Trial rules for caucasian wolfhounds

Author: Semenov Igor, Magazine «Volkodav».

This article is offered to your attention in an attempt to shed some light on the history, development and selection processes of ancient molosser dog breed rarely seen in the Europe and USA. Originated from the part of the world where laws and moral values differ from ours some traditions will not seem acceptable to us, but it is important to know about them in order to understand true character of the dog, as well as responsibility involved in raising safe, social, controllable, pleasant companion and protector for your family.

14 trial rules for competitions of caucasian wolfhounds


Competitions are held to keep such breed as Caucasian wolfhounds, to improve their unique qualities within the frame of the «Nonviolence to the animals» law.


Before the competition the chief judge, a veterinary and both masters examine the wolfhounds revealing a possible presence of dangerous substances. In case they are revealed both the master and the wolfhound are disqualified.


During the competition both masters and the chief judge are allowed to the ring. Two assistance’s of the chief judge are outside the ring. If there are some disputable questions, other judges outside the ring have a deliberative vote. The chief judge pronounces the final decision.


Wolfhounds compete without collars. The competition begins in the center of the ring.


If a hound refuses to move towards the rival, the hounds are inter-changed. If the situation repeats the chief judge can disqualify the hound.


During the trial the master is not allowed to touch his hound, the hound of his rival, the master of the other hound, also it is forbidden to approach the hounds closer than three meters, to wave a lead or gesticulate, to whistle, swear or obstruct the view. If any of violations above takes place, the chief judge can make a point, if the situation repeats then the dog can be disqualified for the unethical conduct of its master. The master is allowed to encourage his dog.


If the dog was not exposed to the competition, it is pronounced a loser.


If during the Competition one of the hounds pierces the lip with its fang, the competition stops, the fang gets free and the fight resumes.


There is one or more rounds of the trial until it is clear which of the hounds has won. Under the rules of this competition there cannot be more than three rounds. If after three rounds neither of the dogs gives up, the chief judge pro-ounces a draw.


The second round is set up, if after long and intense competition both hounds stop fighting, staying passively or disperse. At the command of the chief judge the masters control their dogs.


The defeat is announced if:

  • during the fight the dog starts fighting with wolf’s style of fighting (bared teeth, cross stabs with teeth, frequent minor bites) — in this case the dog is announced defeated for cowardice;
  • one of the rivals begins whining, yelping or squeaking — in this case the dog is announced defeated for sensitivity to pain;
  • one of the rivals stops fighting and runs from the ring;
  • one of the rivals draws in its tail;
  • one of the rivals has got a severe injury which is threatens his life (the defeat is announced even if a dog can continue the fight) — a technical defeat;
  • the dog cannot to combat and yields to his rival in physical strength (the judge takes the decision) — in this case a defeat is announced because of the obvious advantage over the rival;
  • the master of the dog acknowledges defeat before the evident loss.


Accidental stabs to the rival, who turns away and leaves the ring, are forgiven.


If one or several actions described above exist, the judge must stop the fighting. Further actions of the dogs don’t count.


Changes of theses rules can be made after discussion with the members of the World Association of fight-in dogs of Asian origin.

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Trial rules for caucasian wolfhounds

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