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Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis.

Fundamental requirements for a being a good Sarplaninac owner;

Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Sarplaninac and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.

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It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Sarplaninac and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."

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Sarplaninac Breed Profile

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.

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

Type: Flock Guard

Height: 22-24 inches.
Weight: 66-99 lbs.

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

Watch-dog: High
Guard-dog: High

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.
Learning Rate:

Activity: Needs daily exercise
Special Needs: -
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: -

Life Span: 11-13 years
Litter Size:
 Average Size

Country of Origin: Yugoslavia
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.

Registries: CKC, FCI, NKC, APRI, ACR


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