|Tabakini – Caucasian Shepherd Dog Breeding|
The Church of Georgia always paid a great attention to the development of Georgian culture and was a big contributor to its development. During many invasions on Georgia and difficult times for its people, the Church supported the revival of the traditional sector of Georgian art and culture such as: goldsmith art, enamel, woodcarving, Icon painting, carpet weaving etc. Another one was dog breeding. When monks from the Tabakini St. George Monastery realized that the number of Georgian Shepherd Dogs significantly decreased, they decided to establish the Dog Breeding House, to save and popularize the rare breed. In 1992, thanks to help of local people, monks opened a proper breeding place.
It is believed that Tibetan dog was Caucasian Shepherd Dog’s ancestor. However, because of the rigorous climate in Caucasus it turned into a unique breed with specific features. For thousand years they were used to protect flocks of sheep and herds of cattle against wild animals. In the 18th century armies and other uniform services started to use them. Only in the 30ties of the 20th century specialists and cynologists from all over the world got interested in Caucasian dogs. During the II World War, after a careful selection, many dogs were taken to Russia to breed a new species. Caucasian Shepherds are famous for their fast adaptation to different climates and they don’t need as much food as other European Service Dogs. There are four different types of Caucasians: Georgian, Armenian, Dagestan and Azerbaijan. Russians decided to breed the Georgian type because of their massive structure, thick bones and long hair. As a result their managed to create even better species, which was put in the Registry of Purebred Dogs. Nowadays Caucasians are very popular and can be found all over the world. Unfortunately Georgians didn’t try to popularize the breed and didn’t care much about the purity of blood. Therefore during a survey, which was taken in the 60ties, the researchers didn’t find any pure Caucasian Shepherd Dog in Georgia.
The main goal of breeding farm in Tabakini is to raise the population of the pedigree in the world and the farm contributes a lot to preserving the species. Over the last 20 years the best dogs were raised there and they take part in many exhibitions both in Caucasus and around the world. The hard work of monks was awarded in May 2010 in Kiev, Ukraine at the European championship where dogs from 16 countries participated in the exhibition. One of the Tabakini Caucasians called „Butkuna” won the competition among 160 other competitors and became the European Champion. „Butkuna” is a legendary dog, pride of all the lovers of Caucasian Shepherd dogs and well known all over the globe.
Beside „Butkuna” there are other champions that leave in the farm like „Bombora”, „Taison” or „Bela”. Many of them often win awards in exhibitions while being puppies.
It is also possible to buy a puppy in the place and the administration helps to handle all the necessary documents and transportation to the place. Contact telephone numbers: (+995) 559 504 861; (+995) 790 504 861.