The Sarplaninac is a mountain dog indigenous to the Sar Mountains, bordering the Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania regions, from where it also attained its name.
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The Sarplaninac originated in Macedonia where they worked with as a shepherd dog in the Shar Planina mountain range. In fact, the dog is named after those mountains. In 1930, the Sarplaninac was recognized as a breed and is one of only two dogs 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.
The body is medium in size and bone. The feathering on the underbelly and legs and the bushy tail, however, give the appearance of a much huskier dog. The tip of 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.
3) Around Strangers
The Sarplaninac is an independent and strong willed dog. Family is not the main focus of this breed; they are more interested in their flock. They do get along with children in their family. However, they do not trust anyone - friend or stranger - and are overly protective of animals on their property.
Their personality is versatile and unique as they display a calm, gentle behavior when in their family domain which transforms to complete aggression on encountering a threatening situation that may pose harm to their household. This intuitive breed possess a strong barking instinct, letting out a cry the moment they feel things are going in the wrong direction, a trait which thereby make them excel as efficient guard dogs.
This breed needs a lot of physical exercise. On a farm running free it will take care of its own exercise needs, however, if it is not actively working on a farm, it needs to be taken on a daily walk or jog.
To overcome their rigidity towards strangers, it is extremely essential to impart socialization training to the Sarplaninac puppies. Introduce it to those who are regulars at you place and implement the positive reinforcement techniques so that your dog and guests can eventually get along. They may not be the ones to cuddle with, but repeated interaction with a familiar face would make it accustomed to that particular person. It is also essential to acquaint it to various experiences so that it gradually learns to distinguish a friend from a foe.
The coat of the Sarplaninac is about 4 inches (10 cm) long. The hair is dense and evenly distributed. Colors include: gray, white, tan and black. Colors can be solid or blended. The Sarplaninac is one of the few flock guards that come in solid colors other than white.
The Sarplaninac is a great guard for flocks but is not the best family dog. The breed is not affectionate or loving even with their families. Children will be safe around them but not given much attention. This breed does not trust any strangers especially around their flock, which is the most important thing for this breed. This breed will not be happy if they do not live on a farm with many animals they can protect. Living in the house or outside is fine for this durable breed. They need plenty of exercise but will release it on their own by running around their rural homes and doing the job they were designed for.
All maintenance is simple with the Sarplaninac. Regular brushing about once a week is all the grooming needed. They can take care of their exercise needs themselves. As long as they have a large farm to run and play in their energy will be released. Also training is futile because they will not listen to their owners’ commands anyway.
10) Health Problems
All large breeds hip dysplasia and other structural problems can occur. Bloating can also be an issue with any deep barreled breeds. They can be sensitive to anesthesia, which should be administered with care, proper weighing and monitoring. Care needs to be taken with flea and tick sprays. In general there are no specific breed health problems. Most of the problems that are found are primarily problems found in most large breed dogs.