above, is two-time champion of the Caucasus (2001-2002.), Champion of Russia and the CIS of 2001. The older is the line of his great-grandfather Dato. Kaplan belongs to the Dato line (see. Tribal Journal). Dato was imported from Georgia, as well as other famous ancestor Kaplan – Rolly. The formation of the type also influenced the intermediate line Borza, Kaptsа, Aldon, Karabakh and others.
Traditionally employed as a fighting dog, livestock protector and property guardian, the North-Caucasian Volkodav is a very serious and resilient worker. Said to be extremely aggressive towards strange dogs, while being very protective of its own canine pack, this breed is also much friendlier towards humans than the Caucasian Shepherd Dog. However, the North-Caucasian Wolfdog is a committed watchdog and will not tolerate any intruders, especially after dark. This is a valued wolf killer and a prized contestant in the mountain fighting tournaments, but is a surprisingly relaxed and an even-tempered dog when not working. However nowadays this breed is more a fighting dog than LGD.
Fighting tournaments are a big thing these days in Caucasus and Russia.
Dagestan is famous for their fighting lines. These dogs are send to international mixed breed tournament to China, where they have already been successful and winning the title.
The North-Caucasian Wolfdog is a fast runner, with excellent jumping skills and impressive stamina. This is a wide-chested and broad-headed breed, with a fairly short and blunt muzzle, large and edged head-type an trinagular eye shape, often a curled tail and large teeth. Compared to the popular Kavkazkaya Ovcharka, the rugged North-Caucasian Volkodav has a different body structure, but is equally powerful and noticeably more athetic. The body is squarely built, with a slightly shorter neck and a straight back. The moderately short, hard coat is known as „wolf-hair“ and is densely undercoated and fully weatherproof.
Fighting rules for Caucasian Volkodavs:
(TRIAL RULES FOR CAUCASIAN WOLFHOUNDS
Author: Semenov Igor, Magazine „Volkodav“.)
This article is offered to your attention in an attempt to shed some light on the history, development and selection processes of ancient molosser dog breed rarely seen in the Europe and USA. Originated from the part of the world where laws and moral values differ from ours some traditions will not seem acceptable to us, but it is important to know about them in order to understand true character of the dog, as well as responsibility involved in raising safe, social, controllable, pleasant companion and protector for your family.
13 Trial rules for Competitions of Caucasian wolfhounds aka Caucasian Volkodavs:
Competitions are held to keep such breed as Caucasian wolfhounds, to improve their unique qualities within the frame of the „Nonviolence to the animals“ law.
Before the competition the chief judge, a veterinary and both masters examine the wolfhounds revealing a possible presence of dangerous substances. In case they are revealed both the master and the wolfhound are disqualified.
During the compCaucasian-wolfhoundsetition both masters and the chief judge are allowed to the ring. Two assistance’s of the chief judge are outside the ring. If there are some disputable questions, other judges outside the ring have a deliberative vote. The chief judge pronounces the final decision.
Wolfhounds compete without collars. The competition begins in the center of the ring.
If a hound refuses to move towards the rival, the hounds are inter-changed. If the situation repeats the chief judge can disqualify the hound.
During the trial the master is not allowed to touch his hound, the hound of his rival, the master of the other hound, also it is forbidden to approach the hounds closer than three meters, to wave a lead or gesticulate, to whistle, swear or obstruct the view. If any of violations above takes place, the chief judge can make a point, if the situation repeats then the dog can be disqualified for the unethical conduct of its master. The master is allowed to encourage his dog.
If the dog was not exposed to the competition, it is pronounced a loser.
If during the Competition one of the hounds pierces the lip with its fang, the competition stops, the fang gets free and the fight resumes.
There is one or more rounds of the trial until it is clear which of the hounds has won. Under the rules of this competition there cannot be more than three rounds. If after three rounds neither of the dogs gives up, the chief judge pro-ounces a draw.
The second round is set up, if after long and intense competition both hounds stop fighting, staying passively or disperse. At the command of the chief judge the masters control their dogs.
The defeat is announced if:
during the fight the dog starts fighting with wolf’s style of fighting (bared teeth, cross stabs with teeth, frequent minor bites) –
in this case the dog is announced defeated for cowardice;
one of the rivals begins whining, yelping or squeaking – in this case the dog is announced defeated for sensitivity to pain;
one of the rivals stops fighting and runs from the ring;
one of the rivals draws in its tail;
one of the rivals has got a severe injury which is threatens his life (the defeat is announced even if a dog can continue the fight) – a technical defeat; the dog cannot to combat and yields to his rival in physical strength (the judge takes the decision) – in this case a defeat is announced because of the obvious advantage over the rival; the master of the dog acknowledges defeat before the evident loss.
Accidental stabs to the rival, who turns away and leaves the ring, are forgiven.
If one or several actions described above exist, the judge must stop the fighting. Further actions of the dogs don’t count.
The Republic of Dagestan
(Russian: Респу́блика Дагеста́н), or simply Dagestan (/ˌdæɡɪˈstæn/ or /ˌdæɡɪˈstɑːn/; Russian: Дагеста́н), is a federal subject (a republic) of Russia, located in the North Caucasus region. Its capital and largest city is Makhachkala, located at the center of Dagestan on the Caspian Sea coast.
With a population of 2,910,249, Dagestan is very ethnically diverse and Russia’s most heterogeneous republic, with none of its several dozen ethnicities and subgroups forming a majority. Largest among these ethnicities are the Avar, Dargin, Kumyk, Lezgian, Laks, Azerbaijani, Tabasaran and Chechen. Ethnic Russians comprise about 3.6% of Dagestan’s total population. Russian is the primary official language and the lingua franca among the ethnicities.
The Caucasus /ˈkɔːkəsəs/ or Caucasia /kɔːˈkeɪʒə/ is a region located at the border of Europe and Asia, situated between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. It is home to the Caucasus Mountains, which contain Europe’s highest mountain, Mount Elbrus, at 5,642 metres (18,510 ft), located on the west of the Greater Caucasus mountain range. The Greater Caucasus mountain range acts as a natural barrier separating Eastern Europe from Western Asia, the latter including the Transcaucasus and Anatolia regions.
The Caucasus region is separated between northern and southern parts – the North Caucasus (Ciscaucasus) and Transcaucasus, respectively. The Greater Caucasus mountain range in the north is within the Russian Federation, while the Lesser Caucasus mountain range in the south is divided between several independent states, namely Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan. The Transcaucasus extends eastwards to the Caspian Sea and northwestern Iran, and extends westwards into northeastern Turkey.
The region is known for its linguistic diversity: aside from Indo-European and Turkic languages, the Kartvelian, Northwest Caucasian, and Northeast Caucasian families are indigenous to the area.
And here Tarzan a Caucasian Volkodav that won the super league of Russia in 2018:
(He doesn´t look as impressive as in videos here, but he seems to be huge and also has a very long body.)