The Šarplaninac (Serbian Cyrillic: Шарпланинац) or Yugoslavian Shepherd Dog (Cyrillic: Југословенски Овчарis) is a breed of the livestock guardian type named after the Šar Mountains in the Balkans (Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania).
An utterly fearless and intelligent dog heavily utilized by the Yugoslavian Army, the breed was originally considered a type of the Illyrian Shepherd with the smaller Karst Shepherd categorized as Type A and the Šarplaninac Type B.
In 1954, the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) split the Illyrian Shepherd into the two distinct breeds they are today. It is interesting to note that many considered the Illyrian Shepherd to be the true modern-day representative of the legendary Molossus.
Weight: Male: 77–99 lbs (35–45 kg) Female: 66–88 lbs (30–40 kg)
Height: Male: 22–24 inches (56–62 cm) Female: 21–24 inches (54–60 cm)
Coat: Smooth, tight and sleek.
Color: Black, White, Sable, Tan, Grey.
Life span: 11-13 years
Temperament: Devoted, Intelligent, Reliable, Independent, Protective, Calm.
Health: May be susceptible to hip and elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, obesity, ear infections, skin allergies, bloat and eye problems.
• Banned in Denmark.
• Also known as the Serbo-Macedonian Ovčarski Pas.
CKC Miscellaneous List
UKC Guardian Dog
FCI Group 2, Section 2.2 Molossian: Mountain type #041