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The Šarplaninac is the breed most closely related to the ancient Molosser of Epirus, one of the most celebrated dogs in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome
Šarplaninac, the evolution of the Molossian of Epirus
Unfortunately, there is not much information on the origins of Šarplaninac itself, but fortunately, they are for what should be its ancient and famous ancestor: the Molossus of Epirus. The latter was one of the most famous and appreciated dogs in Greek and Roman times, becoming a very precious status symbol for the most important men of that time. The Molosser, which gives its name to the Molossian family, originated from the guardian dogs of flocks that had already spread to the Middle East and Central Asia.
This canine type was fundamental for hard and mountainous places and it was no coincidence that it found its dimension in the Balkans, where it quickly became appreciated for its temper and fidelity. According to tradition, it was the army of
The character is the characteristic one of the molossoids already faced previously therefore, in essence: exceptional temperament, intelligence, courage, love towards the master and distrustful towards strangers.
The height at the withers is about 62-75 cm for the male and 58-72 cm for the female; as regards the ideal weight, the male is around 45-60 kg while that of the female ranges from 35 to 50 kg. The coat of the Šarplaninac is single-colored but with different shades.
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