Type: Flock Guard

Height: 22-24 inches.

Weight: 66-99 lbs.

Life Span: 11-13 years

Litter Size: Average Size

Country of Origin: Yugoslavia

Activity: Needs daily exercise

Watch-dog: High

Guard-dog: High

Description: The Sarplaninac has a heavy bone structure and thick coat that gives it the appearance of a bigger dog. Actually this dog is a medium-sized dog that's body is slightly longer than its height at the withers The head of this dog is in proportion to the size of it's body. Ears are V-shaped and the tail is long. Despite being slightly smaller than many other livestock guarding breeds, the Sarplaninac is characterized by extraordinary strength and large teeth, making it a formidable adversary of predatory animals. The Sarplaninac has a typical livestock guarding temperament: highly intelligent and independent; devoted to family members and wary of strangers; calm and steady but fearless and quick to react to perceived threats.

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Other Names: Sar Planina, Macedonian-Yugoslav Shepherd Dog - Sharplaninec, Charplaninatz, Illyrain Sheepdog

Colors: Gray, White, Tan or Black

Coat: 4 inches long. The hair is dense and evenly distributed

Temperament: The Sarplaninac is slightly smaller than many other livestock guarding breeds. This dog breed has great strength and large teeth to scare off predators. It is a highly intelligent and independent dog that is devoted to family members and wary of strangers. The Sarplaninac is calm normally but will become fearless if threatened.

With Children: Yes

With Pets: Yes

Care and Training: The Sarplaninac needs firm but consistent training. Make sure the sessions are short so that the dog does not become bored. The Sarplaninac needs to be bathed only when necessary to avoid drying out the dog's skin. This dog also needs to be brushed weekly.

Living Environment: Not recommended for apartment life. The Sarplaninac has an ll-weather coat and will be content to live and sleep outdoors.

Health Issues: Unknown

History: The Sarplaninac (pronounced shar-pla-nee-natz) is believed to be descended from the ancient Molossian dogs of Greece and the livestock guarding dogs of Turkey. This breed of dog is an ancient livestock guarding breed from the mountain region of southeastern Yugoslavia, known in Roman times as Illyria. This breed was formerly named the Illyrian Shepherd Dog when first recognized by the F.C.I. in 1939. The name was changed in 1957 to Yugoslavian Shepherd Dog Sharplanina, after the Sharplanina mountain range where the breed is most common.

Class: Flock Guard

Registries: CKC, FCI, NKC, APRI, ACR, ACA, DRA