The Sarplaniec shepherd dog (ака Sarplaninac; Шарпланинец; Шарпланинац) is an autochthonous breed of Macedonia (Makedonija), known for its loyalty, intelligence, and calmness.
The dog demonstrates a possessive attitude toward family, livestock, and property.
The name "Sharplaninec" is a Macedonian word, and means Shara Mountain Dog.
These powerful dogs have been guardians of flocks of sheep for thousands of years in the area of Shar Mountain (Sar Planina; Shara; Ljuboten), but also at other mountains in Macedonia, like: Korab, Bistra, Mavrovo, Pelister...
Since Shara Mountain also extends into neighboring Serbia (southern Kosovo), the Sharplaninac dog can be found there, too.
Sarplaninec (aka Sarplaninac) - Macedonian shepherd dog
Photo: Sarplaninec dog, Champion of Macedonia for 2007 (Shampion na Makedonija)
Residence: Region of Tetovo.
Photo shooted at: International Dog Exhibition "Skopje 2007", Kale fortress, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.