Ferocious. Intelligent. Fearless.
This majestic mountainous breed was named for the Šar Mountains or Šar Planina range in the Balkans, where it is principally found. They are a traditional livestock guardian breed known for fighting off lynxes, wolves and bears. Shars are actually one of the oldest native breeds in the world; developed from ancient Molosser breeds.
We chose this breed due to its natural guarding instincts, protective tendencies, courageousness in the face of danger, adaptability to extreme temps, and because we could get dogs from lines that have been well preserved.
This breed requires a firm and consistent hand when training, they are wary of strangers, but very gentle with their family. As far as LGD intensity goes, Shars are pretty close to the top of the scale, and not for inexperienced owners.
Average life expectancy is 11-13 years.
Females typically weigh between 66-88 lbs, with males weighing between 77-99 lbs. That being said, however; most Sarplaninacs I have come across weigh at least 100 lbs at full maturity.