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Sarplaninac,Yugoslav Shepherd,Illyrian Sheepdog Breed Information

Illyrian Sheepdog

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Other names     Charplaninatz

                Illyrian Dog

                Illyrian Sheepdog

                Macedonian-Yugoslav Shepherd Dog - Sharplaninec

                Ovcarski Pas Srbije I Crne Gore


                Sar Planina



                Sharr Mountain Dog


                Yugoslav Mountain Dog

                Yugoslav Shepherd Dog-Sarplaninac

Breed Group:     Not Akc Recognized

Weight:     Male: 77-99; Female: 66-88 lbs

Height:     Male: 24; Female: 22.5 inches

Color(s):     Black, tan, white, gray. May be solid or a blending of the colors.

Life expectancy 11-13 years

Litter size     5-7

Sarplaninac History

The Sarplaninac originated in Macedonia where they worked with as a shepherd dog inside Shar Planina mountain range. In fact, the dog is named after those people mountains. In 1930, the Sarplaninac was recognized as a breed and is a single of only two puppies who have gained such recognition through the Yugoslavian Kennel Club. although not as common as it once was even in its home country, this breed has been brought to North America to protect herds from coyotes and has been raised for military uses as well.

Sarplaninac Description

The coat with the Sarplaninac is about 4 inches (10 cm.) long. The hair is dense and evenly distributed. colors include: gray, white, tan or black. colors can be solid or blend. The Sarplaninac is one of the few flock guards that comes in solid colors other than white. The body is medium in sizing and bone. The feathering on the underbelly and legs and the bushy tail, however, give the appears of a a good deal huskier dog. The tip with the nose is quite large but not protruding. The tail is slightly curved in repose. The forearm is well boned, well muscled, and almost vertical. The eyes are dark and almond-shaped. A keen, discriminating expression is characteristic.

Sarplaninac Temperament

The temperament with the breed is described as independent, reliable, protective but not snappy, incorruptible and devoted to its master. The breed is aloof with outsiders, and calm right up until a threat to the flock presents itself. The breed has a extremely protective nature. inside absence of a flock of sheep, the Šarplaninac will often treat its humans as sheep - herding them away from danger or undesirable areas. They are serene and majestic, gentle with youngsters and smaller dogs. They are also highly intelligent and bred to work without human supervision while guarding the flocks inside high pastures. young pups can kill small animals right up until educated to not hunt.

Like many of its cousin Mountain dogs, the sarplaninac is mostly a fairly serious and dedicated guard dog. on account of this, they are naturally suspicious of strangers and will need good socializing at a young age to lessen this innate personality trait. They are calm and gentle with their family but when faced with danger they become a formidable foe, not a suitable breed for all. consistent and firm training is essential to be sure compliance.

Sarplaninac Care

The Sarplaninac is mostly a working breed and as such the dog is valued for its working skills rather than for its appearance. This breed however has a extended luxurious beautiful coat that is prone to matting. Brushing the coat occasionally will maintain its tip best condition.

Sarplaninac Grooming

All maintenance is simple with the Sarplaninac. regular brushing about once a 7 days is all of the grooming needed. they can take care of their exercise needs themselves. As extended as they possess a large farm to run and play in their energy can be released. Also training is futile because they will not listen to their owners’ commands anyway.

Sarplaninac Training

The Sarplaninac is highly intelligent and fairly defiant. They are not meant to be socialized. Any training is futile with this independent breed as they do not respond to commands.

Sarplaninac Pictures

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