Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): Šarplaninac; Šarplaninec; Yugoslav Shepherd Dog; Illyrian Sheepdog; Illyrian Shepherd Dog; Sharrplan
The Sarplaninac is a sheep-guarding breed developed in the remote mountain regions of Serbia to protect livestock and personal property. Their history is murky but they appear to be a fairly ancient breed preserved unchanged for centuries thanks to shepherds who bred only those dogs with the right traits needed to protect their livestock efficiently. Make no mistake. These dogs are tough, smart, and independent. For centuries, they guarded the flocks all alone for several days at a time in the harsh mountains of Serbia filled with large predators like bears and wolves.
This breed isn't really a pet. It's a serious working dog that expects to be given an important job to do. If you don't have sheep on your ranch, you can train it to be an excellent guard dog. Don't choose this breed if you're an unconfident, careless, or inexperienced dog owner. A badly socialized dog capable of taking down a bear could pose a threat to your neighbors.
Appearance / health:
Sarplaninacs are strong, well-built dogs of above average height. The body is slightly longer than its height. The head is proportional to body size. The eyes are almond-shaped, dark or light brown, with a calm, but piercing and fearless expression. Ears are hanging, medium long, and covered with a short, dense coat. The tail is saber-shaped, raised high when in action.
A thorough brushing with a hard bristled brush once or twice a day is sufficient to remove dead hair. Nails can be trimmed once in two or three weeks. Ears should be checked and cleaned regularly. Teeth may require occasional brushing using special toothpaste and toothbrush available at pet stores.
Though they do not indulge in high-level energy activities, Sarplaninacs require lot of exercise. They need at least a long walk once or twice a day to be physically fine and mentally stimulated.
Sarplaninac are prone to hip dysplasia (a hereditary disease that eventually causes lameness and arthritis of joints).
Behavior / temperament:
They are highly territorial and do not tolerate any intruder in what they consider to be their territory. They need to be extensively socialized from an early age to prevent them being aggressive or shy.
Training may pose problems, as they have been used to take their own decisions while guarding sheep. This makes them independent minded. Basic obedience and household rules training without using harsh methods are necessary to ensure correct behavior from these large dogs. Positive reinforcement yields excellent results.
They are excessive barkers, which could be a nuisance in an urban setting. This tendency can be corrected by adequate training.
excellent livestock guardians, experienced dog owners, courageous dog, great guard, beautiful
strange dogs, aggression scare, apartment dog
large breed, medium energy companion, consistent socialization, rare breed
Giant Teddy bear
Don was a pup when we got him, and I was about two years old- so we grew up together. He was a dog that was socialized, but never ever trained. But he was a pure heart, he loved me and other children and to play with them, and I loved him too. In that time we had also a female Caucasian Ovcharka named Beauty, she was trained, but stubborn. She loved to escape from the garden and run away from home to make some extra walking trip, and whenever she did that, he would run after her and try to pull her back home. Which was really cute, but not as cute as their mixed breed puppies we got from these two. But I will write about them in an separate review. When it comes to Don- he is one of the most beautiful memories I have from my childhood, a great dog. A gentle giant which kind of also looks lika big teddy you just want to hug and be with..
From Jelena Pavlovic Apr 8 2018 2:09AM
Most effective drugs for stomach acid reduction, also most dangerous
Proton pump inhibitors are most effective when it comes to reducing hyper-acidity in your dogs stomach. Though they are mostly used for chronic and more serious cases they can be used in acute cases, mostly if they are severe. It takes them day or two to get full efficiency so they don't help that much for problems with last for a day or two. In humans there is a link between long term proton pump inhibitor use and higher chances of stomach cancer development, but it has to be really long term, longer then 6 months if i remember correctly. This link hasn't been proven in dogs but the danger might be present. Besides this long term use of these drugs isn't recommended because of other side effects which can be psychological as well as digestive, they can disrupt your dogs appetite and ability to properly digest food if used for too long. All books and papers I've read on the subject say it's safe to use them for 2 months tops. As with any medication you should consult your veterinarian, even if it's over the counter medication it can still have major sideffects if not used properly. .
From Vuk Ignjic DVM 193 days ago
Sarplaninac in its Natural Ambience
I am a big animal lover, but I must admit dog is the only animal I dislike, for various reasons. I won't get into details here, but want to say that some dogs are bearable animal (for me) only in their natural ambience, in the wild and the village. I'm talking mainly about sheepdogs, both breeds such as Carpathian and German, as well as mixed herder breeds.
There are livestock guardian dogs that are both good family dogs, children-friendly and stable. Sarplaninac is not one of them. Based on my immense encounters with them, plus having them in my grandparents' household, as livestock guardians and herders, I can say that this breed is exclusively for the mountain and for being away from people.
Positive remarks are that they are more than excellent livestock guardians. They are mentally strong, brave, independent, healthy and "cold death" in wilderness, abundant with wolves and bears.
Neutral remark - they are NOT family dogs and they are not safe for children. I don't think anyone should use them as a play-dog. If there is some dog that is not a toy, it's Sarplaninac.
Negative remark - They are extremely dangerous and often can't recognize the situation and danger level. It happened to me several times that I almost got dismembered by them. If you are in the wilderness/village/mountain and you find a non-tied Sarplaninac, it could be very messy. I have luck that I know my way around danger and never tried to show fear and run. You have to make them calm without saying a word or making a move..
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