Sadly Scarlette no one today is studying this landrace of many breeds during this war time in Afghanistan Iran Pakistan etc.
But long ago English and British wrote about the Asiatic Mastiff before they were changed by the forced occupation of Russia.
If you study which took me 13 years you find that the word Ovcharka is a modern rep of a Russian breed be it CO SRO or their New versions of the CAO.
So no old dog is related to the Ovcharka and the Ovcharka is only about70 years old compared to the 4,000 years Central Asian dogs existed.
The BRT and the Moscow watch dog have Ovcharka in them thats about it.
Now who came first the chicken or the egg?
No way to trace whether the Caucasian dogs , Gamper dogs, Koochee dogs, Tobet , Kangal OLD type, came first.
Why because these countries were NOT landlocked a Kangal or a Caucasian or a Gamper could walk to a another country or province and breed at will another type that we now call another breed.
Now with the Greece dogs they can trace where they came from since that is a Island.
Yet even 100 years ago Wynn took back a Asiatic Mastiff to England, ITalian rulers that invaded Central Asia took home "beasts" of all kinds to put them into the arena.
All I do know is the CAO is not a Central Asian breed any more it is a huge Russian new creation bred for dog figthing and not work..
Good luck in your studies.
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