Carpathian Shepherd

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Carpathian Shepherd History

The Carpathian Shepherd is a working sheepdog that originated in America. The first recorded mention of the breed was in 1914, when it was shown at the Ohio State Fair. The first and only standard for the breed was created in 1922, and by 1931 there were 57 registered puppies. The population began to decline in the 1950s, and the breed came close to extinction. The Kennel Club recognized the Carpathian Shepherd in 1972, but the studbook closed in 1982. The Kennel Club began registering the Carpathian Shepherd as a native landrace in 1988. The population remains at very low levels, and the Kennel Club no longer registers the strain.

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Carpathian Shepherd Physical Characteristics

The Carpathian Shepherd is a medium to large-sized breed that is typically between 23 and 26 inches in height at the shoulders and between 80 and 110 pounds in weight. They have a muscular, athletic build with a slightly longer, broader head than other dogs of their size. Their legs are straight and thick, with well-muscled thighs and well developed feet. Their coats are short and coarse, and come in many different colors, including red, sable, lilac, gray, tawny, or brindle.

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Coat Colors

Gray, Fawn

Height Range

Male Height Range: 26 – 29 inches

Female Height Range: 23 – 26 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 80 – 100 lbs

Female Weight Range: 70 – 90 lbs

Carpathian Shepherd Health

Description of breed health.


12-14 yrs

Carpathian Shepherd Health Concerns

Elbow Dysplasia, Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd), Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat, Skeletal/Joint Conditions, Entropion, Ectropion, Arthritis

Carpathian Shepherd Temperament and Behaviour

The Carpathian Shepherd is hard-working and protective of his family, but needs plenty of attention from his owners. They are independent and stubborn, but are also highly intelligent and easy to train. They are wary of strangers, but respond well to early socialization.

Carpathian Shepherd Activity Requirements

The Carpathian Shepherd is a very large, muscular, and powerful dog that originated in Romania. They are excellent herding and guard dogs and are protective of their homes. The Carpathian Shepherd is a working breed that needs lots of space, both indoors and out. They will need at least an hour of exercise each day. While they do enjoy some running, they need plenty of space. The Carpathian Shepherd has thick, heavy coats that require a lot of grooming. They are not a good choice for people who live in hot climates. They need owners who are patient and loving.

Miles Per Day

15 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Carpathian Shepherd is part of the Foundation Stock Service group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Carpathian Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Carpathian Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Carpathian Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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