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Carpathian Sheepdog

Carpathian Sheepdog
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Carpathian Sheepdog is a very old breed that originates from Romania. As the name suggests it has been used for a livestock guard dog.

History and origin

The ancestors of this breed originated from Mesopotamia. For more than 9000 years they were used as utility dogs for protecting sheep from natural predators. Modern standards for this breed were set in 1934. The breed has been endemic to the region. Until today it stayed almost unchanged and still used for the same purpose.

Appearance and Temperament

Carpathian Sheepdog is a large dog. Weights between 77 and 110 pounds (35-50 kilograms). Height can vary between 59 and 67 centimeters (23-26 inches) for females and 65 to 73 centimeters (26-29 inches) for males. Males are visibly larger and stronger.

This dog has a very strong Shepard instinct. They are fearless and very strong-willed. If trained well it will be a balanced and well-behaved dog. Training is mandatory since young age and humans must insert themselves as leaders. They are very protective of their family and good with children. They can be sensitive to strangers. If contained in small places they can become aggressive and destructive.

A lot of physical activity is mandatory for this breed. Carpathian Sheepdog can function well with other dogs but they tend to be dominant. Socialization is one of the most important tasks for the Carpathian Shepard owner. It is not recommended to keep this breed in the apartment without yard access, but if a person can provide a few hours of exercise and activity a day it shouldn't be a problem.

If not used as working dogs they shouldn't be left alone for extended periods of time because they are social and bond to their owners.

Hair and shedding

Carpathian Sheepdog has a very thick and dense coat and undercoat. Colors vary from very light brown and white to medium and dark grey, usually lighter on sides and under. Darker sports are usually on the upper part of the body. It is a mountain dog and can stand cold weather very well. It should be kept away from very hot places. Brushing but not too often is recommended. If kept indoors shedding could be a problem.

Health and Lifespan

Carpathian Shepards live from 12 to 14 years. Overall they are healthy dogs and have no common problems. Meals should be given in smaller portions to avoid digestional problems. Balanced diet and exercise should be enough for a long and healthy life.

Breed Information

Breed Group:Herding
Life span:12-14 years
Height:Male: 25-29 inches (65-73 cm)
Female: 23-26 inches (59-67 cm)
Weight:71-99 pounds (32-45 kg)
Litter Size:5-10 puppies
Puppy Price:Average $800 - $1000 USD

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Dog names

Rank Male Female
1 Max Bella
2 Charlie Lucy
3 Tucker Bailey
4 Milo Penny
5 Leo Abbie
6 Jax Lady
7 Jasper Olive
8 Hank Belle
9 George Sandy
10 Ace Sugar
11 Rudy Katie
12 Prince Fiona
13 Brady Penelope
14 Maverick Sally
15 Mac Ava
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