THE BREEDERS OF SARPLANINAC
dogs were characterised by a very rich fur and an exceptionally strong skeleton.
Mr Matkovic was a very pleasant man and we chatted a lot about the Sarplaninac
breed. He was also the proud owner of Soni od Ljubomira, who came into the
hands of Mr Poing in France and of the very famous Cer-Meda Marsoniski whom
we had the opportunity to see on the property of Mrs Vesna Bojovic-Skipic.
always, we were delighted to stroll through the streets of Belgrade. This
time we made a few excursions. We visited Avala,
a mountain of volcanic origin, the nearest one to Belgrade, situated south
of the city. It is covered by thick forest and from the top you have a particularly
beautiful view of the surrounding mountains: Kosmaj, Bukulja, etc.
At Topcider there is also a church, which was the first chapel of the
court. Inside is a magnificent altarpiece.
his period, the Prince built a palace for his wife, princess Ljubitsa, in
Belgrade. The palace is also known as “Konak”.
During the reign of Milos Obrenovic a great man of the Serbian people
lived and worked. His name was Vuk Stefanovic Karadzic. Apart from collecting
tales, fables, and sayings he also collected folk poetry and translated
it into foreign languages, which made it famous worldwide. But most
importantly, he reformed the Serbian language and alphabet. Thanks to
him, the Serbian people are the only people in the world who write and
speak the same, phonetically.
visited another breeder of Sarplaninac, Mr Nenad Orasanin. His kennel is
called “od Vuka”. The dog that impressed us the most was the
mature male Atlas. He is a very dark Sarplaninac, the son of Voki and Rona.
We also saw the young Golf, son of Lord (Steva from Dobanovci) and from
Rona. Rona was the pride of this kennel, a mother of several champions,
unusually tall and quite large and an excellent producer of many fine dogs.
Rona was not alive any more.
took pictures of Vulkan, son of Karabeg and Rona, a little bit older than
Golf and Ambra of Vuk-a, daughter of Atlas. Apart from Atlas, all the dogs
were champions of Yugoslavia and rightly so. One can say that Mr Orasanin’s
Sarplaninac dogs were of the highest quality at that moment, but Vulkan
and particularly Golf weren’t fully developed yet, Golf looked very