I am one
of those who love good Sarplaninac, especially those with a strong character,
with a good and effective use of intelligence, then follows as per importance,
the head and tail, and all the rest comes after.
The so called "original" and "urban” Sarplaninci, I adore them all, under
the condition that they have everything as mentioned above. These so called
"original" ones are much better than the so called “urban” ones when the
sense of smell, hearing and mobility are in question. Maybe for the Cynological
point of view the “urban” ones are externally more beautiful than the
“original” ones, but this is not always the rule, they are much slower
and less vivid. I use both for reproduction, but much more the "original"
ones. For the work they are doing at my place: following and protecting
the sheep, they are all good, but for working with the sheep, it is as
I said earlier.
Here is a
picture where you can see, from left to right, several dogs with different
characteristics and origins.
The first dog on the right is a female that I took from the city into the nature,
it meets certain minimal criteria for the care of sheep and the character, but
this is not the point! The fourth "urban" dog from the right is with the sheep
since the age of 2 months, it is a solid sheepdog, but a little slower, slower
in its observations. The other dogs descend from the "original" dogs and for
the guarding of the sheep they are perfect, especially the 2nd dog from the
right which is about 1 year old. Externally it may be the ugliest of my pets,
but I think it will be far the best guard of the sheep. I say this, and for
his fighting spirit, and for his initiatives, and he has only 1 year!
The smallest dog on the left, is for me so far, since I raised Sarplaninci,
the dog with the most crazy character, but it operates with bad use of its
brain, and I still have two dogs of the same litter which gather together
and attack everything that moves in the region, especially animals and I will
probably be forced to get rid of them.
I have also
a dog that does not appear on the picture, it is one of my best dogs. I talk
about the work with sheep, it is perfect, although it has a too big white
star on the chest, but it is not the star that will protect the sheep, but
its generous courage and above all the use of its intelligence to situations
that occur. What impresses me with it, is its nose for the game, it can smell
them at a distance of 500-600m. The white dog lying and which is a mixture
with probably 50 to 60% Sarplaninac blood is one of the leading dogs in my pack.
one of my dogs which is 10 months old got a severe injury at the ankle and
the veterinarians gave the most pessimistic forecasts. A miracle happened
with it. I kept it in the city for 7 days or more. Then, when it came back
into the nature, it wanted to go immediately back to the sheep, it was limping,
after a few months this limping became less and less visible, and now we can
hardly notice it anymore. Here is an example of the usefulness of ergotherapy.
This dog is now 30 months old and for the fight it is by far the No. 1 of
I wish well to all those who raise the "original" and those who raise the
"urban” ones. I hope I have helped a little ....