I grew up in Eastern Europe and this breed is immensely popular as a guard dog, but its very rare here, which is suprising to me. They are absolutely wonderful dogs, though a bit standoffish and need solid training/socialization from an early age since they are prone to territorial agression. I still have a very vivid childhood memory of walking 1/2 hour to a local amusement park that was closed down to feed and talk to this dog that was chained to a cable inside one of the rides. The poor animal got zero interaction and obviously wasnt very good at his job, but he was still fairly young, around 6 months of age. About a month later, the owner spotted me hanging out with the dog and I never saw him again I'm saving up money to buy a house with some land so I can get this lovely breed of dog.