Named after the Romanian word mioară, which means young sheep, the Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog is a large, ancient breed of Livestock Guard Dog (LGD) that originated in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains.
Used for centuries to guard livestock in its homeland, the Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog is fiercely protective and devoted to its family, but extremely mistrusting of strangers.
The breed standard was first published in 1981.
Weight: Female: 110–130 lbs (50–60 kg) Male: 110–130 lbs (50–60 kg)
Height: Female: 26–28 inches (65–70 cm) Male: 28–30 inches (70–75 cm)
Coat: Thick, dense, and shaggy.
Color: White, Piebald, Grey.
Life span: 12-14 years
Temperament: Loyal, Calm, Courageous, Independent.
Health: Healthy breed. Some may be susceptible to hip dysplasia and gastric torsion.
• Also known as the Ciobanesc Romanesc Mioritic.
• May have descended from the ancient Molossus.
FCI: Group 1 Herding dogs, Section 1 Sheepdogs #349