Central Asian Shepherd Society of America.
Founding UKC Provisional National Breed Club CASSA  ~ Established 1999
We practice what we preach
Central Asian Shepherd Dogs Old World Guardians
         Environmentally Friendly Predator Control

                                          Club History: CASSA was formed by Mr and Mrs Vincenzo De Palma in 1998-99
                                             With the mission of preserving the breed and maintaining a accurate stud book.
                                                                At that time the integrity and the future of this breed was at stake..
                  But the question was just how to go about this?      The answer came to us in the form of the United Kennel Club..
The deciding factor for CASSA to ask UKC to keep CASD records was the DNA-P ,  & the strict anti dog fighting stance ,                                          This sets UKC above the rest &  defines them as a Working dog club backed with science.

               1999 marked the year Jeannine De Palma requested UKC to accept the breed,with the help of Cindy Cooke.
                                     All records, standards and information that was needed was collected and submitted. 
                                        A great deal of work was put into the translations and collections of breed information. 
At the present time we submitted both the current FCI standard  + the new 1999 RKF standard( which has since been rejected by FCI 6 years).. Thus the FCI standard is still in affect that UKC based their standard on. 
    We did requeste that one part of the New RKF standard issued in 2000 be adopted, the section concerning Lack of pigment was changed to a fault.  
                                   Thus combining the best of both standards into a well written superior  UKC standard.   
      We waited with anticipation and  were very pleased that in 2002 the CASD was taken into the UKC Guardian Group.
2001 the 1st CAS was shown at a UKC Rare Breed exhibition  Cozemo, 2002 marked the year we could compete in the UKC Guardian Group-: 1st UKC reg dog Tasha Warrior Princess (2000) , 1st UKC Champion FoxFire NY Courage Under Fire.   1st UKC Grand Champion FoxFire Lady J-lo (2006).

From 1999 to 2002, Cassa has hosted Breed education seminars at the
Toronto Sportsman show, Rarities,  and ARBA Cherry Blossom , being interviewed on local and national networks.
In addition correcting and or writing the vast majority of the breed profiles found on the Internet....

Our rescue efforts were un matched , networking many abandoned CASD into new homes . 
Welcoming National Rescue Angie Wheat into our fold in 2004.
Our FAQ was the 1st for the breed & till this day stands as the most comprehensive English based website for the breed

2003 We held our first National Speciality at a Molosser show sponsored by CASSA. FCI  Russian Judge Mr Polinova t

2004 2nd Annual Nationals were held at the MBA Judges FCI Mr and Mrs Zoran Brankovic

2005 We hit a pot hole and had to cancel our nationals . Replacing it with a  regional... Judges FCI Mr and Mrs Berrios

2006 All New and new CAS from Club members  Judge Mrs Zhitkova

2003 - 2006 . You have seen us conducting breed educational seminars on the local Pet Connection , in local Schools , and have written a complete website based on breed education from a Buyers guide. This feet not easily done , since most text on the breed requires translations.

As the breed grew the club grew , issues came up and we did the best we could to stir the breed into the right direction..
We stumbled and recovered with the total reorganization of  CASSA in 2006, a new website with public positions. dealing with serious issues affecting the CASD.
2006 We marks our 4th year of  Specialities under breed experts from FCI  2006 - Judge Zhitkova


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                                                                               Brief History: Please visit all the links above for more in depth topics.
                            CASD are old world guardians , centuries old .       Protecting the nomadic tribes from  4 legged  & 2 legged predators.                                                      They have a natural distrust of strangers as well a extreme bond with their owners/tribes.

They were created by natural selection, not by modern man. Thus they are considered more of a landrace of breeds vs one set breed.
                                                         Nature did not select these dogs to look exactly alike, when compared to modern breeds.
                              Most all breed we know of todat are man made created than a standard is written for the IDEAL dog of that breed.
Where as the CASD was created by nature and the  standard was of a working dog not a show dog. Much much later a written standard was written to guide the former USSR in breeding a breed they discovered in Central Asia.    This leaves much room for variety in this landrace of breeds.
Size, Color, Bone, Temperament ranges differently changing depending on the  climate, geographical location as well as the function the modern examples of the breed are being bred for.

Classification  UKC Guardian group, FCI Group Molossers, sub classified as Livestock guardians.
When history indicates they are more of a guardian of farm and family , than a traditional livestock guardian dog
In the sense they guard while on the move with the migrating nomads to this very day

Guarding Camels, Sheep, Cattle and the tribes  who own them.
They protect all within they perceived territory.  Be it livestock, kids, your car, your camping site...

This brings us to this FACT ~ This is  NOT the breed for everyone.
'They have a inborn natural distrust of strangers with no training needed to learn how to protect.
Thus they require heavy socialization and basic obedience training as puppies.
In addition proper containment is necessity. They are not the breed for a novice dog owner.

Health Issues:  In general the breed is very healthy due to his vast gene pool , allowing for outcrossing within a breed.
Reducing the inbreeding suppression than can occur when no new blood is infused into a line.
However Hip dysphasia, Elbow Dysphasia, Crippling ACL, Entropian have been found in the breed.
And more so the more we go away from the work of these these dogs and into the pet show fancy.
Which is why we encourage UKC Total dogs and flock guardians as a way to select the strongest dogs to go on.
While utilizing spay and neuter to supplement natural selection in selecting breeding stock.

Coz CGC TDI Pet connection
Princess Ali TDI CGC Middle School demo
2006 Baba Hatim Terez CGC TDI
                                           Mission Statement

1. To protect and advance the interests of the breed by encouraging Total dogs. A Central Asian Shepherd  that can prove its guardian heritage, reflect the standard of the breed and possess temperament applicable for their breed

2.. To urge the members  and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as established by the UKC.

3.To develop a basic protection test program that tests the Central Asian Shepherd Guardian Instincts

4. To encourage responsibility and quality in the ethical breeding of purebred CAS and to enhance the natural qualities of the breed

5. To encourage UKC registration.

6. To promote UKC sanctioned events.
                     We are owned by the Best Natural Old World Guardians.
The Dog of legends were made of LONG before Lassie was even a dream...
1st UKC Grand Champion
Warning Anyone who obtained a "CAS"
from Petco in Early 2008 in Middletown NY
DNA is required to prove Breed

1 Litter of Estrela X Central Asian Shepherd dogs were bred in GA Summer 07.
Papered with UKC Pup cards as CAS.
US Breed Founder
Alert 7 dogs Dead Breeder in NY And Ga.
27 Rescues from ONE breeder NY and GA
Scanned in Vet Reports will be available here soon.