Yugoslav Shepherd

Other names: Yugoslavian Shepherd Dog of Charplanina, Charplanina, Yugoslavian Shepherd Dog, Sarplaninac

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The Yugoslav Shepherd is a large, robust dog, solidly built and well proportioned. Its generously and coarsely fleshed dress gives it a gathered appearance.



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Hair type Long
Origin Serbia, Macedonia
Template Big
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 30 kg to 40 kg From 62 cm to 68 cm
Male From 40 kg to 50 kg From 67 cm to 72 cm
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History of the breed

If the Yugoslav Shepherd was bred for a very long time in a region that once belonged to Yugoslavia, its more ancient origins date back to Antiquity. It would seem, in fact, that he descended from the Hound of Epirus. Shepherds working in the mountainous regions of southeastern former Yugoslavia, now shared between the republics of Serbia and Macedonia, bred the Charplanina (its other name) for the remarkable abilities it displayed in keeping and the management of sheep herds.

The Yugoslav Shepherd then spread over the whole of Yugoslav territory and the breed signed its entry into the FCI registers in 1939 under the appellation Chien de Berger d’Illyrie (Ilirski Ovcar). In 1957, the name of Charplanina Yugoslav Shepherd Dog was officially adopted by the FCI. The official current standard for the breed was published on November 24, 1970.

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Physical features

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Yugoslav Shepherd is a dog characterized by great calm and unfailing loyalty to his master. Endowed with a fairly pronounced instinct for protection and a natural distrust of foreigners, the Yugoslav Shepherd Dog is neither excessively aggressive nor fearful.

The Yugoslav Shepherd is not a particularly difficult dog to train. You just need to do it early, adopting a firm and unrelenting approach. He is a sensitive and rather proud dog who obeys on the basis of a good bond with his master.

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Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Yugoslav Shepherd greatly prefers life in the countryside and in the great outdoors to that in the city. Because of its size and its heritage as a sheepdog, it is much happier in the great outdoors.


Ease of gaining weight

Rustic, robust and resistant dog, the Yugoslav Shepherd Dog enjoys an iron health. One downside, however: as with all large dogs, the risk of suffering from hip dysplasia is never to be ruled out.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size


To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends insurance for Yugoslav Shepherd dogs .

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Life expectancy

The life expectancy of a Yugoslav Shepherd is, on average, less than 0 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

Although the Yugoslav Shepherd Dog is endowed with a particularly furnished coat, it does not require an exaggerated maintenance. However, more care must be taken during the moulting period, during which the dog can lose a lot of hair.

The exercise needs of the Yugoslav Shepherd are far from being enormous. It adapts perfectly to a long daily walk. Any moderate activity alongside his master would be welcome for this calm dog.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week. During the moulting period, brushing becomes daily. The Yugoslav Shepherd does not need to be washed. Its coat must retain its rustic appearance.

Price and budget

Purchase price

800 €
1000 €

The purchase price of a Yugoslav Shepherd is between 800 € and 1000 €.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Yugoslav Shepherd is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play


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