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  • Temperament: Loyal, Independent, Confident Guardian
  • Height: 27-29 inches (males), 22.5-28 inches (females)
  • Weight: 100-130 lbs
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
  • Group: Foundation Stock Service

    The AKC has grouped all of the breeds that it registers into seven categories, or groups, roughly based on function and heritage. Breeds are grouped together because they share traits of form and function or a common heritage.

FCI Standard
Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog laying in the grass in a mountainous landscape.
Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog standing outdoors facing right.
Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog laying outdoors.
Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog face.
Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog standing outdoors facing left.
Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog laying on a fallen log in the forest.
Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog walking in a field at sundown.
Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog face.

About the Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog

Used for centuries to guard livestock in its homeland of Romania, the Mioritic Sheepdog is a typical Livestock Guarding Dog (LGD). Loyal, reliable, independent, and fiercely protective, he is friendly and devoted to his family but very mistrusting of strangers. It is a large dog with long coat which requires regular grooming, and with any dog of this size and temperament requires daily exercise and basic obedience training.

Mioritics are lively and stubborn but in spite of all their independence they are very sensitive creatures in their furry armor. As puppies they stick to the pack which has accepted them. This can be any kind of creature – dog, cat, horse, sheep, the Mioritic needs very close family ties; a house without doors it thinks would be ideal. This certainly depends a great deal on the weather. Its favorite place is always very close to its favorite person. It determines its resting place itself. This may even be the couch or a carpet not suitable for dogs, but as a rule shepherds, even as puppies, prefer to sleep on hard ground. They need no dog baskets, no special mattresses and by no means an allocated place. No “work creating” program is necessary but daily walks and hikes provide exciting variation.

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Young Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog laying in a wild grassy field.

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Care

NUTRITION

Like every other Livestock dog the Mioritic uses its food well and needs much, much less than one might assume; particularly less than various food manufacturers recommend on their packages. When using kibble please choose one with a low protein content as LGD’s do not metabolize high protein well.

There is no patent recipe. A combination of dry kibble, ground raw, vegetables, fruits, eggs and even low fat table scraps (noodles, rice, oats) can be used with the adult dog, which should be fed twice a day to avoid overeating and bloat. Puppies are fed 4 times a day while they are growing. Be careful not to feed too much. Any food not consumed within 15 minutes should be removed and the dog should rest for 1-2 hours after eating to ensure good digestion.

Fresh water must be available at any time.

GROOMING

Despite the breed´s scraggly fur, our dogs are very low-maintenance. They do not require a bath, nor daily brushing. In the event that they become wet or totally filthy, the dogs are simply confined for a time, until the dirt, mud, or what-not may be easily brushed out. A dry Mioritic is a clean Mioritic.

Besides the daily monitoring of eyes, ears, and teeth, the dogs also undergo a thorough grooming once a week. The pups are accustomed to the grooming procedures early on as part daily training, since grooming serves establish hierarchy: The dog allowing the grooming, accepts the dominance of the one doing grooming.

Grooming Frequency

Occasional Bath/Brush
Specialty/Professional
Weekly Brushing

Shedding

Infrequent
Frequent
Occasional

EXERCISE

Growing puppies will have plenty of energy and will need daily walks and attention. Adults will be much more taciturn and a daily walk would be enough for them. Livestock Guarding Dog’s in general are not high energy because their preference is to stay with the flock (or people).

Energy Level

Couch Potato
Needs Lots of Activity
Regular Exercise

TRAINING

Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog’s are extremely territory conscious and they are incorruptible guardians. But their territory does not end at the property gate! It can be anywhere where the pack is or stays. Everything is guarded that can be seen from a watch post usually chosen at an elevated place.

They are absolute creatures of habit which react immediately to anything unusual ….first with attention, then by loud barking and, if necessary, with attack or defense.

The “little sheep” are serious guardians who love their territory, their pack and their routines…and all this they do not want to see being disturbed.

Trainability

May be Stubborn
Eager to Please
Independent

Temperament/Demeanor

Aloof/Wary
Outgoing
Aloof/Wary

HEALTH

Because the Mioritic is recently rescued from the countryside in Romania there is little medical information available. We do know that bloat is always a danger, as it is with any large breed dog. Also hip dysplasia has been seen. Those dogs who do live a normal healthy life have been known to live up to 14 years.

Hips, Elbows, Caer eye and dentition check

Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog outdoors at sunset.
Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog
Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog
Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog
Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog
Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog

History

The Mioritic has typical Livestock Guard Dog qualities. Its personality is characterized by strong independence and a high self-confidence. The main task of the shepherd dog is the impressive deterrence of all possible troublemakers. It need not be trained for that, it simply knows it. From early youth onwards one must teach the dog not to make use of his set of threatening behaviours (self-display, barking, charging). It clearly differentiates between unknown and familiar. It is friendly and reliable towards all acquaintances but shows refusal and mistrust towards strangers. Only after close examination are they accepted in its elitist circle of friends.

The Mioritic is very loyal, affectionate, reliable, understanding, and willing to compromise towards its pack, its family or owner. It is a tolerant, gentle friend for children and it is willing to act as a cuddly blanket but it is not really fond of playing.

Did You Know?

From the May 2018 Board Meeting – Three new breeds were added to the Foundation Stock Service Program – Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog, Romanian Mioritic Sheepdog and Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer .

The Breed Standard

Colors & Markings

Colors

Description Standard Colors Registration Code
Gray Check Mark For Standard Color 100
White Check Mark For Standard Color 199

Markings

Description Standard Markings Registration Code
Black Markings Check Mark For Standard Mark 002
Gray Markings Check Mark For Standard Mark 028
Piebald Check Mark For Standard Mark 025
White Markings Check Mark For Standard Mark 014
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