Purchasing Process

Esquire residential phone line is 440-286-2374 daylight hours EST only. Please leave a voicemail if no answer. Thank You. The average price of our puppies is $2,500.

Puppy Shopper  – This Is the Purchasing Process:
  1. Please read the entire Purchasing Process Page (this page)
  2. Please consider the requirements to fit an Esquire Caucasians in your home
  3. Please be in a financial position to buy a puppy before proceeding (purchase price, transport, obedience training, giant crate, vet, big dog equals big bills
  4. Please have ALL family members in agreement on the purchase and care of a Caucasian Shepherd puppy before proceeding
  5. Please phone Stacey at Esquire Caucasians to discuss if a puppy is suitable for your situation
  6. Please fill out the Application on this site only if you have read this entire page and feel you meet the requirements
  7. A $500 non-refundable reservation fee toward the purchase price may be payable when puppies are confirmed
  8. Balance of payment is due on or before picking puppy up
  9. Understand that the lengthy, complicated process to buy an Esquire puppy is for the safety of the dog, the sanity of the Breeder, AND the safety and happiness of the Buyer, avoiding the owner heartbreak at relinquishing dogs that do not fit the situation.

Esquire Caucasians sells puppies that will mature to be enclosed territory guardian dogs. We sell to smart, mature, stable, established homeowners (name on deed) with securely fenced yards (verified), willing to classroom obedience train with positive training technique, with financial resources, common sense, and physical ability to care for a very big dog. We sell micro-chipped puppies (and register the chip) on contract, and offer post sale assistance and advice.

We sell to qualified buyers who call first to honestly discuss their situation and expectations, and importantly, as a first step, demonstrate careful shopping and awareness where they are calling – not random dialers asking “How much? Do you have pups?” Esquire excels at breeding stable Caucasian Shepherds, but the reality is Caucasian Shepherds on average can be challenging to own, best suited for niche situations. Full temperament is reached after 4 years old, they are wary of strangers (this is a guardian breed!), can be triggered by infringements to territory (this is a guardian breed!), can become increasingly intolerant of strangers on property (including anyone THEY consider a stranger, it is a guardian breed!) and can be quarrelsome with other dogs, especially same gender dogs. The Caucasian Shepherd is an active guardian, not a stuffed toy, NOT a “gentle giant” to the world, or a dog breed to be taken for granted. Be prepared for a shocking reality check and 30 years experience when you CALL. We do sell breeding stock to buyers who will responsibly develop the breed in the United States by established standards.

We offer breeder support for the life of the dog and strive to be as dedicated to my buyers as the dedication I ask of them for the breed. Health and stable temperament of breeding dogs are of utmost importance. Puppies are born in the house and raised in our home (not barn raised or farm raised or left in an area) and are human bonded.

Esquire residential phone line is 440-286-2374 daylight hours EST only. Please leave a voicemail for a return call if no answer. Thank You. You may also message or email if you need to schedule a calling time. We are in Northeast Ohio and can arrange for pre-qualified customers to meet dogs in person. Thanks for reading. More information at links on this site.

Apologies Ahead – We Do Not Sell To:
  1. Renters (this breed is not compatible with lease situations). Your name must be on the deed as home owner.
  2. Open acreage (Caucasian Shepherds cannot roam free, nor be expected to reliably stay on land without proper fence (regardless of how many other dogs you’ve trained)
  3. People looking for strictly outdoor dogs or chained dogs or dogs put in situations to be shot or tied to trees in predator country, and yes these have been actual past inquiries.
  4. People looking for mandatory livestock guards for goat, sheep pens or chicken coops. Our dogs are human bonded and usually prefer family companionship inside house.
  5. People looking for Service Dogs (full guardian temperament is reached at 4 years of age and Service Dogs must be people friendly).
  6. People living in neighborhoods with noise ordinances or noise sensitive neighbors.
  7. Junk yards, car lots, other business buildings. We offer human bonded puppies for FAMILY life and home security.
  8. Weed gardens (legal or not, these operations often do not stay in biz.

We are willing to (briefly) review and clarify these exclusions by phone, but we are not going to be convinced to place our pups in situations that are not a good fit for everyone’s sake. Thank you for understanding.

Attention Caucasian Shepherd Puppy Shoppers – Here Are the Reasons to Say “No” to Purchasing a Caucasian Shepherd Puppy:

One of the most difficult things for anyone to hear is the word “No”. Sometimes it breaks a heart, sometimes it elicits anger. Whether a breeder or a rescue group, we no more want to say the word to someone than a potential owner wants to hear it. Yet, at times, we must. Here are a few reasons why you may hear the word “No” when searching for a Caucasian Shepherd.

