Breed Organization United Kennel Club (UKC) Website:
http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country Former Yugoslavia Other Names Sar Planina Sheepdog, Illyrian Sheepdog, Yugoslav Shepherd Dog, Sharplaninec, Sarplaninac, Yugoslav Mountain Dog Life Expectancy Approximately 11-13 Years Litter Size Average 5-7 Puppies Breed Group Flock Guard
Breed Appearance The Sarplaninac is a large, strongly built dog.
The body is slightly longer than the height at the withers, and the
front legs account for approximately 55% of the height. The head is
large but proportional to the body, with dark eyes.
Breed Description Breed Description Head: Size in proportion to body. Slightly convex skull.
Straight bridge. Stop not pronounced. Broad muzzle. Ears: Medium size. Drop, v-shaped, hanging flat against the
cheeks. Eyes: Almond-shape. Dark or light chestnut color. Black rims. Body: Slightly longer than tall. Broad neck without dewlap.
Deep chest. Ribs moderately well sprung. Belly well tucked up.
Sloping croup. Topline slightly sloping from withers to croup. Broad
back. Tail: Long, narrowing at the tip, curving in the form of a
saber. Thick feathering. Hair: Long, thick, fairly coarse on the neck (collarette),
body, back of legs and tail (feathering). Short on the head and the
front of the legs. Short, fine, very thick undercoat. Coat: Solid color. Any shade ranging from white to dark brown.
Greenish gray (iron gray) and dark gray preferred. Pied or white
markings not permissible. On all pigmented dogs, the darkest hairs
are on the top of the head, neck, and body, lighter shades on the
lower body and on the legs. Size: Dog: average 62 cm. (24.5 in).Bitch: average 58 cm. (23
in). Weight: Dog: 35 to 45 kg. (77-99 lb).Bitch: 30 to 40 kg. (66-88
History This breed's name is taken from the mountain in
southwest Yugoslavia where it originated, the Sarplanina. This breed
is believed to have been bred by shepherds in the region around
2,000 years ago to protect their flocks of sheep from predators such
as wolves and bears. Some writers hold that this breed was brought
to Europe from Asia during times of migration and may be descended
from the Tibetan Mastiff. Registered by the FCI in 1939, first under
the name "Illyrian Sheepdog" and later, in 1957 as "Sar Planina
Sheepdog", this breed has spread throughout all of Yugoslavia and is
becoming more popular in other countries, particularly France where
it arrived in 1980.
Behavior This loyal, gentle, calm, sensible dog is
completely devoted to his owner. He is not easily swayed. Alert,
with a strong defensive instinct, and distrustful, even potentially
aggressive toward strangers, the Sarplaninac is an exemplary guard
dog. Be aware that this extraordinarily courageous dog will never
retreat. He also exerts his dominance over other dogs. His strong
personality demands early training.
Health No Information Available
Advice This dog can adapt to living indoors, but he
needs access to wide, open spaces and a lot of exercise. This dog
despises solitude. Weekly brushing is required; daily brushing
during seasonal shedding.