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The Yugoslavian Shepherd, vigorous and active dog

Underneath its airs of big chubby is hidden a vigorous and active dog that has built its reputation in the protection and guarding of herds. The Yugoslavian Shepherd is almost unknown outside of its country of origin, yet it is an animal with many qualities that can adapt to urban life under certain conditions.

Characteristics of the Yugoslavian Shepherd

Also known as the Charplanina, the Yugoslavian Shepherd is a brave medium-sized dog that measures an average of 62 cm at the withers if it is a male and 58 cm if it is a female. This breed reveals a powerful and robust body, without heaviness. The imposing and harmonious body highlights a head proportional to its size with a convex and wide skull, a slightly accentuated stop and a black and wide nose. The almond-shaped eyes denote the calm of this breed. They have a nice light brown color. As for the ears, the dog wears them drooping. They are V-shaped, of intermediate size and placed against the cheeks. In addition, the Yugoslavian Shepherd owes its teddy bear look to its thick coat. The long, flat hair is unicolored and can come in any color, preferably gray, black or dark brown. A few light white markings may be present on the toes and chest, but that is all.

History of the Yugoslavian Shepherd Dog breed

The Yugoslavian Shepherd has been around since ancient times. Historians say that it was brought from Asia to Europe by migrating peoples. The dog has made its home in the former Yugoslavia for over 2000 years. He settled in the mountain of Charplanina, which is named after him today. The Yugoslavian Shepherd was used for driving and guarding flocks. When it was first registered with the FCI around 1939, it was still called the Illyrian Shepherd Dog. 18 years later, it was officially named the Yugoslavian Shepherd Dog.

Living conditions and behavior of the Yugoslavian Shepherd Dog

Because of its role in guarding and driving livestock, the Yugoslavian Shepherd Dog is naturally full of energy and vitality. It is said to have a highly developed instinct. When it evolves in families, it shows discretion and quietness. It likes the presence of humans and is affectionate towards its owners. It is a dog neither fearful nor aggressive. However, it can quite guard and expresses reserve towards the strangers. Moreover, the Yugoslavian Shepherd gets along well with children provided that the latter know how to respect him. And even if it is a shepherd, it can adapt to a life in apartment. He does not need to do intense physical exercises every day. A few daily stimulations that preserve its balance are enough.

Diet and main health problems of the Yugoslavian Shepherd

Like most large dogs, the Yugoslavian Shepherd can suffer from hip dysplasia. Besides, it is a dog with an iron health. As for his diet, it should be adapted to his age, his lifestyle and his physical exercises. In period of growth, it must be rich to satisfy all the nutritional needs of the animal.