Illyrian Sheepdog

Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
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Commonly referred to as the Sarplaninac, this ancient livestock guardian originated in Yugoslavia. Until 1970 this breed could not be legally exported from their native country. They are not well known in the United States and are considered to be rare and difficult to obtain.

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A medium-sized breed, the Illyrian Sheepdog displays extraordinary strength and makes a formidable opponent. They are well-built, muscular, agile, and fearless.

Does your Illyrian Sheepdog bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
The Illyrian Sheepdog is not affectionate or loving and is not well-suited as a companion or family pet. Their main focus is their flock. They do not trust anyone: family, friend, or stranger. The Illyrian Sheepdog breed is overly protective of any animal on their property. For this reason dogs and other household pets are not recommended. They do well with older, considerate children, although children are generally not given any attention.
Illyrian Sheepdog's require regular brushing to remove dead hair and debris. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary. Due to the rarity of this breed there are no known health issues.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
A double coat breed, the Illyrian Sheepdog has an outer coat that is long, straight, and rough in texture. The under coat is fine, short, and dense. The hair is longer and more profuse on the tail, breeches, back of legs, and neck.
The Illyrian Sheepdog is highly intelligent and very defiant. They are not meant to be socialized. Any training is futile with this independent breed as they do not respond to commands. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Illyrian Sheepdog puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
The Illyrian Sheepdog breed is not recommended for city or apartment living. The Illyrian Sheepdog does best in a rural setting on a working farm where it is able to protect livestock. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Male: 77-99; Female: 66-88 lbs
Male: 24; Female: 22.5 inches
Black, tan, white, gray. May be solid or a blending of the colors.



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Illyrian Sheepdog Questions

Can you keep an Illyrian Shepherd in warm Southern California weather? I know Illyrian Shepherd's are heavy coated large dogs and they come from mountainous regions and they are workhorses. I am wondering if 6 months of heat will negatively affect the disposition of this dog, on a generalized basis.

As long as the dog is allowed to be inside where there is A.C, then the dog should be fine.

More Information regarding the breed. I'd like to let people know that the Illyrian Sheepdog won't respond to commands. It will follow you to the deepest forest, it will even put its life in front of yours, but it will not listen to you. They live in numbers and usually surround the target before they start barking, and that is an indication to tell you to walk away, amazingly they give you a second if not a third chance to think about your moves.

If faced in the wild, look for sheeps or any other animal that needs guardian dogs, if you see any, run. If it's alone, feel free to approach, the breed is very respectful and will even ignore you to express its harmless intentions in case if it senses fear. You can still find wild ones in the Sharr mountains, both on the Kosovo and Macedonian side.

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Can I keep a Jack Russel and an Illyrian Sheepdog in the same yard?

Not really. The locales have surprised me when I heard that they sort of see it as half black bear, similar to Husky/Akita's Wolf ancestors story. They do not like indoor living, in fact, they love patrolling. I witnessed a group of 6 of them, but you could never see the 6th one since it was taking a turn in patrolling the area. If these indications don't convince you, two Illyrian sheep dogs can kill an adult female black bear, imagine the Jack Russel in that position!

Also, they tend to kill their bully family members, especially the Elders, their bark is the final word and there is huge respect for hierarchy. DO NOT expect feelings from them, they are ice cold. KFOR Nato troops reported seeing them living wildly in nature, but mysteriously they do not attack people if they are not "owned".

Illyrian Dog is originally from Kosovo, Albania. Kosovo was under Serbian occupation and all you know that Serbia was one country of the Yugoslavia and that's why this dog is called sometimes Yugoslavian Dog, but in reality he has nothing to do with Slavic country. This dog has exactly the same temperament as an Albanian. 1. Intelligent, 2.Honorable, 3. He never lets you down, even when he's going to die as well, 4. He is a strong dog, that he can kill 2 wolves at the same time, 5. He does not listen to you much 6. He never attacks first (if he's fighting with another dog). He is a native dog in Balkan, you easy can find him in Albania, Western Macedonia, Kosovo and Southern Serbia (Albanians Territory ).

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