  1. You do not have a securely fenced yard. Caucasian Shepherds (CS) are home and property guardians. If not properly contained, they will patrol and promptly lay claim to the entire neighborhood. Quick to figure out locks and gates or to devise an escape plan, fencing needs to be almost bullet-proof. With sharp wit and high pain tolerance, an underground or invisible fence is of little value in stopping a CS. A dog on the loose is in danger of being hit by a car, stolen, poisoned, attacked by other animals, or worse. A general rule of thumb is that Caucasian Shepherds needs a sturdy 6 foot high fence with locks on the gates.
  2. You want a big fluffy teddy bear to cuddle. Caucasian Shepherds are big and fluffy, that’s for sure, but they are not passive by any stretch of the imagination. They have strong personalities and a mind of their own. They bark, they dig, they chew, and they demand attention, especially as puppies. When they get tired, they may cuddle up on your bed, along with the day’s collection of dust and dirt. If you’re looking for a stuffed toy, there is a Build-A-Bear Workshop at your nearest mall.
  3. You want to surprise your child with a puppy for a birthday/Christmas/etc. Caucasian Shepherds are not toys. They are not something to be played with and then discarded when the next trendy toy hits the market. They are living, breathing, eating, peeing, and pooping creatures that need more than just a child’s love. They require time, attention, feeding, training, medical care, and a commitment for 10-12 years of your life.
  4. You have an unstable or chaotic lifestyle. Caucasian Shepherds require a huge time commitment to raise a well socialized, well behaved mature dog. They thrive on routine and are slow to adapt to changes in their environment. If you are in transition, or have a job that requires frequent travel or relocation, this is not the breed for you. The same is true if your home has a revolving door where random people come and go. Chaos leads to confusion, confusion leads to anxiety, and anxiety may lead to aggression.
  5. You want a livestock guardian. This has become a heated topic of debate. Some Caucasian Shepherds make adequate livestock guardians on small family farms where they are fenced and kept in close contact with their people. They are property guardians in the sense that they patrol the perimeter of their property, but cannot be considered trustworthy to remain with the herd or flock. You may argue that in Caucasus they are used to guard goats and sheep. True, but that is only part of the story. During the day, the dogs are tied outside the home to protect the women and children, and so form and maintain close bonds with their family. Even when let loose at night to guard the flocks and herds, they still have access to the homes. Those that travel to summer pasture sleep in the camps, and accompany herds with men on horseback. Most importantly, since the 1920s, the Soviets cherry picked and selected for man-stopping dogs for enclosed territory protection, the social need of the time. The enclosed territory guardian is the dog upon which the Standard is written.
  6. You have never owned or even seen a Caucasian Shepherd but you want a puppy to breed. A responsible breeder will know his breed inside out. Not only what the breed looks like, but their temperament and activity, socialization, and training needs; health issues common in the breed; and their good points, bad habits, and quirks. You need to understand how they develop and change to be able to assess puppies for potential buyers to insure a good fit and a successful placement. You need to be able to answer questions and support your puppy owners if they run into a problem. This knowledge only comes through time and experience with the breed.
  7. You want a dog to train for personal protection. Caucasian Shepherds are territorial property guardians. They guard their people because they consider family their responsibility. This innate sense of protecting what is theirs is instinctual. Trust their ability to assess the severity of a threat and decide on the best course of action. If the need arises, they will do their job. Never train a Caucasian Shepherd to attack under any circumstance.
  8. You rent your home. This is difficult when the family would otherwise be a great home for a Caucasian Shepherd. Landlords are unpredictable. While they may accept dogs today, they may change their minds tomorrow. Insurance companies often have a list of banned breeds, and “mastiffs” are on the restricted list of some city/county breed specific legislation. In addition, Caucasian Shepherds are big dogs, with big teeth, and while they have no more of a destructive nature than many other breeds, their size and strength make it possible for them to do a lot of damage in a very short amount of time. When it is someone else’s property, it may result in eviction. You could find yourself in the position of choosing between your home and your beloved pet.

If you apply to purchase or adopt a Caucasian Shepherd and receive “No” for an answer, understand that the breeder or rescue group has the best interest of both the dog and your family at heart. Consider your options, make changes if you can, or consider another breed that may be a better fit for your family or lifestyle. No one wants to place a puppy where it will not succeed or subject a family to the possibility of having to part with a dog that has become a cherished part of their lives.