Originally Posted by Wildrosebeef
Zaros, many of us here are not from where you are, so could you do us all a favor and explain what you mean by "Sarplaninac"? Never heard of the word myself and would love to be taught what it means.
I'd be very happy to explain the meaning of ‘Sarplaninac’ to you.
Category; ‘Ovcharka’ Old Russian meaning ‘Guardian of the Flock’
The Sarplaninac is a member of the Molosser family, an old world breed of Dog which dates back many thousands of years and was originally bred by the Molossi tribe, from which the name derives. The term ‘Molosser’ includes any large boned, heavily built Dog.
The image of the Molosser can often be seen on many Roman and Greek artefacts.
The great philosopher Aristotle claimed the true Molosser should have the appearance of a Lion and be Lion like with a nature as equally fearless.
(The appearance of the Tibetan Mastiff is a prime example.)
The Sar’ is believed to have been bred by nomadic herdsman to protect their migrating livestock against marauding and opportunistic predators, such as Wolves, Bears and any other would be predator.
These herdsmen, who were thought to have originated in or around Asia Minor and wandered throughout Europe, required a dog that was both peaceful and yet ferocious and courageous in the face of danger.
The Sarplaninac quickly proved to be endowed with these intrinsic qualities in addition to its unwavering loyalty that would, according to legend and myth, see the dog sacrifice its own life to protect that of his master and family.
Legend also has it that Alexander the Great chose the Sarplaninac breed for his Dogs of War because of their fearless character. Complete with body armour and heavily spiked collars, they would be sent forward to instil fear and terror in the hearts of his enemy.
The history of the Sarplaninac will always be one of a contentious nature because of the political rivalry which continues to divide people and whole nations who readily lay claim to its heritage.
The Shar Mountain Dog. (Albanian, Illyrian, Serbian, Kosovan, Macedonian Yugoslav Shepherd dog)
The name Sarplaninac comes from the Sar Planina/Shar Planina; the mountain range in the Balkans extending from southern Serbia (Kosovo) and the northwest of the Republic of Macedonia to the north eastern Albania.
As the Sarplaninac has been bred by many different nationalities in and around this vast area, it is not possible to determine any one nation, who could truly claim the dog as its own.
The Sars’ true identity has been lost forever in the dust that was once great empires.
The Sarplaninac is a calm and very affectionate creature to its immediate family (his master and his master’s family) and its wards (Livestock). Yet at the opposite end of his signature curved tail lays an indefatigable brain.
The Sar’ is an independent and forward thinker, he makes an excellent working Dog, excels in a working environment, and can outwit a human with ease often making decisions on their behalf.
The Sar’ is not an impulsive animal but he will by impulse explore anything and everything that he believes warrants a closer investigation.
For the Sar’ investigative work is a serious business. He likes to know what is occurring within the boundaries of the territory he perceives as his own and cannot rest until he is satisfied that all is as well as it was before his curiosity became aroused.
The Sar’ is a tenacious animal and is not averse to challenging a supposed adversary much larger than himself.
The Sar’ is naturally cautious, curious too, of all strangers who wander onto or approach their territory and will warn them to stay away by barking in volumes. This behaviour does not make him a dangerous animal. His history is one of protecting entire village communities against outsiders and, therefore, you would be well advised to listen very carefully to him.
Because of his intrinsic nature it is imperative that socialisation with other people he is unfamiliar with is carried out from the earliest age possible. An exercise that should be repeated at regular intervals.
The Sarplaninac requires space and tranquillity and it is unwise and cruel to subject this animal to a life in suburbia.
These Dogs are natural Sentinels and confining them to a suburban life would be an inconsiderate and cruel act because they would seldom find the opportunity to rest.
Driven by instinctive they would constantly be observing the movements and activities of the entire neighbourhood. Such surroundings would invariably lead to the Dog becoming stressed.
The Sarplaninac requires and benefits from space, the freedom to explore and the tranquillity of a fairly constant environment.
We have two Sars', Zara and Oscar, and they are strictly pets.
Oscar being a male weighs in excess of 70 kilos and stands 75cms at the shoulder
Zara is considerably smaller than her mate weighing around 55 kilos+ and stands 60cms at the shoulder.