The Sage Koochee is an ancient flock guardian that originated in Afghanistan and Central Asia. These dogs accompany nomad tribes in their travels, guarding the flock and caravan from wild animals and thieves. They have been developed to work under minimum guidance and training. These hardy dogs have adapted to extreme low and high temperatures and can get along with little water and food. These dogs have become integral part of the Koochi tribes, fearlessly guarding their flock and possessions from wild animals and thieves.
The Sage Koochee dog breed has been developed through natural selection and as such, have highly diversified appearance and dogs differ from region to region. These dogs usually stand between 28-35 inches and weigh around 88-176 lbs. They come with a wedge-shaped or brick shaped head, a bear type skull, muscular and dry muzzle and traditionally cropped ears. Square body has level topline. This bred has a long thick neck that is loosely covered with skin and hangs from the base of the jaws to the chest. The neck is densely covered with smooth under wool. A distinct feature of this breed is the dark spots that cover the body, the abdomen, the inside of the mouth and the bridge of the nose. Coat color, coat type and length vary from one individual to another.
There are three types of Sage Koochee dogs, the mountain type, the desert type and the steppe type. The mountain type dogs are heavily coated large dogs; steppe type have medium length coat with mastiff like built and the desert type are medium size dogs with medium coat with an undercoat that grows thicker during winter.
Desert type Sage Koochees are further classified into lion or tiger types. A Sage Kooche lion type is a majestic dog, moving with the head held high as if proclaiming to one and all its proud heritage. The tiger type is named so because of its agile, swift and graceful cat-like motion.
This breed is NOT recognized by AKC or any other major kennel club.
Any colour is acceptable for this breed.
The Sage Koochee dogs have medium to long coats depending upon whether the dog is mountain, desert or steppe type.
The Sage Koochees are very loyal, brave, intelligent and trustworthy dogs that are bred to be devoted and ferocious guardians of their family and their possessions. These dogs are inherently wary of strange people and dogs and would show aggression towards them. Bred to be highly independent in performing their duties, the Sage Koochee dogs have an independent nature and high levels of intelligence.
These dogs are very loving, friendly and affectionate to their families, considering them their packs. They are good and gentle with children while obedient and trustworthy to their master. These dogs form strong bond with their family.
A Sage Koochee dog will make a great guardian of the family, flock and homes but it thrives in its traditional setting and that is with the Koochee people of Afghanistan.
These dogs are free from common diseases that plague other breeds and it is known for its legendary health.
Their coats do not need to be brushed as they are used as working dogs and no importance is given to their size, coat type and coat colour.
It is a highly independent breed that is expected by its people to perform different tasks without any training or guidance. As such, these dogs are highly intelligent and need minimal supervision and training to perform their diversified duties.
The Sage Koochee is a hard working breed with very high exercise needs. These dogs are accustomed to working in extreme cold and in searing hot temperatures. They have very high energy levels and unparalleled stamina. They are best suited to rural setting with lots of work to do.