The Central Asian Shepherd (Alabai) is a calm, protective, and robust breed, traditionally bred to protect herds of goats and sheep from predators. This is one of the oldest breeds, with genes tracing back more than 5,000 years ago.
Alabais are great for homes with a secure yard and thrive in cooler climates. They are easily groomed, have excellent immunity against illnesses, and are brilliant dogs. Alabais are generally quiet but will alert their owner when they notice a stranger approaching.
- A gold statue of the Alabai was unveiled in Turkmenistan as a symbol of pride and national heritage in 2020.
- Russian experts selectively bred these personal protection dogs for working abilities.
- Although the Alabai is purebred, you may find these dogs in shelters and breed-specific rescues.
- An adult Alabai can weigh between 88-110 lbs and can grow at least 25.5 inches tall.
- Alabais need at least an hour of exercise every day.
- Alabais tend to be protective against human intruders. And they are very territorial when around their owners, but they come off as gentle towards family members.
- They are obedient and easy to train, quickly learning basic house rules.
- Healthy adult Alabais can live up to 12-15 years.