The Central Asian Shepherd Dog is an alert, curious, independent, and loyal breed. Known as a hardworking, courageous guarding dog, it is devoted to its family and won’t hesitate to protect its members if it detects a threat. It cannot be left alone at home as it develops separation anxiety. Leaving an anxious, large dog alone wouldn’t be a good idea. As a large dog that tends to be dominant, it needs to be handled by experienced owners that can take on the alpha role. It is, therefore, not suitable for first-time owners. Early socialisation and training are very important to be able to establish rules early on. Once its role in the household is established, it will gladly take direction and guidance.
It is great with children of any age and would form a strong bond with them. However, interactions with toddlers should always be supervised to avoid unintentional injury. You also have to be careful when there are visitors, both adults and kids, as its overprotectiveness might misinterpret rowdiness as danger. When it comes to other animals, it usually gets along with pets it grew up with but are prone to chasing animals it does not know.
If you are interested in owning a Central Asian Shepherd Dog, do your research so you will be familiar with its general characteristics. However, its overall temperament will be influenced by you through environment, socialisation, and training you provide.