The Šarplaninac or Šarplaninec is a dog breed of the livestock guardian type
originally from Serbia and Macedonia.


The Šarplaninac is a large, strongly built dog. The body is slightly longer
than the height at the withers, and the front legs account for approximately
55% of the height. The head is large but proportional to the body, with dark


The Šarplaninac is a robust, well proportioned dog with plenty of bone, of a
size that is well above the average and with a thick, long, rather coarse coat
that emphasizes the short coupled appearance. They are about 38–55 kg
and 70 to 82 cm. Although much larger dogs do exist which can reach up to
80 kg - most of these "giants" are probably of mixed breed origins and
probably not pure.


The coat is dense, about 4 inches (10 cm) in length, and can be rough or


All Šarplaninac are solid in colour: fawn, iron grey, white or almost black;
usually sable or gray with darker "overalls" on the head and back, the
undercoat being paler. The colour need not be completely uniform, and
most Šarplaninac have several different shades of the same colour fading
into one another. There are no bicolours and no uniformly black-coated
dogs among purebreds, but odd-coloured specimens do exist. The dogs
must not have large white patches in their coat.


The temperament of the breed is described as independent, reliable,
protective but not snappy, incorruptible and devoted to its master. The breed
is aloof with outsiders, and calm until a threat to the flock presents itself. The
breed has a extremely protective nature. In the absence of a flock of sheep,
the Šarplaninac will often treat its humans as sheep - herding them away
from danger or undesirable areas. They are serene and majestic, gentle
with children and smaller dogs. They are also highly intelligent and bred to
work without human supervision while guarding the flocks in the high
The Guardian Dog
Sarplaninac Dog
Oakley Farm's
Shar Pups
updated 4/9/12
To be a great guardian dog, you would have to be
raised with the livestock you are to protect.
Here, we have raised our Shar babies with baby
goats, horses, chickens & geese. They have been
imprinted with these other animals, so when they are
to go to work, they will know who they are to protect.
Come out and play ya'll !

Oakley's So You Think My Tractor's Sexy
known as   Farmall