Romanian Carpathian Shepherd Dog: full guide

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The Romanian Carpathian Shepherd Dog is a loyal and fanatical shepherd dog that is ideally suited to work with. The name comes from the area where this breed originates, namely the Carpathian area in Romania. This area is very hilly and has long been inhabited by Romanian shepherds who keep sheep or flocks in cooperation with this dog breed.

The Romanian Carpathian shepherd dog is a very loyal and fanatical shepherd dog, walking faithfully alongside the Romanian farmer for many years. You don’t often find this breed of dog outside of Romania, which makes it all the more fun to read about it. Would you like to learn more about this breed of dog? Then read on below.


History: loyalty to their owner and origin

The Romanian Carpathian Shepherd Dog comes from the east of Romania and it is claimed that this dog breed is descended from the Molosser. This dog breed is known to have fought in ancient Greece. Similarities between the two dogs include the fact that they are unafraid and therefore ideally suited to keep the livestock together in the rugged landscape of eastern Romania. In the thirties of the last century action was taken to preserve this dog breed and at the beginning of this century this succeeded.  It is remarkable that you hardly find this breed in other countries than Romania.


The character: brave and reliable

The character of the Carpathian shepherd dog is similar to most shepherd dogs. Imagine that you are a shepherd in eastern Romania and there are all sorts of dangers lurking around that want to eat your livestock. You then need an open-minded and courageous dog that will not shy away from a possible collision. The Romanian Carpathian shepherd dog is exactly the dog you want at your side. Should you want him as a pet and you happen not to live in the East of Romania and you are not a shepherd either, then it is good to know that besides being very brave this dog is also very reliable.

It is a real children’s friend and it is a dog that can really be cuddled with. However, it is not a fan of strangers and therefore it will take some time for him to get used to all your friends. But when this is the case, you will only be happy about this. The Romanian Carpathian Shepherd Dog does not like to play very much, but it does need a lot of exercise, so try to go outside together as much as possible.

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The appearance of the Romanian Carpathian Shepherd Dog

The Romanian Carpathian Shepherd Dog grows to between 60 and 80 centimeters in height, measured from the shoulders, and weighs between 35 and 70 pounds. It has a black nose and abundant hair on its legs and around its neck which gives it a certain grace. The Romanian Carpathian Shepherd Dog has different colors that range from light gray to black. They can live up to 14 years and are very loyal to their owner.


The care

As mentioned earlier, the Romanian Carpathian Shepherd Dog is used to a lot of exercise. Even if you do not intend to keep your dog as a shepherd dog, it is important that your dog gets enough exercise, for instance by taking long walks in nature or going for a run. This will immediately improve the bond between your dog and you. After all, it is much more fun to exercise with your dog than alone.

It is also very nice for your dog to just take your side in everyday life. Furthermore, it is good to know that the ears of the Carpathian Shepherd Dog need to be dried and cleaned well. Because of their long hair at their ears they are more susceptible to ear infections and of course you’d rather not have that.


Are there any diseases that occur in this breed?

Little is known about the diseases that occur in the Romanian Carpathian Shepherd Dog. This is mainly because it is a relatively undiscovered breed about which, with the exception of Romania, quite little is known. A tip is to take into account similar disorders that occur in other large dogs. As mentioned earlier, it is also important to check often for ear wax and ear infections.


Dog training for this breed

Like most sheepdogs, the Romanian Carpathian Shepherd Dog is an active and very energetic dog, so it is important that this breed gets enough exercise and that you, the owner, start a dog training in time. Training programs that are suitable for this breed are fairly similar to those for other types of shepherd dogs; there is no specific training for the Romanian Carpathian shepherd dog known in The Netherlands.

This dog breed is not very suitable for dog sports. This is because the Romanian Carpathian Shepherd Dog is not ver