The South Russian Sheepdog is a robust, lean dog with massive bone structure and strongly developed musculature. It is a large, muscular, powerful dog. It is assertive, strong-willed, and courageous. It's a fearless dog with the ability to protect the family. Originally the South Russian Sheepdog was used for both herding and protection against predators, highly praised for its abilities. This is not a breed for the timid owner; it needs firm obedience training.
Usually white but also white and yellow, straw color, grayish (ashen gray) and other shades of gray; white lightly marked with gray, gray speckled.
Long 4-6 inches (10-15 cm), coarse, thick, and dense of equal length on head, chest, legs and tail, with a well-developed undercoat.
Generally a very healthy breed. Some are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia.