the Balkankinology forum appeared as something “refreshing”,
under the nickname Kangal, somebody who put a lot of very interesting
pictures of Sarplaninci and other guarding dogs of livestock with the
sheep or in the natural environment. I have immediately thought that I
finally found a person who could enrich my rubric “Sarplaninac and
sheep”, which, indeed, happened. I wished to come into contact with
this person and so I received the following answer:
“I am student in electrical engineering in Zagreb, I was born in
Dalmatian, from parents originating from the town Livno and my heart is
in Livno. Of my very youth I was interested in the sheep and dogs. Already
as a 10 year old boy I went with the neighbour to herd the sheep and I
passionately listened to the anecdotes regarding the wolves and the dogs.
I have no problem to give you comments regarding certain pictures. Otherwise,
it are pictures of the dogs from the fields in the surroundings of my
village, I know almost all of them, there are Sarplaninci of pure breed,
as well as Tornjak, but also mixtures of these two breeds. In the past
people watched this matter more carefully but currently, after all the
events, they are not so much paying attention anymore, so it is as it
is. Some of these dogs have pedigrees, others, according to my opinion,
the most interesting ones; do not have any (Siptar, his son, the grandchildren
of Nero…). Siptar is in the front line, I am guarantee for his character,
for the mechanics of his movements, for his constitution, but I am afraid
that nobody will benefit from it, he is 8 years old and he did not yet
mate with an appropriate female, except the one with which he got this
son. I saw him for the first time this summer and I was very enthusiastic.
He is tested for the wolf and in all the region people knows that he was
an excellent fighter. In any case, these tests and the combats are the
common happenings over there, people have such a mentality.
Personally, I hold Kangals and the Shepherds of Central Asia. I have two
Shepherds of Central Asia and one Kangal, but soon I should have another
female and a male of Shepherd and one Kangal female. I also have two Shepherds
of Central Asia at my uncle, which I gave him, and so we collaborate together.
In Zagreb, I am learning from the man who has already for 10 years Shepherds
of Central Asia and who is for 30 years in the cynology, nowadays he has
20 dogs. At present we raise 2 litters and another two are on the way.
Very sincerely, my dream is to go back to Livno and to give my dogs the
most natural environment and I hope it will be once like that.
I hope I did not write too much: put as many of my pictures as you wish,
the promotion of the working dogs and of the main characteristics of the
livestock guarding dogs is always in the interest of all the ones who
Here some pictures of my dogs
the sea it is separated by the mountain Dinara. It is located in the longest
plain of karsts, surrounded by high mountains, of which Golija and Cincar
2000m high are the most known to me. From its top you can see the Adriatic
Sea. The plain of Livno is known by the great number of sunny days. Through
the plain run several rivers of karsts and they make the Lake Busko Blato,
which covers 50 km².
On the slope of the plain of Livno are preserved until today approximately
40 Illyrian cities, old Roman roads, old Christian basilicas and many
grave monuments showing the historical importance of this area
Here are some pictures of Sarplaninci which keep the livestock along the
river Sturba, next to the village Mali Guber and the comment of Toni:
“All the dogs are from the man of Livno, Mr Sike Burkic. For me,
he is one of the best shepherds of our region, at least according to his
knowledge on the livestock guarding dogs, and especially the Sarplaninci.
He deals with the culture of the sheep since many years. He had before
a Sarplaninac which he got from a friend of Sarplanina. It was the dog
of the type of Ljus de Brod; he several times told me that it was his
best dog. Unfortunately, jealous people killed it. On the pictures are
the dogs raised in Livno, which originate from the dogs of Banja Luka
and Sarajevo from 20 years ago.