LES MONTAGNES SERBES
OD SRPSKIH PLANINA
Sarplaninci and sheep from Boban Arsic
Arsic, author of this text and the wonderful pictures of Sarplaninci guarding
flocks of sheep, lives in Kumanovo. Kumanovo is the second biggest city
of Macedonia, it is located in the far north, near the border with Serbia
and not far from Skopje. Kumanovo is located on two small rivers: Lipovka
This city with its municipalities counts about 130 000 inhabitants. The population is multiethnic.
Kumanovo was first time mentioned in 1519, but it was founded by the Asian tribes of Turkish origin somewhere between the 12th and 13th century. Among those tribes were also the Couman people, and as per them Kumanovo got its name.
The region of Kumanovo is an agricultural and stock-breeding region, the city is also known by the tobacco industry.
Boban keeps its herds and dogs on the mountain Kozjak, 1288m high, on an altitude of 800m. Here's what Boban wrote:
"Let me introduce myself with some pictures of me and my dogs while
working. I fell in love with Sarplaninci about 10 years ago, but I breed
them since 4,5 years. I started with those two dogs, sister and brother
that I have received as a gift from a friend (picture nr 1). Thanks to
these noble and brilliant animals I fell so much in love with this breed
that I bought a flock of 450 sheep and a few puppies, a few months old,
which today have 12-23 months, specifically to see them carry out their
work in nature. I also brought two urban adult dogs in the mountains.
It’s only when I let them free in the mountains that I understood
what it is “the Sarplaninac” and everything it can do for
its master and for what you are giving them as responsibility. My dogs
which, like all the Sarplaninci and other dogs have their imperfections,
except for their perfect character, they will never turn against humans,
except in the yard or when people come to 50-100m. near the herd. However
for the wild animals, I do not know what word to use, they are true heroes.
I would not exchange them for anything in the world. In the past, when
I visited the mountains, the shepherds told me things related to the Sarplaninci
and about their behaviour, I did not believe them, now, I realized myself.
When it concerns wolves, they are extremely brave and Alfa of my small
courageous group has an injury, from the wolf, but he remains a courageous
fighter in this region. I love all the Sarplaninci, especially very temperamental
ones, but mostly mine.