The Carpathian Sheepdog originated from the Carpathian Mountains of Romania, used by shepherds as a flock guard and watch dog. This large and strong breed weighs 70 to 100 pounds and stands 23 to 29 inches. It has a broad and rectangular body with a head that resembles the wolf. The forehead is broad and wide between the ears, narrowing towards the stop. It has a big, broad and black nose, a strong muzzle, thick and strongly pigmented lips and dark brown eyes that are almond shaped. It has a rough and abundant coat with a bushy tail and a dense, soft undercoat. Except for the head, the hair is abundant all over the body. Coat colours come in various shades of sandy that is lighter on the sides and darker over the body.
The rustic Carpathian Sheepdog displays an even, dignified and calm disposition. Well-mannered, it is remarkable for its unconditional devotion to its master and its attention to its task of watching over the flock. It is said that it can even stand up to bears and lions to keep its flock away from danger. To its owner, it is docile and affectionate but can be aggressive towards strangers and other animals. Agile, courageous and intelligent, the Carpathian Sheepdog can endure the harsh conditions out in the mountains. It has a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.
This article provided courtesy of The Dog Guide.