Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog
Used for centuries to guard livestock in its homeland of Romania
As with many ancient breeds, there is little documentation that occurred along the sprawling timeline of the Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog. There have been hints, however, that this is a truly ancient breed with storied roots. The earliest images are featured in carved images in Rome, images that depict the Romans engaging in battle with the Daci, who were aided by large, bearded dogs. While the proof is still few and far between, many believe they descended from the Molossus dogs of ancient Rome, and their size and overall muscular build seem to agree. Although depicted more as warriors in the early periods, the Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog, or the dogs they descended from, were more often used for hunting, herding, and guarding sometime after the domestication of livestock. Because of their time and area of use, however, which largely included illiterate rural farmers, there are few other indications of the breed’s overall development, at least until the late 19th and early 20th century, when others began to take notice and written accounts of the breed began to surface with greater frequency. But it still took until 1981 for the first breed standard to be published and until 2005 until the breed was finally recognized by the FCI (World Canine Organisation). Today, they are a rare breed outside of their region of origin, but are still highly-regarded in their homeland for their distinct appearance, excellent temperament, and top notch working ability.
OTHER NAMES – Ciobanesc Mioritic Romanesc, Mioritic Sheepdog, Mioritic Shepherd Dog
LIVING WITH THIS BREED
Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dogs are lively and stubborn but in spite of all their independence they are very sensitive creatures in their furry armor. In the home, they often become exceptionally attached to their families, showing copious amounts of loyalty and a fair amount of affection to boot, employing patience and gentleness with children and generally maintaining regular obedience. Because they were so long trained to be an independent breed, they still maintain a strong will and the desire to make their own decisions, so they need firm, consistent training early on to get the absolute best out of them. They also have a considerable amount of energy and will become frustrated or restless if not properly exercised, so they generally do best with an active family or one with a large garden they can regularly roam and burn off some energy. On top of that, however, they should still receive regular engagement and join their owners on daily walks or runs, or taken to the dog park to run off their energy stores. If they receive proper socialisation, training, and exercise, they are a fantastic all-around breed and will reward their families with nearly limitless devotion.
This information is taken from kennel clubs and other reliable sources
|COUNTRY OF ORIGIN||Romania|
|PURPOSE BRED FOR||Herding, Guardian, Companion|
|TEMPERAMENT||Loyal, Friendly, Lively|
|EXERCISE NEEDED||1 hour per day|
|HEIGHT – MALE||70-75 cm / 27.5-29.5 in (to shoulder)|
|HEIGHT – FEMALE||65-70 cm / 25.5-27.5 in (to shoulder)|
|COAT TYPE||Long, Dense, Straight|
|RARE BREED||Yes, outside of Romania|
|LIFE EXPECTANCY||12-14 years|
DID YOU KNOW?
- Their coats come in only three colours: solid white, solid grey or piebald (black and white).
- Their long hair needs to be brushed with a slicker or firm bristle brush to even their coat out, but will likely also need a de-matter or even scissors to carefully cut out growing snags before they become thoroughly matted and cause potential skin and parasite problems.
- If there is danger present they will make it readily known, alerting their family with a loud, impressive bark and placing themselves between their family and the potential threat, asserting themselves without hesitation if the situation elevates.
- As puppies they stick to the pack which has accepted them. This can be any kind of creature – dog, cat, horse or sheep!
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